Mitchell Stephens didn't have to wait very long into the second round of the 2015 NHL entry draft to hear his name called today. The eighteen year old Peterborough, ON native was selected by Stanley Cup finalist Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round, 33 overall.
Stephens was originally expected to be a late second round-to mid-third round pick but his success at the international level for team Canada, along with his performance at the CHL top prospects game earlier this season in St. Catherines, ON increased his value and the Lightning made him their first pick in this years draft. He will join a very young and talented Lightning organization led by former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman.
Stephens captained team Canada at the IIHF under 18 world championships in Lucerne, Switzerland earlier this season. He was also a member of team Canada's bronze medal winning team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka memorial cup. He will add to his international resume when he and teammate Dylan Sadowy (2014 third round selection, 71 overall of the San Jose Sharks) make their way to the team Canada National Junior team development camp in a few weeks.