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Tampa’s prospect pool deepens as WHL standout Point signs deal

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The Lightning added yet another promising youngster to its talent pool on Thursday, agreeing to terms with WHL Moose Jaw forward Brayden Point on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Point, 19, scored 38 goals and 87 points in 60 games this year for the Warriors, leading the team in scoring while finishing eighth in the Western League. It capped off a tremendous campaign in which he helped Team Canada capture gold at the 2015 World Juniors, and was named to the WHL’s Eastern Conference First All-Star Team.

Point -- Tampa Bay’s third-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft -- will report to the club’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse, where he’ll suit up with a pair of aforementioned prospects: 21-year-old Slater Koekkoek (10th overall, 2012) and 21-year-old Dylan Blujus (40th overall, ’12).

At the NHL level, the Bolts are currently carrying the likes of 19-year-old Jonathan Drouin, 20-year-old Andrei Vasilevskiy, 21-year-old Nikita Kucherov and 22-year-old Vladislav Namestnikov.