It’s been roughly 90 hours since the Tampa Bay Lightning used their first round pick to take Nolan Foote. Following Philip Tomasino, Connor McMichael, and Jakob Pelletier, Nolan Foote heard his name called as the 27th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Sitting next to brother Cal Foote, they both looked a bit surprised and then very happy that they would be in the same NHL organization together.
Now, the Lightning have signed the younger Foote to a three-year entry level contract. It also appears to make him the first from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft class to sign his ELC. Being a first round pick, it’s a pretty good bet that his contract is for the maximum amount allowed. The big question mark will be around exact performance bonuses, though many of these performance bonuses prove to be difficult to hit by players that aren’t exceptional talents.
Brother Cal Foote was the Lightning’s most recent previous first round pick.