As Paul Lynch sat in the stands at the National Car Rental Center
during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and listened to 137 names called
without hearing his own, he couldn’t help but feel a little despair.
Scouts had predicted and Lynch himself expected to hear his name by
the third round, at the very latest. The young Massachusetts native
was forced to wait until the fifth round before hearing the words
every young hockey player dreams of: “With our pick we select…”
“I expected and was told I would go third, possibly higher, and when
it didn’t happen, it was hard,” Lynch explained. “I knew during the
season when I tore my knee, it would have a big effect on where I was
going to go.”
Now Lynch is a man on a mission. The mission: to prove his value. He
has spent the summer working out at Mike Boyle’s gym, where Tampa Bay
Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has been diligently training
through out the off-season. He has also spent a good deal of time at
Lightning Special Skills Coach Paul Vincent’s camp. While Lynch’s
skating surely doesn’t need improvement, he is looking to fine-tune
other areas of his game.
Most young players growing up in Boston dream of being the hometown
hero at local schools, but not Lynch. He chose the University of
Maine over both Boston College and Merrimack.
“I didn’t want to get distracted by anything near the city,” Lynch
explained. The serious hockey atmosphere set by head coach Shawn
Walsh lured Lynch to Maine. “He is a great guy who tak Read more»