(June 23, 2012) – The Tampa Bay Lightning, with the 40th overall pick in the National Hockey League’s 2012 Entry Draft, selected Amherst native and defenseman Dylan Blujus. The Western New Yorker, who measures 6 feet 3 inches and weighs approximately 195 points, was ranked among the top 75 North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting and was expected to be a selection in this year’s draft.
Blujus’s hockey upbringing in Western New York includes time with the Wheatfield Blades organization, skating under the coaching direction of area native and former Washington Capital Pete Scamurra. He later moved on to the Buffalo Regals, and in 2010 joined the Ontario Hockey League’s Brampton Battalion. Over the past two seasons, Blujus recorded 11 goals and 49 assists in 133 regular season games. He also recorded one goal and four assists in 12 playoff appearances with the Batallion.