Chris Gratton ()
Draft: 1993, Tampa Bay, Round 1 (3rd overall)
Acquired: Signed a one-year contract with the Lightning on July 11, 2008
Claimed off re-entry waivers by Columbus (NHL) on 02/21/09…Registered three assists for third star honors on 01/30/09 vs. Albany…Had a six-game point streak from 12/31/08 – 01/10/09 (2G, 7A)…Wore alternate captain’s ‘A’ for 7 games from 12/31/08 – 01/16/09 while Brandon Segal was injured…Scored his first AHL/Admirals goal on 12/31/08 at Portland…Notched two assists on 12/19/08 vs. Albany…Made his AHL/Admirals debut and registered an assist on 12/17/08 vs. Albany…Loaned by Tampa Bay (NHL) to Norfolk (AHL) on 12/09/08.
Acquired by Tampa Bay from Florida on 06/13/07 in exchange for a 2007 or 2008 second round pick (Jacob Markstrom)…Led Florida in faceoff percentage in 2006-07 (56.7%)…Appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on 03/22/07 with Florida vs. Ottawa…Scored his 200th NHL goal on 02/10/07 with Florida vs. Phoenix…Led Florida in penalty minutes in 2005-06…Recorded his 500th NHL point on 03/06/06 with Florida at Atlanta…Notched his 300th career assist on 11/25/05 with Florida vs. Pittsburgh…Ranked 2nd in the NHL in faceoff percentage (58.6%) in 2002-03 playing with Buffalo and Phoenix…Signed with Florida as a free agent on 08/12/05…Traded to Colorado by Phoenix with Ossi Vaananen and a 2005 second round pick (Paul Stastny) for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard on 03/08/04…Acquired by Phoenix from Buffalo with a 2004 fourth round pick (later traded to Edmonton, who picked Liam Reddox) in exchange for Daniel Briere and a 2004 third round pick (Andrej Sekera) on 03/10/03…Led Buffalo in 2001 Stanley Cup playoff goals with 6 and was second in points with 10…Acquired by Buffalo from Tampa Bay with a 2001 second round pick (Derek Roy) in exchange for Cory Sarich, Wayne Primeau, Brian Holzinger and a 2000 third round draft pick (Alexander Kharitonov) on 03/09/00…Played his 500th career NHL game on 01/24/00 with Tampa Bay at Washington…Named captain of the Lightning on 11/12/99…Scored his 100th career NHL goal on 10/27/99 with Tampa Bay at Buffalo…Ranked first on Tampa Bay in assists and shots, while ranking second in points in 1998-99…Traded from Philadelphia to Tampa Bay with Mike Sillinger in exchange for Mikael Renberg and Daymond Langkow on 12/12/98…Signed with Philadelphia as a free agent on 08/14/97…Set career highs in goals (30), assists (32), points (62), PPG (9) and PIM (201) in 1996-97 with Tampa Bay, leading the club in points and penalty minutes while ranking 2nd in goals & 3rd in assists…Helped Tampa Bay reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 1995…Made his NHL debut on 10/06/93 with Tampa Bay at New Jersey…Was the youngest player in the NHL in 1993-94…1992 OHL All-Rookie Team and OHL Rookie of the Year…His cousin, Josh Gratton, plays for the Philadelphia Flyers organization.