The 2015-2016 season is getting smaller in the rearview mirror and the 2016 offseason is almost half over. The Lightning appear to have had a solid draft at first glance, but time will be the ultimate judge. The club followed the excitement around the draft with potentially the biggest offseason in its history, locking up Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman until well into the 2020’s. Alex Killorn joined the core club just a few weeks later.
With old-timers coming back and new blood in the system, it’s time for our annual Supplemental Rankings, where we insert the club’s latest draftees into our existing list of top prospects.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Gourde, 24, appeared in two games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 regular season, posting an assist and two penalty minutes. Gourde made his NHL debut with the Bolts last season on December 15 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and posted an assist, his first career NHL point. The 5-foot-9, 167-pound forward also played in 65 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, recording 14 goals and 44 points to go along with 42 penalty minutes. He ranked fourth on Syracuse for points and assists and was tied for fourth on the club for goals.
The Saint-Narcisse, Quebec native has skated in two career NHL games, all with the Lightning last season, posting an assist. Gourde has also played in 242 career AHL games over five seasons with the Crunch and Worcester Sharks, collecting 58 goals and 150 points. During the 2014-15 season, Gourde led the Crunch for goals with 29 and ranked second for points with 57.
Gourde went undrafted and originally agreed to terms with the Lightning on March 9, 2014.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year contract worth an average of $4.45 million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Killorn, 26, played in 81 games for the Lightning last season, collecting 14 goals and 40 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes. Killorn ranked tied for fourth for goals and points among Lightning skaters. Killorn also skated in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2016, where he recorded five goals and 13 points. He ranked tied for third on the team for goals, was fifth for points and led all skaters with 42 penalty minutes. Killorn also ranked fourth on Tampa Bay for time on ice among forwards with 18:19 per contest. He netted two goals in the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins and three in the opening round against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia native has played in 272 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, amassing 53 goals and 138 points. He also has a career plus-24 rating. Killorn set career highs with 17 goals and 41 points in 2013-14. He made his NHL debut on February 10, 2013 against the New York Rangers, recording an assist in the game. Killorn has played in 47 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 15 goals and 33 points. He ranked third on the Bolts for goals and points in helping Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup Final during the 2015 playoffs.
Killorn was originally selected by the Lightning in the third round, 77th overall, at the 2007 NHL Draft.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Cory Conacher to a one-year, one-way contract worth $575,000, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Conacher, 26, has skated in 141 career NHL games with three different teams over three seasons, posting 19 goals and 58 points to go along with 84 penalty minutes. He had his most successful NHL stint with the Bolts during the 2012-13 season, recording nine goals and 24 points in 35 games. In his first six NHL games while playing for the Lightning, Conacher collected five goals and 12 points. Conacher was traded by the Lightning, along with a 2013 fourth-round draft pick, to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop on April 3, 2013.
The Burlington, Ontario native played in 48 games with Bern SC of the Swiss-A league during the 2015-16 season, collecting a team-best 22 goals and 52 points in his first season with the club. Conacher also registered five goals and nine points in 14 playoff games, helping Bern win the National League A title. Last season, he also played for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup and helped them capture the title while be named to the tournament’s all-star team.
The 5-foot-8, 182-pound forward has appeared in 166 career American Hockey League games, recording 67 goals and 153 points. Conacher set career highs during the 2011-12 AHL season, posting 39 goals and 80 points in 75 games with the Norfolk Admirals, the Lightning’s top affiliate. That season, Conacher led the Admirals to a Calder Cup Championship and was awarded the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s regular season MVP.
Conacher went undrafted and originally signed as a free agent with the Bolts on March 3, 2012.
This month’s blog entry comes at you in lieu of a podcast. When we created this site over a decade ago our family and professional lives were a lot different, and life keeps finding new ways to get in the way. So, I’m writing this on one of USA’s highways on the way to a family vacation destination (from the passenger seat — don’t type on a laptop and drive, kids).
Is it just me, or could Steve Yzerman stare down the angel of death and win?
“Steve, I’ve come to take you. It’s your time.”
“No it’s not.”
“Okay, my mistake. Bye.”
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Mike Halmo to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Halmo, 25, played in 74 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League last season, collecting 22 goals and 41 points to go along with 117 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Sound Tigers for goals and was third for points. Halmo set career highs last season for games played, goals and points. The Waterloo, Ontario native has skated in 214 career AHL games, all with Bridgeport over the past five seasons, posting 56 goals and 112 points.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound forward has appeared in 20 career NHL games, all with the New York Islanders during the 2013-14 season, posting one goal and 32 penalty minutes. Halmo made his NHL debut on February 27, 2014 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and netted his first career NHL goal on April 1, 2014 against the Florida Panthers (Scott Clemmensen).
Halmo went undrafted and originally signed as a free agent with the Islanders on March 10, 2012.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, played in 41 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season, posting a 16-12-8 record with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. He led all Crunch goaltenders (min. 13 games) in games played, wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts. Gudlevskis won a season-high five consecutive games from March 19 through March 26.
The Aizkraukle, Latvia native has played in two career NHL regular season games, notching a 2.00 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage with a 1-0-1 record. Gudlevskis has also participated in two Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting a 1.50 goals-against average and a .957 save percentage. He has skated in 121 career AHL games, all with Syracuse, and posted a 59-37-12 record with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
Gudlevskis was drafted by the Lightning in the fifth round, 124th overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft. He played in two games for Latvia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, including a 55-save performance against Team Canada in a 2-1 quarterfinal loss.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Dennis Yan to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Yan, 6-foot-2, 186 pounds, played in 62 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, recording 32 goals and 69 points. He ranked third on the Cataractes for goals and was fourth for points. Of his goals, 13 of them came on the power play. Yan also played in 20 playoff games and recorded 10 goals and 15 points.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Yan has spent the previous two seasons with Shawinigan, recording 65 goals and 133 points. He has also played in 27 career playoff games, registering 17 goals and 23 points.
Yan was selected by the Lightning in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2015 NHL Draft. He is currently participating in the Lightning’s development camp which concludes tomorrow.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Gabriel Dumont to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Dumont, 5-foot-10, 181 pounds, appeared in 71 games with the St. John’s IceCaps last season, notching 19 goals and 49 points. He ranked tied for second on the team for goals and was third for points.
A native of Ville Degelis, Quebec, Dumont has played in 18 career NHL games, all with the Montreal Canadiens, recording a goal and three points. He has skated in 389 career AHL games with the IceCaps and the Hamilton Bulldogs, registering 92 goals and 203 points. The former IceCaps captain also participated in the 2012-13 AHL All-Star Classic.
Dumont was drafted by Montreal in the fifth round, 139th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Jeremy Morin to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Morin, 6-foot-1, 189 pounds, played in 59 AHL games last season with the Rockford IceHogs, Toronto Marlies and San Jose Barracuda. He registered 16 goals and 42 points. Morin also skated in four Calder Cup Playoff games with San Jose.
A native of Auburn, New York, Morin has appeared in 82 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets, registering 10 goals and 22 points. He has also played in 267 career AHL contests and amassed 97 goals and 200 points.
Morin was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round, 45th overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft.