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2006 NHL Entry Draft Preview: Lightning Strengths, Weaknesses, Tendencies and Philosophies

[i][b]Update 6/21:[/b] I'm going to sticky this at the top of the site until draft day so it doesn't get lost. I'm also going to provide the links to our draft capsules on this page: [url=http://www.forecaster.ca/tbo/hockey/draft-team.cgi?TB&DraftID=13]Lightning Picks[/url] 1st Rd, 15th Overall: G Riku Helenius, 6'3" 202 lbs, Ilves Jr. (FIN Jr.) 3rd Round, 78th Overall: D Kevin Quick, 6'0" 175 lbs, Salisbury (USHS) 6th Round, 168th Overall: D Dane Crowley, 6'2" 210 lbs, Swift Current (WHL) 7th Round, 198th Overall: LW Denis Kazionov, 6'3" 187 lbs, Tver (RUS2) [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1143]Goaltenders[/url] [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1144]Defensemen[/url] [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1145]Forwards Pt. 1[/url] [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1147]Forwards Pt. 2[/url] [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1150]Forwards Pt. 3[/url] [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1153]Forwards Pt. 4[/url] [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1162]Pete's Mock Draft[/url] For those who don't have the time to read the whole article, scroll down to the summary at the end.[/i]

new goalies

Ok now we have Norrena. does that mean that Burke goes to SF to teach the younger goalies? I think he does, jay offers him a buyout and he goeas to work as a coach to work with Coleman and Boutin. That means we have one more spot open for a goalie. How close is jay to signing Ramo? Is Ramo the real deal? Only time will tell, but it should be an interesting summer. Plus that means we can wheel and deal for a couple of d-men without trading away any of the top 6- I think.

Sheldon Keefe?

Whatever became of Sheldon Keefe? If I recall, he was sent to the Rangers back in the day. Is the kid still in hockey?

Keller signs with Bolts...

TBO.com is reporting on their website that the Lightning has signed Junior sniper Justin Keller to a standard three year rookie contract. I'm glad to see this, that the Bolts are moving quickly to get their people under contract. In my opinion signing Keller, Lascek, and resigning Richards were top priorities and I'm glad to see Jay Feaster thought along those same lines. I think the two young junior stars along with the hopefully soon signing of Blair Jones will go along way to securing the future firepower of this organization. Along with the talent the Lightning already have on their roster, these young players, and the crop of talented young defensemen the organization has in it's stable, this should be a good team for years to come.

Richard's gets his new deal...

So I saw that the bolts locked up Brad Richards long term this morning. It's a good deal for him obviously, I mean who wouldn't like to make 7.8 million a year. We get him here 5 more years which is a plus because he is our top player and one of the best playmakers in the game. The problem is now with his new huge deal how does the team go out now and get a decent goalie and upgrade the defense? This worries me alot and it might be a sign that a strong youth movement is in the works for the team. We'll have some good forwards but the team will be young and inexperienced in many positions, this is trouble.
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