I finally had the chance to make it out to the Ice Sports Forum to catch up with some of the attendees and observe a good chunk of the 3v3 action. Following are some brief impressions and takeaways from my time at the rink:
NHL.com is reporting the Florida Panthers organization has cancelled their annual prospects tournament due to uncertainty over the collective bargaining agreement. The Lightning's future stars were set to participate in the tournament along with Carolina and Boston's prospects. Last week the Detroit Red Wings similarly cancelled their annual prospect tournament held in Traverse City.
The final day of camp was comprised entirely of half-ice, 3-on-3 tournament action between six groups:
Team Brewer - Devos, Milan, Mullin, Witkowski
Team Hedman - Koekkoek, Namestnikov, Nesterov, Paquette
Team Lecavalier - Bradley, Brown, Gotovets, Landry
Team Malone - Clarke, Gauthier, McNally, Peca
Team St. Louis - Blujus, Czarnik, Dotchin, Richard
Team Stamkos - Hart, Langelier-Parent, Sergeev, Sustr
Following are the takeaways from watching as much as Day 5's scrimmages as I could individually focus on:
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the schedule for their 2012 development camp, which begins tomorrow at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. The team will gather for a team dinner and meeting tonight and hit the ice for the first time Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The camp will conclude with a 3-on-3 tournament on Friday and Saturday. The camp is free and open to the public.
The full camp schedule and roster groupings are available here
The Tampa Bay Lightning have released their final roster for their Young Guns Prospect Camp scheduled for July 8-15 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The camp includes a prospect scrimmage on July 11 at 7pm that is open and free to the public and will include autograph sessions by the prospects and newly signed Lightning defensemen Mattias Ohlund and Matt Walker.
The camp roster includes the following Bolt prospects and non-organizational invitees:
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that six players originally scheduled to attend the camp have been omitted from the final roster and includes forwards Johan Harju, Justin Courtnall, Denis Kazionov, Dmitri Kazionov, Paul Szczechura, and Steve Downie.
TBL.com sat down with the Lightning's Brian Lawton following this week's Prospect Camp to get a feel for which prospects not named Stamkos raised some eyebrows. Getting special props from Lawton were Andy Rogers and Chris Lawrence.
â€œChris Lawrence really surprised us, as did Andy Rogers. They are the perfect example of guys who just needed a fresh start and both responded very well. You can expect to see them in our main camp in Tampa and in exhibition games this year. We expect both of them to take a dramatic upswing in their careers.â€
Lawton also praised new defensive prospect Ty Wishart acquired in the trade with San Jose for Dan Boyle. â€œTyâ€™s been a terrific surprise â€“ heâ€™s got such good size and mobility with strong stick and puck skills. Heâ€™s a lot further along than we thought when we made the trade for him.â€