USA 2 vs. Canada 3
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 12 PIM
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Jonathan Drouin had the primary assist on Curtis Lazar's power play, game winning goal as Canada edged USA 3-2. Drouin's Halifax teammate, Zachary Fucale, made 24 key stops on the way to being named the match's best player. Fucale was a second round pick by the Canadiens in the June draft.
Sweden 3 vs. Russia 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Loss, 29/32, 3.02 GAA, .906 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 1.61 GAA, .939 sv%
Montreal second rounder Jacob de la Rose scored with just 2:22 left in regulation to lift Sweden to a 3-2 triumph over Russia in the marquee matchup of Group B. Blue Jackets second rounder Oscar Dansk made 23 saves for the victory for Sweden. Vasilevskiy was named Player of the Game for Russia.
Finland 3 vs. Switzerland 4
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
Switzerland strikes again, this time upsetting the Finns, who had just upset the Russians. Ikonen had his second assist in as many games.
Canada and Sweden take the top spots in Group A and Group B, respectively. USA finishes in second in Group A and Russia finishes in third in Group B. The Quarterfinal Round takes place Thursday with USA and Russia squaring off in what may be a classic match and Canada drawing Switzerland. Finland will face the Czechs.
Germany 0 vs. USA 8
Adam Erne, USA, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Adam Erne assisted on a Will Butcher 5-on-3 goal in Team USA's 8-0 snowman effort against Germany. His 6 shots tied for the game high and Erne's line has been praised in this tournament for their territorial dominance.
USA 6 vs. Slovakia 3
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Devils first rounder Stefan Matteau scored a goal as USA cruised over Slovakia 6-3.
Canada 4 vs. Czech Republic 5 (SO)
Jonathan Drouin, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 0 PIM
Jonathan Drouin had a power play goal and even strength helper and scored Canada's lone shootout goal in their 5-4 loss to Czech Republic. Drouin was named Canada's Best Player after the match. 2014 draft eligible Jakub Vrana had a goal in the win for the Czechs.
Sweden 4 vs. Finland 2
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Columbus first rounder Alexander Wennberg had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Sweden to a 4-2 win over rival Finland. Blackhawks first rounder Teuvo Teravainen had 2 helpers in defeat for the Finns.
Russia 7 vs. Switzerland 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 0.67 GAA, .970 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy allowed the Swiss a game opening First Period goal, but slammed the door the rest of the way in Russia's commanding 7-1 win. Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko again scored a goal for the Russians.
Germany 2 vs. Canada 7
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM
Jonathan Drouin had 2 PP helpers and 1 ES helper and was 73% on 11 draws as Canada crushed Germany 7-2. Drouin is wearing an A for Canada in this tournament.
Czech Republic 1 vs. USA 5
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Adam Erne was held scoreless as USA cruised to a 5-1 win over Czech Republic. Erne started the game on a line with Blackhawks first rounder Ryan Hartman, son of former Lightning forward Mike Hartman, and 2014 draft eligible Jack Eichel.
Norway 0 vs. Russia 11
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 7/7, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
In a glorified exhibition, Andrey Vasilevskiy played the opening 29:20 of a combined 11-0 shutout of Norway with backup Ivan Nalimov. Buffalo first rounder Mikhail Grigirenko had 1 goal and 3 points for the Russians.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 2 vs. Chicoutimi Sagueneens
D Adam Erne, BAR: 1-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, *3rd Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-20-30, E, 33 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne pushed his scoring streak to six games, during which he has registered multiple points three times.
Ontario Hockey League
Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Saginaw Spirit
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-15-21, +20, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
After going pointless his past three games, Tampa Bay's 2012 1st-rounder dished up an secondary helper and now has 11 points in as many games for November. With the game-winning goal and two apples, Kristoff Kontos -- son of former Bolt Chris Kontos (who, by the way, has a website) -- led the way for Saginaw.
Ten questions for this year's Lightning prospect season...
We continue our Prospect of the Week award this season, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for September 24, 2013 – our first of the season – is … Adam Erne, Tampa Bay (NHL) and Quebec (QMJHL).
Like we've been saying, it's Adam Erne's world.
When Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman passed on defenseman Seth Jones in the first round at this summer’s entry draft in favor of dynamic winger Jonathan Drouin, we figured Yzerman’s target in the second round would be a defenseman or power forward.
Erne gives the Lightning something to look forward to.
Adam Erne led the way with 2 power play goals. Tom Pyatt chipped in the other Lightning goal. Erne and Lightning newcomer Valterri Filppula scored in the shootout to put the club over the top in its comeback bid.
While it's unlikely Erne will make the NHL team out of camp, he gives Lightning fans hope that they have a steal of a power forward in the 2013 second round pick.
Game recap from NHL.com.
On the heels of a national holiday, 32 prospects--most drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, others signed as free agents and a handful of invitees--gathered on the ice Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to begin several days of on-ice and off-ice conditioning as well as instruction in organizational values and the culture of professional hockey for both returning and first-time participants.
"Let's call this what it is: summer hockey," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told assembled media. "Part of what [the players] get out of this camp is the chance to get to know myself, Rob Zettler, the staff. Getting to know expectations and being a pro."
"A lot of these kids are coming from juniors programs, college, all these different walks of life, but here at the Tampa Bay Lightning we've got a certain code of conduct," Cooper noted. "This is where it starts."
Having concluded fitness testing and physicals, players hit the ice and rounded out their day with an hour-long practice spent completing basic drills as well as a forty-five minute power skating session.
"The first day is always kind of a feel out day," Cooper said. "Some of these guys, I'm sure, have been skating and some haven't been."
Keeping in mind that the 3-on-3 tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday and wrap-up on Wednesday, the final day of camp, will provide better opportunities to gauge player abilities and hockey sense, here are some brief and selected observations:
Name: Adam Erne
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 210 lbs
Club: Quebec (QMJHL)
Tampa Bay again foregoes need to select the best player available, Adam Erne, who was rated in the top 15 prospects by both Red Line Report and THN.
Power forward plays a pro-style north-south game. Excellent outside burst and has the strength to bull his way to the front of the net. When he gets there, he has a hard shot to go with soft hands and ability to finish off goals in tight. Can play a chippy game and isn't afraid to mix it up.
Conditioning and maturity off the ice. He's clearly got a bit of baby fat he needs to lose and he needs to learn to train like a professional. If he gets his cardiovascular level to where his strength level is, he could be NHL-ready.
Second line scoring winger, or checking liner depending on if he gets his training habits right.
Patrick Marleau... or Steve Bernier