North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/22/10

USHL

Fargo Force 3 vs. Chicago Steel 0 (Exhibition)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

Mullin scored what turned out to be the game winning goal in his first game with Fargo as the Force defeated the Steel 3-0 the USHL Fall Classic. Mullin had 72 points in 55 games last year while leading Shattuck St-Mary’s in scoring. (Fargo Force photo)

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/21/10

BCHL

Prince George Spruce Kings 2 @ Penticton Vees 3 (OT)
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (Tripping)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, 2 PIM

O’Donnell is off to a bit of a slow start despite registering points in his first two games. “Slow” is relative, however, as he’s still tied for third in team scoring. He was a point-per-game (plus) player last year in the MJHL. Penticton is 3-2-0-0 on the year, two points behind Salmon Arm for first in the Interior Conference.

Handful of Prospects to See Action vs. Dallas

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced its lineup for Tuesday night's exhibition game vs. Dallas, and a handful of prospects will be getting a chance to make a valuable impression on Coach Guy Boucher and General Manager Steve Yzerman.

Prospects for the 9/21 game include:

Richard Panik, W (pictured)
Johan Harju, C/W
Dana Tyrell, W
Scott Jackson, D

Panik was recently highlighted by Boucher as impressing during scrimmages and early camp drills.

Graduated (barely) prospect James Wright and overage prospects C/W Niklas Persson, D Mathieu Roy, D Michael Vernace, and G Cedrick Desjardins will also play.

Mike Smith is slated to play in net for Tampa Bay, however the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson reported on Twitter that Smith left the ice this morning with an apparent arm or finger injury.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/19/10

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Montreal fell for the second straight game in overtime. Landry was credited with one hit against his former team. Landry had six goals and 30 points last year for the Volts in 68 games.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/18/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 1 @ Vernon Vipers 4
F Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Vernon completed the weekend sweep of Penticton by overcoming a 1-0 deficit and winning 4-1. After registering points in his first two BCHL games, O’Donnell has been shut out in his last two contests.

QMJHL

Val-d'Or Foreurs 4@ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Val-d’Or scored two late goals to top Gatineau. Janosik hasn’t been credited with a hit in either of his two games this season.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/17/10

QMJHL

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

Fresh off signing an entry level contract with the Lightning, Landry earned a primary assist on Montreal’s game-tying goal late in the third period in his season debut, but the Juniors fell in OT to Vincent Lecavalier’s alma mater 4-3. Landry was on the ice for the game winner. Rimouski only dressed 14 skaters (4 defensemen), yet overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win. Landry was credited with 2 hits in the game. Alex Emond (undrafted) had a hattrick for Rimouski.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Janosik earned the primary assist on the game opening goal as the Olympiques cruised to an easy 6-0 pasting of the Huskies.

BCHL

Vernon Vipers 3 @ Penticton Vees 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

The Vees now have two wins and a loss on the year.

Zahn, Beukeboom Return to Junior Teams

2010 third round pick Brock Beukeboom and seventh round pick Teigan Zahn will not attend Tampa Bay's training camp this week. Both were originally on the training camp roster released to the media, but a decision was made over the course of the Traverse City prospects tournament to send Beukeboom back to Sault Ste. Marie and Zahn back to Saskatoon.

Beukeboom will join the OHL Greyhounds where he will look to build upon last year's career highs of 7 goals, 19 assists, and 26 points. The 6'2" defenseman recently was a part of Team Canada's summer development camp in preparation for this winter's World Junior Championships.

Zahn was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. It was thought he was drafted by the Bolts in 2010 to provide immediate defensive depth in the organization, either in AHL Norfolk or with the ECHL Everblades. However, barring unforeseen circumstances, he will not be signed this year and will instead play as an overager for the WHL Blades.

O'Donnell Makes BCHL Debut

North American Juniors (NAJ) Game Night

BCHL

Penticton Vees 1 @ Westside Warriors 0 (9/10/2010)
F Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

O’Donnell’s BCHL debut was a good one as he registered a point in his first game when he set up Joey Holka, a St. Cloud State commit, in the second period for what ended up being the game's only goal. O’Donnell had 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points in 53 games last year for the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The 2010 6th round draft pick of the Lightning and North Dakota commit was acquired by Penticton in the offseason.

Westside Warriors 2 @ Penticton Vees 4 (9/11/2010)
F Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM

Wearing No.91 for the Vees, O’Donnell scored his first BCHL goal on the power play in the first period to tie the game at 1 for Penticton. The Vees would later go down 2-1 but storm back in the third period with 3 goals.

Beukeboom Gets WJ Camp Invite

Sault Ste. Marie team site SooToday.com is confirming that Lightning 2010 3rd round draft pick Brock Beukeboom has been invited to Team Canada's Junior Team development camp scheduled for August 5-7 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Beukeboom will join 40+ players vying for a spot on Team Canada’s entry at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship set to be held in Buffalo and Niagara, New York.

“This is a great opportunity for me to get a real taste of the best in Junior Hockey and to prove that I can play there,” explained Beukeboom.

BoltProspects expects Beukeboom to also suit up for the Lightning's entry into the Traverse City Prospects tournament scheduled for September 11-15 in Traverse City, MI.

Brett Connolly - Rising Titan

(HockeyProspect.com) Whether the game be played at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, or at the Ice Sports Palace Sibir in Russia, many young and talented hockey players looking to enter North American professional hockey acknowledge the pressure that hangs on their draft year.

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft was no exception, as many players from all over the world came together in Los Angeles just after taking part in their draft year.

Brett Connolly of the Prince George Cougars was no exception.

To read this interview, including Connolly's thoughts on being drafted, his immediate future, and Lightning Director of Player Personnel Jim Hammett's thoughts on the pick and Connolly's health, see HockeyProspect.com by clicking here.

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