2013 Lightning Rookie Tournament Roster

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, along with three other NHL teams, will participate in the rookie tournament at the Saveology IcePlex in Coral Springs, Florida, practice facility of the Florida Panthers. Games will be played September 6-8 with the Lightning playing a game on each day for a total of three.

Tampa Bay will field an exciting line-up for the games in Coral Springs, including a number of top prospects in both the professional and amateur ranks. The third overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, will make his debut at the tournament, as will fellow 2013 draftee, Adam Erne, fresh off an impressive performance at the USA Hockey’s World Junior Championship Development Camp. Top college free agent signings from the previous two seasons, J.T. Brown, who played five games with the Lightning during the 2011-12 season, as well as Andrej Sustr, who appeared in two games with Tampa Bay and helped the Syracuse Crunch to the Calder Cup Final in 2012-13. Top prospects Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, Tanner Richard, Cedric Paquette, Dylan Blujus, Slater Koekkoek and Nikita Nesterov will also attend. In all, 24 players will represent the Lightning.

The Lightning’s team will open camp at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on September 4. They will practice again on September 5 before heading to Coral Springs. Both practices at the Times Forum are free and open to the public. Below is Tampa Bay’s game schedule:

Date Time Opponent
Friday, Sept. 6 2 p.m. Nashville Predators
Saturday, Sept. 7 Noon Boston Bruins
Sunday, Sept. 8 4 p.m. Florida Panthers

The Saveology IcePlex is located at 3299 Sportsplex Dr. Coral Springs, FL 33065. Admission to the rookie tournament is free. All fans must pre-register for free tickets at FloridaPanthers.com/trainingcamp and print out a ticket before attending. Registration will be required for entry, as seating will be limited.

Forwards (14):

23 JT Brown, AHL Syracuse
97 Brady Brassart, WHL Calgary (free agent)
27 Jonathan Drouin, QMJHL Halifax
46 Adam Erne, QMJHL Quebec
49 Danick Gauthier, AHL Syracuse
57 Henri Ikonen, OHL Kingston
56 Nikita Kucherov, QMJHL Baie-Comeau (pictured with Team Russia)
48 Max Langilier-Parent, AHL Syracuse
65 Vladislav Namestnikov, AHL Syracuse
34 Carl Nielsen, AHL Syracuse
67 Drew Olson, U of Minnesota-Duluth
54 Cedric Paquette, AHL Syracuse
38 Tanner Richard, AHL Syracuse
63 Brett Welychka, OHL London (free agent)

Defensemen (8):

72 Dylan Blujus, OHL North Bay
59 Jake Dotchin, OHL Barrie
52 Slater Koekkoek, OHL Windsor
73 Dan Milan, ECHL Florida
89 Nikita Nesterov, KHL Chelyabinsk
50 Artem Sergeev, AHL Syracuse
62 Andrej Sustr, AHL Syracuse
53 Luke Witkowski, AHL Syracuse

Goaltenders (2):

32 Eric Brassard, QMJHL Gatineau (free agent)
37 Kristers Gudlevskis, MHL Riga Jr.