Conditioning and Tryout Camp July 25-29
Submitted by crash on July 18, 2006 - 02:27
Jones, Keller, Kvapil, and Lascek among 21 prospects scheduled to be in attendance. Mihalik, Rogers, and Smaby slated to protect Ramo from 20 non-roster invitees. Should be the largest assemblage of draftees/signees since the opening camp in Lakeland Civic Center. Effectively dispells last week's scaled back report. July 25 - July 29 8:15-9:45 a.m. conditioning drills 9:45-11:15 a.m. more drills 3:15-4:30 p.m. scrimmage Official Press Release details/profiles: LIGHTNING TO HOST CONDITIONING AND TRYOUT CAMP CAMP OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FEATURES 41 PROSPECTS The Tampa Bay Lightning will host 41 prospects at the St. Pete Times Forum Tuesday, July 25 through Saturday, July 29 for the 2006 Conditioning and Tryout Camp. The event is open and free to the public. Highlights of the players invited to the camp include Finnish goaltender Karri Ramo, defensemen Vladimir Mihalik, Andy Rogers and Matt Smaby, and forwards Marek Kvapil, Justin Keller, Blair Jones and Stanislav Lascek. Ramo, a 6-foot-2, 192-pound native of Asikkala, Finland aided HPK Hameenlinna to the Finnish Elite League Championship in 2005-06 in his first year with the club. The 20-year old appeared in 24 games during the regular season and posted a 2.16 goals-against average with a .929 save percentage. He ranked first on the team in save percentage and was second in goals-against average. He was signed by the Lightning on May 31 and will play in their system this season (potentially in Johnstown). ???????? Mihalik, 19, was 6'7" 216# when selected by Tampa Bay in the first round, 30th overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and made his North American Debut in 2005-06. He scored three goals and added nine assists in 62 games with the Red Deer Rebels. He also attended Lightning Training Camp in 2005. (as a bundle of fetal stem cells) Rogers, 19, was 6'5" 201# when selected in the first round, 30th overall, at the 2004 Draft. He appeared in 21 games with the Prince George Cougars in 2005-06 and recorded three assists. His season was shortened due to injury. He was signed by the Lightning on October 3, 2005 following Training Camp. (& nearly bought the 10-game pack) Smaby, 21, was 6'5 202# when selected in the second round, 41st overall, at the 2003 Draft. He captained the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux that reached the NCAA Frozen Four for the second consecutive season in 2005-06. Smaby skated in 45 games with the Sioux this past season, scoring four goals and dishing out 15 assists. He was tied for third on the team in plus/minus rating with a plus-20 rating. Smaby was also one of three Sioux to be named to the All-WCHA Third Team. (Scored twice in the 2005 NCAA Championship Game, albeit for Denver) Kvapil, 21, was tied for fourth on the Springfield Falcons in goals and was fifth in points with 45 in his first professional season. He was the third leading scorer among OHL rookies, and was named OHL Rookie of the Month twice in 2004-05. Kvapil was chosen by the Lightning in the sixth round, 163rd overall, at the 2005 Draft. (little blonde RW) Keller, 20, was signed by the Lightning on May 23, 2006. He led the Western Hockey League with 51 goals in 72 games for Kelowna, which finished with a 46-22-1-3 record in 2005-06. In 12 WHL playoff games, Keller recorded nine points. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Summerland, British Columbia is best remembered for scoring the goal that won the 2004 Memorial Cup for the Rockets. Keller was selected by the Lightning in the eighth round, 245th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. (& exudes confidence) Jones, 19, played in 72 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2005-06. He finished the season third on the team in points with 85 and goals with 35. His 14 power play goals led the team and he ranked second in assists with 50 as he helped his team to the Western Hockey League's East Division title. Jones, a 6'2" 193# pivot, also ranked sixth in the league in points, one place behind Keller, and tied for fifth in assists. He also appeared in 22 playoff games with Moose Jaw and led the team with 21 points. (No doubt the biggest thing coming out of Central Butte) Lascek, 20, recorded 47 goals and 135 points in 64 games for Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league in 2005-06, finishing as the second leading scorer in the league and third overall in the Canadian Hockey League (including the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League). He was selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 133rd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The 2006 QMJHL Second Team All-Star lit up score sheets all season long, winning Offensive Player of the Week honors in September, Offensive Player of the Month honors in November and recording a seven-point game (two goals, five assists). (lefty RW with hands) This is the first time in franchise history the Lightning will host a Conditioning and Tryout Camp during the summer.