"High Profile Busts"

Memo to Hockey's Future: when a 5th round pick and a 6th round pick don't pan out, that's not a "high profile bust."

Your pals,
The Bolt Prospects Staff

P.S. Alexandre Pic(k)ard is an Ottawa Senator. Better luck next time.

AHL Game Night 12/17: River Rats at Admirals

Ramo back from the abyss?

ALB-1
NOR-2

Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Downie, (2) (Keller, Smaby), 5:57
NOR Smolenak, (9) (Jones, Gratton), 11:18 (PP)
ALB Ryan, (8) (Petruzalek, Dodge), 17:14

Third Period
NO SCORING

Radek Smolenak, Bracken Kearns, and Ramo were the game's three stars.

Chris Gratton made his debut for the Admirals.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/16

WHL
Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Vancouver Giants 8
C James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-16-29, +20, 14 PIM

Wright’s 13th goal of the season matched his career-high, set last year in 60 games.

Around the WHL: Spokane, playing without Dustin Tokarski while he is preparing for the WJCs with Team Canada, dropped a 3-2 decision to Medicine Hat.

Team Canada notes: Understandably, Tokarski didn't get much sleep Sunday night awaiting Canada's final decision on who would make the team (Ottawa Citizen):

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/14

Courtnall still not playing nice ... Kyle DeCoste continues to step up for Brampton

Bolts Get Two on Team Canada

TSN.ca is announcing Team Canada's final roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship, and for the first time two Lightning draftees will be on the squad.

Two-way winger/center Dana Tyrell of the WHL's Prince George Cougars, a 2007 2nd round draft choice, is one of just 12 forwards named to the team. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, a 2008 fifth round pick from Spokane of the WHL, is one of two goalies, joining Tri-City's Chet Pickard.

A character forward known for his work ethic, physical play, and scoring, Tyrell currently leads Prince George with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points in 30 games. The 19 year old nicknamed "Whiskers" also serves as captain of the Cougars.

Tokarski leads the WHL in save percentage (.938) and shutouts (4) and is second in goals against average (1.97) to Vancouver's Jamie Tucker, who has now played in the minimum amount of games to be counted among that category's leaders.

The Lightning have not had a draftee on Team Canada since Brad Richards in 1999-2000.

Tampa Bay joins St. Louis, L.A., and Buffalo as the only NHL teams to place multiple prospects on the team.

ECHL Game Night 12/14: Gladiators at Sea Wolves

Riku Helenius gave up the game winning goal with 3 minutes remaining as the Gwinnett Gladiators defeated the Mississippi Sea Wolves 3-2 at the Gulf Coast Coliseum Sunday afternoon. Helenius stopped 31 shots in his second straight start for the Wolves.

Gwinnett 3 @ Mississippi 2
G Riku Helenius: 3 GA; 59:33 MIN; 34 SH; 31 SV

Kazionov Surfaces in the Czech Republic

Lightning prospect Denis Kazionov has transferred from Khabarovsk of the Russian KHL to Boleslav of the Czech Extraliga. Through 9 games with Boleslav, Kazionov has 2 assists and is -1 with 35 penalty minutes. Boleslav sits at 14th among 14 teams on the Extraliga table.

Slovakian Extraliga Scores 12/5-12/14

12/5:
Michal Sersen had four penalty minutes in Bratislava's 3-2 win over Martin.

12/7:
Michal Sersen had two penalty minutes in Bratislava's 5-3 loss to Skalica.

12/9:
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Bratislava's 5-1 win over Litpovsky Mikulas.

12/12:
Michal Sersen had a goal and two penalty minutes in Bratislava's 4-2 win over Poprad.

12/14:
Michal Sersen had a goal in Bratislava's 4-3 win over Zilina.

Sersen now has 4 goals and 13 points in 34 games with 18 penalty minutes and a +9 rating.

SM-liiga Scores 12/6-12/13

12/6:
Lauri Tukonen was -1 in Lukko's 3-2 win over TPS.

12/9:
Lauri Tukonen had a goal and was +1 in Lukko's 2-0 win over Karpat.

12/11:
Lauri Tukonen had a goal and was +1 in Lukko's 3-2 overtime win over HPK.

12/13:
Lauri Tukonen had a goal and an assist and was +1 in Lukko's 4-1 win over Blues.

Through 26 games Tukonen has 8 goals and 17 points with a -8 rating and 22 penalty minutes. Lukko currently sits at 7th on the SM-liiga table.

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