Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that Mike Sullivan is returning to the Lightning coaching staff as an assistant to Interim Head Coach Rick Tocchet. Sullivan, along with the entire Lightning coaching staff, was dismissed by the new ownership group headed by Oren Koules and Len Barrie last summer when they hired Barry Melrose and Tocchet as their new coaching staff. Sullivan has remained under contract to the Lightning and on the club's payroll while looking for new coaching opportunities.
In a Lightning press release, GM Brian Lawton spoke highly of Sullivan's return to the Bolt bench. â€œWe are excited to add Mike to our coaching staff,â€ Lawton said. â€œHeâ€™s been here and knows the players well, and heâ€™s an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching. Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and International levels.â€
Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Preliminary Prospect Rankings for the 2008-2009 season. Eight prospects make their debut in the Top 25 since the end of the 2007-2008 season. Half of the debutantes enter the list via the 2008 NHL Entry Draft including the #1 overall pick. The other half enter the list via various trades and acquisitions made by the new Lightning ownership.
Just a reminder of the rules: a prospect is any player under the age of 24 on opening night of the Lightningâ€™s NHL season that has not played 41 or more games in an NHL season or more than 82 games in their NHL career. For goaltenders, the games thresholds are slightly different. Netminders will be considered prospects if they have not achieved 30 or more decisions in an NHL season or 41 decisions in their NHL careers. In addition, all college players will be considered prospects, regardless of their age, until they graduate. Players over the age of 24 on opening night that have not graduated are considered overage prospects.
With all the legal disclaimers out of the way, lets begin:
1. C Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay (NHL)
Despite a slow start to his rookie campaign, Stamkos remains the clear consensus choice as the Lightning's top prospect. It's only a matter of time before Stamkos, with his world class speed and shot, becomes one of the game's elite forwards. We just hope the Lightning can finally figure out the right linemates and role to put Stamkos in a position to succeed.
Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 4-13-17, -2, 14 PIM
Cunti may be seen on the sides of milk cartons in eastern Quebec.
Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Brampton Battalion 3
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (checking-from-behind, cross-checking)
Season totals: DeCoste: 22 GP, 5-4-9, -9, 23 PIM
Kevin Quick opened the scoring Sunday for the Lynx giving Augusta a 1-0 lead over the visiting Dayton Bombers with a power-play marker 8:19 into the 1st period on a feed from fellow Bolt prospect Chris Lawrence. Forward Patrick Bordeleau used his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame to screen Dayton goaltender Tyler Plante, and Quick's shot squeezed through for the early lead. Coming off a franchise worst 12-0 loss the previous night to Florida, the Lynx rebounded with a 17-5 shot differential in the 1st period against the Bombers, but Dayton would battle back, tallying even strength and power play goals in the 2nd period and handing the Lynx a 2-1 defeat. This was Augusta's sixth straight loss, and their third in three nights.
Dayton 2 @ Augusta 1
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 1-0-1; E; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-1-1; -1; 4 PIM (cross-checking; interference); 1 SOG
Augusta falls to 5-8-1-1, and play next on Thanksgiving night at 7:05pm EST against the Gwinnett Gladiators at the Gwinnett Center Arena in the north Atlanta suburb, before a home-and-home series with the Charlotte Checkers next Saturday and Sunday.
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Bratislava's 6-2 win over Martin.
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Bratislava's 5-3 loss to Nitra.
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Bratislava's 4-1 win over Zvolen.
Michal Sersen was scoreless in Bratislava's 4-2 exhibition win over the Slovakian Under-20 team.
Michal Sersen had 2 penalty minutes as Bratislava defeated Skalica 6-1.
Lightning Russian Prospects Statistics Through 11/23
Anton But, CSKA, 27 GP, 6-10-16, 22 PIM, +2
Alexei Glukhov, Mytischi, 15 GP, 5-7-12, 12 PIM, +8
Dimitri Kazionov, Kazan, 26 GP, 5-7-12, 8 PIM, +4
Ilya Solarev, Astana, 26 GP, 5-5-10, 10 PIM, +4
Albert Vishnyakov, Novokuznetsk, 28 GP, 3-7-10, 10 PIM, Even
Vitali Smolianinov, Astana, 14 GP, 1-2-3, 10 PIM, -3
Denis Kazionov, Khabarovsk, 6 GP, 0-0-0, 6 PIM, -3
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, 4-7-1, 2.35 GAA, 2 SO, .899 sv%
All games from the Karjala break through 11/23 after the jump...
That was so ugly, they might want to burn the new alternate jerseys.
01:44 NJ Rupp, (Salmela, Clarkson)
17:37 NJ Parise (13), (Leach, Salmela)
01:58 NJ Zubrus (3), (Langenbrunner, Paul Martin)
04:34 NJ Zubrus (4), (Elias, White)
11:39 NJ Gionta (6), (unassisted)
13:08 TB Vrbata (2), (Prospal, Craig)
14:40 TB St. Louis (5), (Lecavalier)
16:42 TB Malone (4), (unassisted)(PS)
07:21 NJ Zubrus (5), (Elias)
14:38 NJ Zubrus (6), (Gionta, Elias)
Zubrus would be a Hall of Famer if all you looked at were his games against the Lightning.
The Lightning were outshot 45-29 in the game.
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 13:58 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 50% on draws.
Highs for Fadden, Jung, and Tokarski ... low for Tyrell.
Riku Helenius allowed 8 goals on 22 shots in just under 33 minutes of work Saturday night as the Florida Everblades pimp slapped the hapless Lynx 12-0. Goaltender Mike Brodeur relieved Helenius just after midway giving up 4 more goals on another 20 shots. The game play turned ugly after the Blades put up the 8th goal with 4 Blades and 5 Lynx earning fighting majors and game misconducts at 13:54 of the 2nd period, including Lightning forward prospect Chris Lawrence. The fisticuffs continued for the remainder of the game, as the Lynx amassed a total of 142 PIMs with Florida tacking on 91 of their own PIMs.
Florida 12 @ Augusta 0
G Riku Helenius: 8 GA; 32:42 MINS; 22 SH; 14 SV;
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -2; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; -3; 15 PIM; 0 SOG
Augusta falls to 5-7-1-1 with the Dayton Bombers coming to town to play the Lynx for a Sunday afternoon mantinee.