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Lightning Junior Scouting In Perspective

I've been reading a lot of talk on the internet in the past three or four weeks by Lightning fans wanting to assign blame for the struggles the Lightning have had this season. One of the common threads in many of these cases has been to point the finger at the Lightning's junior scouting department. That discontent in the fan base only got amplified last week when St. Pete Times writer John Romano wrote, "The bottom line is the Lightning has gotten virtually nothing from nearly a decade of drafts." Even Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune has gotten in on the act calling the Lightning's minor league system a mess, only fueling a vocal segment of the Lightning fan base that is thirsting to see heads roll.

Everybody seems to be squealing for accountability, but no one has done the accounting. Much, much more on the flip...

N.A. Juniors Game Night 1/24: Feaster Sees Tyrell Score 2

Everett Silvertips 5 @ Prince George Cougars 4 (SO)
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM

A day after being shutout by Everett 6-0, Prince George put forth a strong effort, outshooting the ‘Tips 39-35, but it wasn’t enough as the Cougars fell in a shootout 5-4. Dana Tyrell, who scored his 19th and 20th goals of the year, did not participate in the shootout, which was over after 3 shooters each. Tyrell sent the game to overtime with a last minute goal. According to Greg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster was in attendance to watch both Crowley and Tyrell. 2008 draft eligible forward Kyle Beach did not play for Everett due to injury.

NHL Game Night 1/24: Senators at Lightning

Lightning enter All-Star break with a thud.


Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 14 shots in the first period before being pulled for Karri Ramo who allowed 5 goals on 12 shots the rest of the way to take the loss.

First Period
Ottawa 13:43, Daniel Alfredsson 30 (Antoine Vermette)
Ottawa 14:12, Jason Spezza 17 (Randy Robitaille, Daniel Alfredsson)
Ottawa 18:41, Daniel Alfredsson 31 (power play) (Jason Spezza, Andrej Meszaros)

Second Period
Ottawa 4:38, Daniel Alfredsson 32 (shorthanded) (Mike Fisher)
Ottawa 9:36, Antoine Vermette 11 (Daniel Alfredsson, Wade Redden)
Tampa Bay 13:51, Dan Boyle 1 (unassisted)

Third Period
Ottawa 1:39, Randy Robitaille 8 (Daniel Alfredsson)
Tampa Bay 1:59, Nick Tarnasky 4 (Brad Lukowich)
Ottawa 3:58, Dean McAmmond 6 (Chris Neil, Mike Fisher)
Tampa Bay 5:07, Craig MacDonald 2 (Andre Roy, Nick Tarnasky)
Tampa Bay 15:17, Dan Boyle 2 (Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis)
Ottawa 16:33, Jason Spezza 18 (Andrej Meszaros, Wade Redden)

The good news is the Lightning got Dan Boyle back from injury and he promptly potted a pair of goals.

Plaudits for Nick Tarnasky's 1 goal and 1 assist.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Thursday's Elitserien Scores

Johan Harju had a goal in Lulea's 3-2 loss to Skelleftea.

Andreas Holmqvist had 4 penalty minutes in Frolunda's 5-4 loss to Farjestads.

Prep Stat Update: Killorn Tops in Nation

U.S. prep stats as of January 23, 2008:

C/W Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 20 GP, 17-11-28

Nobles is 11-7-2 on the year. Marshall, a University of Vermont commit, is second on the team in scoring.

C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 16 GP, 24-19-43

Deerfield is 10-5-1 for the season. Killorn, a Harvard commit, is tied for the national scoring lead among prep players in the U.S. with Boston College recruit Cam Atkinson.

Note: For more updates on Harvard’s program, see Crimson Hockey.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/23

CHL Top Prospects Game
Team White 8 Team Red 4

Possible Lightning target Zach Boychuck had a goal and two assists – one of which came on a gorgeous play where he turned a defenseman inside-out on a rush and cut to the net for a shot which was eventually knocked in by a teammate. Likely top pick Steven Stamkos had a Gordie Howe hattrick (1+1). Game recap.

Lighting prospect results from Wednesday:

AHL Game Night 1/23: Admirals at Bears

Break up the Admirals.

HER-2 (SO)

Marc Denis allowed 2 goals on 27 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 4 shooters in the penalty shot session for the win.

First Period
NOR Lessard, (12) (Smolenak), 1:22
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Keller, Schneider), 8:19 (PP)

Second Period
HER Boumedienne, (2) (Beagle, Lepisto), 10:50

Third Period
HER Fehr, (1) (Boumedienne, Lepisto), 9:05 (PP)

Ordinarily, a shootout win wouldn't be such a big deal, but considering Hershey has tortured Norfolk most of this season in a way reminiscent of how Providence used to torment Springfield, a win is sweet indeed.

AHL all-star Justin Keller was named first star with an assist and the sealing goal in the shootout. Marc Denis received third star of the game honors.

Don't look now, but Radek Smolenak has 1 goal and 4 points in his last 3 games.

The Admirals outshot Hershey 39-27 in the game. Now if they can just get Blair Jones back on track.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Keller To Get AHL All-Star Nod

Our Sports Central is reporting the Lightning prospect Justin Keller will represent the Norfolk Admirals at the upcoming AHL All-Star Classic. The honor falls to Keller after Kyle Wanvig is unable to play due his current recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Keller, Tampa's 8th round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is a second year pro and has scored 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 25 games since November 21.

Monday's Superleague Score

Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist in CSKA's 2-1 win over Tver. Since joining CSKA Artyukhin has 1 goal, 4 points, 61 penalty minutes, and a +2 rating in 10 games.

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