Submitted by pete on October 3, 2006 - 18:22
The Bolt Prospects staff has completed it's evaluation of the Lightning organization's prospects. The rankings take into account how the players performed last season, their Lightning prospect and Traverse City play, how well they did at Lightning training camp and in exhibition games, as well as their performance at Springfield Falcons camp and in AHL exhibition games. We also factor in a player's potential upside as well as their NHL readiness in reaching our decisions. One note: due to his age, [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] is now classified as an "Overage Prospect" by Bolt Prospects criteria and is not elligible for the Top-25 Rankings. Any player 24 years of age or older on opening night, October 5th, 2006, who has not already graduated as an NHLer is an "Overage Prospect". For skaters, graduation occurs when a player either A.) plays 41 NHL games in a single season or B.) reaches 82 NHL games in their career. With [url=johan-holmqvist]Johan Holmqvist[/url] as the Lightning's backup entering the season, Bolt Prospects is establishing graduation criteria for goaltenders for the first time. For goaltenders, graduation occurs when a player either A.) has 30 decisions in a single season or B.) reaches 41 decisions in their NHL career.
Submitted by pete on October 3, 2006 - 14:52
Goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin's[/url] record moved to 4-2-2 today in a 3-3 tie with Ufa. Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 5-3 win over Chekhov. Tver defeated Dynamo 4-2. Both Albert Vishnyakov and [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] were scoreless for their respective clubs.
Submitted by pete on October 3, 2006 - 11:33
Just to update our readers: The Bolt Prospects staff are currently in the process of completing our 2006-2007 Preliminary Rankings for the team and we expect to have all lists in and votes counted by the end of the weekend. The list will include new prospects from the 2006 NHL Entry Draft for the first time in our rankings. In the meantime, [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]we have updated our prospects page[/url] to reflect the assignments of all our prospects organization-wide to start the year. Thanks for your all your patience.
Submitted by vsala on October 3, 2006 - 08:17
Lightning prospect Riku Helenius [url=http://www.ilveshockey.fi/uutinen021006.php]has hurt himself and he is on injury reserve.[/url] His shoulder went dislocated during warm-up in last thursday game against Espoo Blues. He will miss games through late November. Sorry about my bad english. [b]Updated: 1:12pm (Pete)[/b] [i]In comments, BP member yackacack contributed the link to news about the injury. Also, vsala, your english is just fine.[/i]
Submitted by chad on October 2, 2006 - 21:58
According to today's [i]Springfield Republican[/i], goaltender Sean Burke was put on re-entry waivers Sunday by the Lightning in the hope that another team claims him and takes on half of his salary. In other moves, the Falcons sent Lightning prospects Stanislav Lascek, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey to Johnstown of the ECHL, which means the goaltending situation in Springfield is settled with Karri Ramo and Jonathan Boutin. The [i]Republican[/i] states that coach Steve Stirling has not decided on a starter for Saturday night's opener, however. There is also a chance Burke could be sent back down to Springfield before week's end.
Submitted by pete on October 2, 2006 - 21:25
Submitted by chad on October 1, 2006 - 15:25
According to Falconsahl.com, the Springfield Falcons concluded their preseason with a 3-0 loss to Hartford today. Morgan Cey stopped 28 of 31 in the loss. (For today's lineup, see the Falconsahl.com link above.) The following players were reassigned to the Falcons' ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs, this weekend:
Submitted by chad on October 1, 2006 - 14:52
Kevin Beech, playing his third game in under 48 hours, came up short in his bid to win all three as he let 5 of 38 shots get by him in a 5-4 Sudbury loss to Toronto. Sudbury held a 4-3 lead in the early third but couldn't hang on for the win. For the weekend, Beech stopped 89 of 97 shots, including a 27-save shutout Friday night. Vlad Mihalik and Prince George play Vancouver later today.