As readers of this site know, we typically release our annual Preliminary Rankings of the Lightning's prospects around the first week of October once Lightning camp breaks. Obviously we haven't done that yet, so I just wanted to give everyone an update on where we are.
It was reported today by gazeta.ru that Ak Bars signed ex-Flyers goaltender Robert Esche. It said that Esche will replace Lightning prospect Vasily Koshechkin, whose contract is likely to bought out by the club.
Gazeta.ru is referred to Ak Bars press-cutting service, but this internet media is known for frequently reporting unproven rumors, so it is early to say that Koshechkin will leave Ak Bars for sure.
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
That's five in a row for Lewiston, and now they get Jonathan Bernier from the Kings.
Prince George Cougars 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
The Cougars have won 2 of 3 on their road trip so far. Tyrell's goal came on the power play.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 5
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, -1, 12 PIM
Fadden had a 10 minute misconduct tacked on to a slashing minor early in the first period. The Broncos scored on the ensuing 2 minute power play.
Evgeny Artyukhin had 2 penalty minutes in Omsk's 2-1 loss to Yaroslavl.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 overtime win over Spartak. Alex Vishnyakov did not play for Spartak.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Novokuznetsk's 4-3 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Anton But had an assist in St. Petersburg's 3-1 win over Khabarovsk.
When the Lightning made Mike Egener their first pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, they projected him to be a physical, slick-skating defenseman who could one day be a team leader.
Now in his fourth professional season, that projection still rings true, but now with one major exception.
A position change.
With the Norfolk Admirals short on forwards to start the year due to four recent signees experiencing work visa issues, and a hoard of defensemen vying for coveted starting spots, it seemed like the perfect time for a career change of sorts for Egener. At Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster's request, Egener was moved up to the wing.
Johan Harju had a power play goal and six penalty minutes today in Lulea's 4-3 victory over Mora. "Big Joe" is tied for third in the Elitserien in goals with 6 in 9 games. His 3 power play goals is tied for second in the league.
Andreas Holmqvist had an assist and two penalty minutes in Frolunda's 5-0 win over Farjestads.
(Norfolk Admirals release)
Today, Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Jonathan Boutin to the Admirals from the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL). In addition, the Admirals have returned goaltender Morgan Cey on loan to the Sea Wolves.
CHL, BCHL stats for Lightning prospects as of October 14, 2007.
Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 (OT)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM
Fadden had two first period assists to help the â€˜Canes jump out to a 3-0 lead, but they would never score again as the Tigers scored 4 unanswered goals. Traverse City Lightning and Medicine Hat captain Daine Todd was 1-2-3 and First Star for the Tigers.
The Ads almost pulled off the upset.
Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss. The Admirals outshot the Falcons 29-21 in the game, the first time they've outshot an opponent this season.
NOR Hrdel, (1) (Jones, Kvapil), 19:17
SPR Nilsson, (1) (Bisaillon, Thoresen), 4:15
NOR Egener, (1) (Jones, Wanvig), 4:42
SPR Reddox, (3) (Berry, Smid), 6:09
SPR Nilsson, (2) (Thoresen, Rourke), 6:37
SPR Peckham, (1) (Bodie), 9:22 (PP)
NOR Jones, (1) (Wanvig, Egener), 10:32