Eric Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have made six training camp cuts following Saturday night's first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. All six are being sent the Norfolk Admirals training camp and will join the current roster which starts on Monday. The six players include Lightning prospects Blair Jones, Brandon Segal, Chris Lawrence, and Andy Rogers. The remaining two cuts include free agent invitees Jamie Heward and Sean O'Connor.
Heward had previously said that he if he could not make an NHL roster, he would return to Europe instead of playing North American minor league hockey. It is unknown if Heward will report to the Admirals training camp.
The Norfolk Admirals have announced their training camp roster that includes 11 forwards, 10 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders. Training camp opens Monday, and others will join the camp as cuts are made at the Lighting's main NHL camp in Tampa.
Nick Boucher, Craig Kowalski and Mike McKenna
Players denoted in italics are attending camp as unsigned invitees. Fadden, Aquino, and May have earned camp invitations following their performance at the recent Traverse City Prospects Tournament.
Norfolk defeats Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh 0:51, Jordan Staal 1 (Evgeni Malkin, Ben Lovejoy)
Tampa Bay 3:50, Janne Niskala 1 (Brandon Bochenski, Jussi Jokinen)
Tampa Bay 7:06, Wyatt Smith 1 (Matt Smaby)
Tampa Bay 8:40, Brandon Bochenski 1 (Radek Smolenak, Jussi Jokinen)
Pittsburgh 15:18, Petr Sykora 1 (power play) (Miroslav Satan, Jordan Staal)
Pittsburgh 10:11, Petr Sykora 2 (power play) (Janne Pesonen, Alex Goligoski)
Pittsburgh 17:06, Sidney Crosby 1 (shorthanded) (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 18:41, Brandon Bochenski 2 (Janne Niskala)
Tampa Bay- Jokinen, Stamkos
Karri Ramo stopped 26 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session.
This is as significant a win as you can get in the first matchup of preseason in September. The Lightning iced a team that basically represented the bulk of their players ticketed for Norfolk of the AHL while the Pens essentially iced their NHL regulars. This is a Pens team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last season and the Lightning prospects and AHL pros gave them all they could handle and more en route to victory. It speaks volumes for the future of this franchise.
Lots of prospects in this game:
Friday's results from the BCHL, WHL, OHL, and QMJHL.
Anton But had a goal and was +1 in CSKA's 4-1 win over Chekhov.
Dimitri Kazionov had a goal and was +2 in Kazan's 7-2 win over Astana. Ilya Solarev had a goal in the match for Astana. Vitali Smolianinov had a helper and was -1.
Albert Vishnyakov was -1 in Novokuznetsk's 2-1 win over Yulaev.
Alexei Glukhov did not play in Mytischi's 6-3 win over Dynamo Moscow.
Dimitri Kazionov had an assist and was -1 in Kazan's 5-3 win over Magnitogorsk.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed 3 goals on 7 shots before being pulled at the end of the first period as Togliatti fell to Omsk 5-1. Koshechkin drops to 1-1-0 on the season.