Erlendsson: Tarnasky the Frontrunner?

Erik Erlendsson [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBJIN1UGSE.html]writes in today's Trib[/url] that LW/C Nick Tarnasky may have "the inside track" for the still open fourth line job alongside Tim Taylor and Rob DiMaio. Tarnasky's physical style may appeal to the Lightning more so than the finesse games of competitors Eric Perrin and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] and while Milley and Perrin have shown offensive spark in the preseason Tarnasky's fight against Brad Norton in the game against Detroit may be the defining moment that puts him over the top. Tarnasky, a 2003 9th round pick, played in a dozen games for the Lightning last season registering 1 assist. He finished the year rated #6 in [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]Bolt Prospects' Final Rankings[/url] and was a consensus choice as the prospect most likely to make the Lightning this season by the Bolt Prospects staff.

Springfield Releases Camp Roster

Special thanks to the Falcons for forwarding us a first glimpse of the Falcons camp roster: [b]Forwards[/b] #7 LW [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] #9 RW Ryan Gibbons (Falcons Contract) #10 C Dan Cavanaugh (Falcons Contract) #11 F Kelly Czuy (ATO) #12 C [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] #15 C Jean Desrochers (PTO) #16 RW [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] #17 RW Maxime Boisclair (Falcons Contract) #18 LW David Spina (Falcons Contract) #19 LW [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] #20 LW [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] #21 LW Zdenek Blatny (Falcons Contract) #22 LW Brandon Elliot #24 RW [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] #32 C David Desharnais (PTO) #33 C Eric Healey (Falcons Contract) #36 LW [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] #38 C Todd Griffith (ATO) #39 RW [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] #40 LW Travis Fuller (ATO) #42 F Gus Katsuras (ATO) #43 LW Randy Rowe (PTO) #62 RW [url=andre-deveaux]Andre Deveaux[/url] [b]Defensemen[/b] #4 D [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url] #5 D Sylvain Dufresne (Falcons Contract) #6 D [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] #34 D Doug Andress (PTO) #41 D [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] (Falcons Contract) #44 D John Adams (Falcons Contract) #55 D Geoff Waugh (ATO) [b]Goaltenders[/b] #1 G [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] #31 G [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] #35 G [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] #37 G [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] The new name on the list is forward Gus Kasturas who comes out of Hamilton College in the NESCAC. Kasturas had 18 goals and 38 points in 28 games last season. Jean Desrochers and Randy Rowe along with Doug Andress look to be holdovers from the core of non Lightning prospects who made up the Johnstown Chiefs last season. Tryout players who made it to Springfield are F Kelly Czuy, C David Desharnais, C Todd Griffith, LW Travis Fuller and D Geoff Waugh. All five participated in the Lightning's prospect camp this summer and all but Czuy appeared for the team at the Traverse City prospect tournament.

Falcons Report Today

Members of the Springfield Falcons' camp reported for physicals today at 8 am with the bullets flying for real at 9 am tomorrow morning with the first on ice practice. The Falcons still have yet to release their roster for the camp, but their early plans have the club splitting into two practice groups for training camp. The Falcons' first preseason game in Friday, 9/29 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

CHL Prospects Tonight: 9/23

Bartanupalooza runs wild... Marek Bartanus scored his first goal of the season tonight in Owen Sound's 4-3 win over Sault Ste Marie. Bartanus played well for the Lightning in both Traverse City and Lightning camp despite struggling with the team's conditioning testing and is looking to earn a contract by next summer's signing deadline. [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] helped spark Swift Current to a victory in WHL action with 2 power play assists in the Broncos 3-2 win over Prince Albert. Crowley was even and had 4 penalty minutes in the game.

Saturday's Superleague Score

In a major upset today, Cherepovets bumped off SKA 4-3 in overtime. Anton But had a power play goal for SKA. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Severstal. But now takes the lead in scoring amongst Lightning prospects in Russia.

Helenius Makes Another Junior A Start

[url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] again appeared for Ilves at the Junior A level as he faced Lukko Jr. A. Helenius backstopped his side to a solid 3-1 victory stopping 25 of 26 to improve to 2-0-0 in Junior A this year. The 2006 1st round pick was named second star of the game. At the SM-liiga level, Boston prospect Tuukka Rask fell 3-2 in OT to HPK. Rask stopped 26 of 29 in the loss.

Second Round of Cuts, Alexeev Update

According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] web site, the following players were reassigned to Springfield: D Sylvain Dufresne (SF contract) D Doug O’Brien W Eric Healey W Zdenek Blatny (SF contract) W Marek Kvapil C Blair Jones G Karri Ramo Vladimir Mihalik was returned to Prince George of the WHL without a contract. Mihalik had told the Prince George paper he was hoping for a contract this fall, much like Andy Rogers received last year. Also, Geoff Waugh, who was in training camp on a tryout agreement, was offered a minor league contract and was assigned to Springfield. Erlendsson says Feaster told him he expects to hear back from Waugh’s agent by Monday. This latest round of moves leaves the following 29 players in camp (injured Brady Greco excluded); prospects in [b]bold[/b]):

Friday's Superleague Scores

Kazan shut out Podolsk 4-0. Dimitri Kazionov was held off the board in the game. Dynamo defeated Novosibirsk 4-3 in OT. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the match. Tver beat Novokuznetsk 5-4 in OT. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless in the match. Khimik defeated Magnitogorsk 3-2. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 3-1 loss to Salavat Yulayev. Artyukhin has still failed to manage a single point thus far in the Superleague season.

Lawrence Lights It Up

Now that's how you start a season. [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url], fresh from Tampa after participating in the Lightning's training camp, scored a career high 5 points, including a hattrick, as the Mississauga Ice Dogs absolutely crushed Lightning prospect [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] and the Sudbury Wolves 10-4 in the both teams first game of the year. Beech, expected to be one of the better goalies in the league this year as a 20 year old, was pulled before the half-way mark of the game after allowing 6 goals on 30 shots. Lawrence was named first star of the game. In other action, Marek Bartanus had two assists in his season debut for Owen Sound but the Attack fell to Guelph 4-3. In the "Dub," Dan Crowley went scoreless and was (minus)1 in a 5-2 Swift Current loss to Regina. The alternate captain blocked several shots in the game, mixed it up in multiple scrums, and earned four minutes in penalties.

Preseason Game Night 9/22: Lightning at Red Wings

An unfortunate end to a very nice comeback. TB-4 DET-5 (OT) The Lightning erased a 2 goal deficit in the final 5 minutes of regulation before falling in OT. Vincent Lecavalier led the way with a hat trick scoring an even strength goal, a short handed goal and capping the Lightning comeback with a power play goal. The Lightning's other goal was scored by overage prospect Eric Perrin. Individual assists went to Vaclav Prospal, Doug Janik, [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url], Nikita Alexeev, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. Johan Holmqvist had a rough reintroduction to North America allowing 5 goals on 26 shots (that's more of a Johan Grahame stat line). Box score courtesy [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010040.HTM]NHL.com.[/url] Among prospects, Doug Janik was -1 in 19:10 with 2 blocked shots. Eric Perrin was +1 in 15:51 with 2 shots and was 45% in the faceoff circles. [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] played a very respectable 19:30 of even hockey with 2 shots 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Falcons invitee Zdenek Blatny played 11:19 and was +1 with 1 blocked shot. [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] was -2 in 16:59 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was -1 in just 9:21 of ice time and had a fight in the first period. Another round of cuts is expected this weekend.
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