Lightning 2007 draft pick Luca Cunti is not likely to play with St. Cloud State University of the WCHA this year. He was recently listed by a SCSU publication as being a commitment for 2008-2009, not this season, and his name was not appearing on the Chicago Steel (USHL) roster. Because of Cunti's late commitment, his arrival at SCSU this year was pending NCAA clearinghouse approval.
A WCHA blogger is now saying he's listed with Chicago, but he may be thinking of the Steel's protected list -- which is true. He's not on the roster on their web site.
We are currently awaiting official word from the Lightning, but at this point it looks as though Cunti will be in Chicago this year and SCSU next year. He could return to Europe this year, but that doesn't appear to be his intention.
Just some quick thoughts of mine going into this week's tournament:
Redwingscentral has released their copy of the Lightning's Traverse City roster with only a few minor amendments to the roster released by Erik Erlendsson of the Trib. As expected, Windsor forward John Kurtz will suit up for the Red Wings instead of the Lightning and defenseman Justin Fletcher will replace injured enforcer Arthur Femenella.
The Lightning prospects' first official practice is slated for Friday at 11 am with their first game action coming that night at 7 pm against the New York Rangers' prospects.
Kelowna Rockets goaltender Torrie Jung had the "honor" of taking the loss for the first win by the WHL expansion Edmonton Oil Kings. The Oil Kings defeated Jung and the Rockets 4-3 Saturday during the Oil Kings Preseason Invitation in the the Edmonton area. Jung, who did not start the game for Kelowna, allowed two goals on 15 shots, including a breakaway goal.
Seattle fell to Everett 4-1 in Day 2 of Everett's Preseason Tournament, but Riku Helenius did not play for Seattle and Dane Crowley did not hit the scoresheet for Everett, who dressed more veterans this game.
Eat your heart out Gordon Solie...
Team Canada completed a 4 game sweep of the Russian leg of the Super Series today defeating Team Russia 4-2. Brad Marchand led the way for the Canadians with 2 goals and 1 assist in the contest. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell was again scoreless in the match. The Super Series will now shift to Canada for its remaining four games.
Lightning 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius made his much-anticipated North American debut Friday night for the Seattle Thunderbirds, albeit in a preseason game. Helenius played the first half of Seattle's 5-4 win over Chilliwack, stopping 17 of 18 shots. According to the Seattle papers, the Thunderbirds view Helenius' addition as a substantial piece to their league title chances.
Everett also began their preseason Friday night, but it is unclear as of yet if Dane Crowley played. The official WHL site does not provide stats for preseason games and a game report from the Silvertips did not mention Crowley in the game.
In the QMJHL, defensemen Michael Ward had an assist, four PIM, and a minus-1 rating for Lewiston in a 8-4 preseason loss to St. John.
The much publicized Super Series between the top U20 junior players in Canada and Russia is quickly becoming a super sized rout. Canada extended their series lead to 3-0 on Friday defeating the Russians in a lopsided 6-2 win. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell found his way onto the scorer's sheet for the first time in the series, albeit by means of a 2 minute roughing penalty.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has graciously provided Bolt Prospects with the following roster for the 2007 Norfolk Admirals Training Camp:
David Perron scored 1 goal and 1 assist today to help Canada defeat Russia 3-0 today in Game Two of the Super Series. The Canadians now hold a 2-0 lead in the series. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell again failed to find his way onto the scoresheet. The forward is being used sparingly in a fourth line role.
In Ufa, Russia, Canada scored four unanswered goal to defeat Russia and win Game One of the Super Series 4-2. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell did not find the scoresheet for Team Canada.