For Lightning Junior Prospects, The Season Begins Tonight

The QMJHL has been underway for some time and the OHL and WHL started their seasons last night, but tonight it will be the Lightning prospects' turns. In the OHL, Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound will take on Guelph, [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] and Mississauga will face [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] and Sudbury. Out west, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] and Swift Current will face off with Regina in their opener. Also, with [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] still in Lightning camp, his Prince George Cougars will start their season against Seattle.

Helenius Update

With Tuukka Rask holding a near monopoly on the goaltending position for Ilves at the SM-liiga, [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] appeared for the club's Junior A team on Wednesday beating Assat Jr. A 5-3. Helenius stopped 33 of 36 in the victory. It was the first action Helenius has seen since returning from playing for the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City.

Rowe Deciding on Immediate Future

According to the Johnstown [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i], forward Randy Rowe will decide on his immediate future this week. Rowe is in talks with as many as five NHL teams, including the Lightning. Rowe was under contract with Springfield last year, though he spent all but four games in Johnstown where, despite contending with an abdomen problem and a near season-ending neck injury, he still scored 28 goals and 43 points in 45 regular-season games with the Chiefs. He also had two goals and four points in five playoff games. “I’m definitely thinking about Tampa-Springfield-Johnstown again,” Rowe told the [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i]. “There was just a lot of talking with teams,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger. I just want to make sure I’m in the right place to get called up to an AHL team. Camps are starting Saturday and Sunday in the AHL. It’s one of those things that it’s your future and you’ve got to make sure you make the right decision.”

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Ilves defeated SaiPa today 3-2 in overtime behind a 20 save performance by Boston prospect Tuukka Rask. Lightning first round pick [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] is still waiting for his first playing time of the season.

Wednesday's Superleague Score

KHK MVD annihilated Chekhov 9-3 yesterday. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver in the match. [b]Superleague Prospect Stats As Of 9/21[/b] #67, Dimitri Kazionov, 6 GP, 1-2-3, 4 PIM, E #10, Anton But, St. Petersburg, 6 GP, 1-2-3, 4 PIM, -1 #57, Alexei Glukhov, Cherepovets, 6 GP, 0-1-1, 4 PIM, -4 #24, Albert Vishnyakov, Dynamo, 2 GP, 0-0-0, 2 PIM, E #71 [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url], Tver, 5 GP, 0-0-0, 4 PIM, +1 #76, [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url], 0-0-0, 12 PIM, E #81, [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url], Khimik, 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, E #83, [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url], 4 GP, 2-1-1, 0 SO, 2.94 GAA, .907 sv% [i]NOTE: A scoring change in a match earlier this season took away an assist previously credited to Evgeny Artyukhin. Artyukhin is still looking for his first point in the league this season.[/i]

Preseason Game Night 9/20: Lightning at Capitals

It's always nice to put a beat down on the Capitals, even if it is preseason. TB-3 WSH-2 (OT) Marc Denis made an auspicious debut stopping 40 of 42 shots for the victory. Any worries about his play in the scrimmages were easily allayed tonight. [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] went a long way towards sealing a 4th line job scoring a goal off assists by Rob DiMaio and Eric Perrin. In similar fashion to Denis, Vincent Lecavalier turned on the light switch following up his hat trick in the final scrimmage with 1 goal and 1 assist tonight, both on the power play which was 2 for 8 tonight. Andy Delmore and Filip Kuba chipped in helpers on Lecavalier's third period goal while Dan Boyle scored the overtime game winner. Doug Janik was -1 in 21:39 of ice time with 4 shots on goal, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Perrin was +1 in 15:05 with 3 shots on goal and 1 blocked shot. Milley played 13:43 and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits and 1 blocked shot. [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url] had 2 shots in 7:15 and was even. [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] was +1 in 13:59 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] played 9:29 with 2 hits and 2 blocked shots. [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] played 12:03 with 2 shots on goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010022.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Tuesday's Superleague Scores

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless as Cherepovets got spanked 4-1 by Novokuznetsk. Early in the year, Severstal mat be one of the worst teams in the Superleague. Anton But had an assist in SKA's 5-2 loss to Novosibirsk. Kazan defeated Chelyabinsk 5-1. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] improved to 2-1-1 on the year beating Khimik 3-1. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play. Yaroslavl defeated Krilja Sovetov 5-4 in OT. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was scoreless in the match.

Kvapil, Jones, Smaby to Make 2006 Debuts Wednesday

Quickly becoming one of the best sources for inside info on the web, Erik Erlendsson’s blog on the Tribune’s site states that Marek Kvapil, Matt Smaby, and Blair Jones will make their 2006 NHL exhibition debuts Wednesday night against Washington. Kvapil, who is positioning himself nicely for a spot on a scoring line should an injury occur, will get Ruslan Fedotenko's spot alongside Vaclav Prospal and Vincent Lecavalier. The lineup for Wednesday:

Day Four Scrimmages: Team Blue Wins

Before the Lightning made their first 18 cuts today, the players participated in the fourth and final round of scrimmages. Recaps are now up on [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/content.cfm?pageid=1712]Tampabaylightning.com[/url]. Team Blue completed the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record by virtue of a 5-4 shootout victory over Team Black today. Although it was not enough to stave off reassignment, [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] led the way with 1 goal and 2 assists for Team Blue. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url], Zdenek Blatny and Sylvain Dufresne also scored goals for Team Blue and Craig also contributed the shootout winner. [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] had two assists and [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] added a helper in the win. Team Black's goals were scored by Martin St. Louis, Marek Bartanus and Dimitry Afanasenkov. St. Louis also added a helper as did [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url], and Brad Richards. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 15 of 19 shots faced for the win. Johan Holmqvist stopped 17 of 21 before falling in penalty shots. In the third place match between Team Red and Team White, Red prevailed 5-3. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url], in his first game back from a groin injury, sparked Team Red with 2 assists. All of Red's goals came from seperate scorers: Rob DiMaio, Cory Sarich, [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] and Eric Perrin. Individual helpers were notched by John Adams and Tim Taylor. Team White was led by a hat trick by Vincent Lecavalier with assists from Eric Healey and Andy Delmore. Marc Denis stopped 14 of 17 in the win. [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] stopped 15 of 16 before giving way to [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] who allowed 3 goals on 13 shots for the loss. Nikita Alexeev and Craig tied for the tournament lead with 8 points. Martin St. Louis had a tournament high 5 goals. Richards and Craig each had 5 a leading helpers. Ramo led in record with an unbeaten 3-0-0 mark, Boutin in save percentage at .898 and Coleman in saves with 70.

Chiefs Acquire Adams from Florida

The Johnstown Chiefs have acquired defenseman John Adams from Florida (ECHL) in exchange for the rights to defenseman John Peterson, according to the Chiefs. Adams, selected in the third round (82nd overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, recently signed an AHL contract with the Springfield Falcons. The Wayzata, Minn.-native appeared in 42 regular season games and two Kelly Cup Playoff games with Florida in 2005-06, scoring 15 points (1g, 14a). In five games with Springfield last season, Adams recorded six penalty minutes. The 6-2, 193-pound Adams also appeared in five games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and three games with the Cleveland Barons.
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