Submitted by pete on September 8, 2006 - 13:35
[url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was held off the board today as Yaroslavl was beaten 3-1 by Omsk in their opening match of the season. Artyukhin, who played 72 games with the Lightning last year, signed with the Lokomotive after the Lightning failed to meet he and his agent's demands for a lucrative contract. [b]Update:[/b] Par for the course, Artyukhin did rack up 4 penalty minutes in the contest.
Submitted by pete on September 8, 2006 - 08:29
Box scores have finally been posted from Thursday's opening round of matches in the Russian Superleague: Alexei Glukhov was held scoreless in his debut for Severstal Cherepovets as they were handled easily by Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Anton But was in uniform for SKA's 3-0 win over Chelyabinsk. But was scoreless in the match. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] got the win 4-3 as Togliatti defeated the Moscow Dynamo. Albert Vishynakov did not play for Dynamo. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes as KHK Tver defeated Ufa 3-2 in overtime. Denis' brother Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-2 overtime win over Amur.
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2006 - 21:12
Just a friendly reminder, Friday marks the opening of the Traverse City prospect tournament. At 10:45 am tomorrow the team will hold a practice in anticipation of their 7:30 pm tilt with the New York Rangers' prospects. The Lightning's official roster for the tournament [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/files/traversecity.pdf]has been posted online[/url] and features highly touted Finnish goaltenders [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] and [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url]. The tournament is the second step on what has become a two month long process to identify and place players in the Lightning prospect system. The tournament has added importance for tryout invitees like David Desharnais of Chicoutimi who are seeking professional contracts in the Lightning organization. Bolt Prospects will have full coverage of the tournament and reaction from the Lightning front office as it all unfolds.
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2006 - 21:04
Unfortunately, as of 10pm ET, there are no box scores available out of Russia. Hopefully by the time [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] and Yaroslavl finish their match with Omsk, Thursday's scores will be updated online. In the mean time I can give the final scores for the games involving Lightning prospects: Kazan (Dimitri Kazionov)-3 Amur-2 (OT) St Petersburg (Anton But?)-3 Chelyabinsk-0 Tver ([url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url])-3 Yulayev-2 (OT) Magnitogorsk-5 Cherepovets (Alexei Glukhov)-2 Togliatti ([url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url])-4 Dynamo (Albert Vishnyakov)-3 Omsk, Khimik ([url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url]) and Yaroslavl (Evgeny Artyukhin) did not play Thursday.
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2006 - 14:23
It's been a strange offseason for transfers in Russia and on opening day there were even more changes than previously indicated. Center Alexei Glukhov has transferred from Khimik to Severstal Cherepovets and Alexander Polushin, who had previously been reported as headed to Podolsk has ended up with Glukhov's old team Khimik. On a related note, winger Anton But is not listed on SKA St Petersburg's opening day roster. Bolt Prospects is still trying to ascertain his whereabouts.
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2006 - 12:07
There's only one official box score up as of now on the Global-Sport official Superleague statistics site, but we can tell you that goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] won his first start of the year defeating the Moscow Dynamo 4-3. Bolt Prospects will update all of today's opening match scores as they become available.
Submitted by pete on September 6, 2006 - 15:51
The offseason is short for a prospects site and although Traverse City doesn't begin until Friday, Thursday will mark the unofficial opening of the 2006-2007 season for Bolt Prospects. Tomorrow the Russian Superleague will get underway with a large slate of games, Friday the Lightning prospects will play the Rangers prospects at Traverse City while the Czech Extraliga hits the ice and a week from tomorrow the Finnish SM-liiga gets underway. Be sure to check Bolt Prospects for regular updates throughout the year.
Submitted by chad on September 6, 2006 - 09:28
The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that Tim Taylor will be the next captain for the club. Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards will wear the "A's" as assistant captains. Lecavalier, Taylor, and Fredrick Modin wore "A's" last year after captain Dave Andreychuk was waived. Modin has since been traded to Columbus.
Submitted by chad on September 5, 2006 - 09:20
Riku Helenius wasn't the only Lightning prospect playing in a 4-Nations tournament recently. The Sudbury Wolves, led by goaltender Kevin Beech, won three of three over the past week as Sudbury beat Poland's JKH Black Hawks, the Czech Republic's HC Vitkovice, and Russia's Moscow Dynamo. Beech stopped 21 of 22 shots on August 31 as Sudbury topped JKH 6-1. Lightning prospect camp attendee John D'Aversa scored a power play goal for the Wolves in the game. On Friday, September 1, rookie goaltender Michael Swick was in net as the Wolves beat HC Vitkovice 4-2. Sudbury finished the tournament undefeated as Beech rebounded from a rough start to beat a veteran Moscow Dynamo club 7-3 on September 2. After letting in two goals in the game's first three minutes, Beech allowed only one more the rest of the way, stopping 32 of 35 total shots for his second win. Sudbury scored six power play goals in the game. Ottawa Senators draft pick Nick Foligno was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Submitted by chad on September 5, 2006 - 08:42
Lightning prospect Chris Lawrence and Lightning Traverse City invitee Travis Fuller combined for 3 goals and 4 points as the Mississauga Ice Dogs defeated London 5-0 in OHL preseason action last night. The Mississauga News highlighted Fuller, who was acquired from Barrie last year, for his production and work ethic - two ingredients that could earn Fuller a contract with the Lightning in the future. Fuller had two goals and set up Lawrence's marker for the Ice Dogs. Fuller, a six-foot-one-inch winger, had 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in Barrie last year. He had a goal and an assist in 5 scrimmage games for Team White in July's prospect camp. Note: Exhibition boxscores are hard to come by in the WHL and OHL, so preseason recaps will be infrequent for the time being.