Submitted by pete on February 9, 2006 - 17:30
I finally was told who the top-10 Lightning prospects were in The Hockey News' Future Watch issue. As I explained in my previous entry, whoever made the list several top prospects didn't. And, as a consequence, those players were not even considered by THN's mysterious panel which saw it fit to (erroneously) name the Lightning the worst prospect system in the league. Again, to reiterate, THN's evaluators only look at the top ten prospects in an organization thereby ignoring whatever depth an organization might have from being considered in the final grade. And [i]that[/i] faulty methodology is one reason I take so much issue with the decision to give the organization a D+.
Submitted by pete on February 9, 2006 - 10:57
Andreas Holmqvist has been selected to play for Team Sweden in the Tre Kronor tournament. Similar to the Euro Tour tournaments, the Tre Kronor is a two game exhibition set pitting Sweden against the best European club players from Slovakia and Switzerland. The tournament begins today with Sweden taking on Slovkia and conlcudes February 12th as the Swedes travel to Lugano to play the Swiss.
Submitted by pete on February 8, 2006 - 20:29
Man, we was low. ALB-5 SPR-2 Jonathan Boutin had his first rough start in the AHL stopping just 24 of 29. Andre Deveaux and Chris Dingman had the Falcons goals. Dennis Packard and Doug O'Brien contributed assists. Zdenik Blatny did not play for Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001703]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by chad on February 8, 2006 - 14:47
According to a Springfield Falcons press release, the Tampa Bay Lightning, after deciding that both Jonathan Boutin and Gerald Coleman have passed Brian Eklund on the goaltender depth chart, have traded Eklund to the Boston Bruins in his home state of Massachusetts. In return, the Lightning pick up former Atlanta third-rounder, winger Zdenek Blatny. Blatny is in his fifth season of professional hockey and has spent time with both the Providence and Boston Bruins this season. In 35 games with Providence this season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Brno, Czech Republic, has recorded eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points. Blatny is currently ranked fifth on Providence in scoring this season and also ranked fifth on the team in plus/minus with a +6 rating.
Submitted by chad on February 8, 2006 - 07:51
Coming off a tough loss to Rouyn-Noranda in which the Huskies did the unthinkable, holding both Stan Lascek and Maxime Boisclair off the scoresheet, the Sagueneens were looking to rebound in a big way as they visited expansion St. John's Tuesday night. The Sags found themselves still in a fog, however, as St. John's took them through overtime and into a shootout to decide the game. Lightning prospect Stan Lascek, who set up the Sags tying goal mid-way through the third period, scored on the first attempt of the shootout, and that goal stood up as Chicoutimi won the shootout after three rounds, 1-0. The 3-2 win over the Fog Devils moved Chicoutimi to 80 points, one ahead of Moncton, who lost in a shootout to Lewiston Tuesday. The win also kept them one point ahead of Quebec, who beat Shawinigan 4-3. Chicoutimi now stands at the top of the league table by themselves.
Submitted by pete on February 7, 2006 - 21:26
Ambushed. TB-4 NJ-7 John Grahame stopped just 18 of 22 shots faced while Sean Burke stopped only 5 of 8 in relief. Evgeny Artyukhin was a lone bright spot for the Lightning scoring his 3rd goal of the season on the power play. Post mortem on [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020822.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on February 7, 2006 - 21:23
Submitted by pete on February 7, 2006 - 21:19
After two bouts of shootout futility against Dayton, the Chiefs were due. JHN-5 REA-4 (SO) Brian Eklund stopped 34 of 38 shots faced before prevailing on penalty shots. Justin Kelly had 2G 1A for the Chiefs. Freshly demoted Adam Henrich had 2 assists. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2804]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on February 7, 2006 - 16:00
Karri Ramo was back in the lineup today for HPK helping his club defeat Blues 5-3. Ramo stopped 29 of 32 shots faced and was voted player of the match by fan balloting although he did not receive a three stars selection from the media. His record moves to 8-6-3 on the season.