Submitted by chad on July 28, 2006 - 09:27
Today, the [i]Arizona Republic[/i] published an article stating the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert, Arizona, would finally be getting an ice rink. According to Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Dusty Collins, Gilbert's favorite son, it's coming just a little too late as Collins was in town to prepare for this week's Lightning Prospect Camp but had trouble finding ice on which to practice. While the fact that Gilbert, Arizona may be getting an ice rink affects little to no one among Lightning prospect followers, the fact that the article sheds some light on Collins' future should. Collins, a 6-3 center for Northern Michigan University (NMU), was a surprise fifth round pick of the Lightning in 2004 because of his work ethic -- a prioritized ingredient for choosing who does and does not receive a contract offer for Tampa Bay.
Submitted by crash on July 28, 2006 - 05:11
Enter Stanislav: As if on Chad's cue, the young Slovak with 47 goals and 135 points in the Q last season decided to host his coming out party Thursday. Taking Blair Jones's opening faceoff and drawing a penalty by the returning Andy Rogers in :38, Lascek was granted the first of what would be many, many penalty shots/shootout attempts on this day. His first on Joe Pearce's blocker side would be deflected high into the glass. The next a teed up slapper thru traffic in front at 4:16 would make his water bottle dance. The Justin Keller - Blair Jones - Stanislav Lascek line continued to dominate the opening 30 minute period facing Andy Rogers - P.J. Atherton and the checking line of Todd Griffith - David Desharnais - Ryan Gibbons. Alexandre Imbeault the surprise scratch.
Submitted by chad on July 27, 2006 - 13:46
Tampabaylightning.com is reporting the Lightning have re-signed defenseman Cory Sarich to a one-year, $1.9 million contract. The deal allows the Lightning and Sarich to avoid a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31. Tampa Bay General Manager Jay Feaster stated in the official press release that Sarich left some money on the table in order to fit into the team's stretched financial structure. Sarich, 27, a 6-foot-3, 204-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan played in all 82 games for the third consecutive season in 2005-06, recording a goal, 14 assists and 79 penalty minutes. In 2003-04 he was one of three defensemen to appear in all 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Lightning.
Submitted by Ken on July 26, 2006 - 18:45
First a little more info on the scoring. Goal 1 - Woolger picked up a loose puck inside the red line and quickly fed Fuller all alone. He Ramo stayed in net and Fuller roofed a wrister. This was the first shot Ramo faced. Goal 2 - Griffith pick up a loose puck (in the slot I believe) as everyone was trying to clear the zone. Took it in on Disher and beat him low. This was a goal I was preoccupied during, so the description is a little hazy. Goal 3 - This goal was made by Keller. He was tenacious behind the net just to Ramo's right. He finally controlled it enough to throw it in the slot to Lascek. Lascek had a good look to shoot, got an average shot off and Ramo kicked it with his right pad. Jones was the only one to Ramos right and slid the puck in the corner of the net.
Submitted by Hockeyfan02 on July 26, 2006 - 16:46
My impressions from today. Came a bit late, but this is what I gathered from the roughly 35 minutes of action I saw: Didn't see much of Ramo. But he takes up a lot of the net like Gobolt56 noticed yesterday. Side to side movement looked ok. I wish the errands I was running wouldn't have taken so long because he's one of the guys I really wanted to see. Mihalik did not look bad today as the reports stated yesterday. I thought he did a real good job of eliminating guys along the boards. Made a nice pass late in the scrimmage to set up a chance. Took out one prospect and the ref in one hit along the boards. I liked what I saw today from him today. I think he has some good potential if he can improve his skating.
Submitted by Ken on July 25, 2006 - 21:22
I'll admit I spent much more time watching the goalies and d'men than the forwards, but I tell about what I saw. The top performer was Desharnais, the most opportunistic was Croxton. The top line was Kvapil, Lawrence, Smolenak, although only Kapvil touched the score sheet during a partial line change. Smolenak - Looks like Affy. Good size, filled out, strong on his skates, shows some offensive skill that will tantalize us. Will he score in the show or be a 3rd liner? Should see at somr point this year. Kvapil - Almost fully mature looking. Looks bigger than was led to believe. Easy E's article mentioned he has bulked. Attacked the net well.
Submitted by Ken on July 25, 2006 - 20:35
I'd agree with the experts, there appears to be a good core that will one day play in the NHL. Having followed this team since the beginning I've seen a lot of young ones. At this age it can be hard to judge this group. There are none with Hamrlik type skills, but who will be Kubina's and Ranger's vs. Bannister's and McBain's? My impressions based on today: Rogers - Looks like Ranger minus the puckhandling. Is playing solid positionally and defensive minded. Seems he could adapt in 5 - 10 NHL games like Ranger did. Does have an injury history and lacks some experience accordingly. I think he'll impress
Submitted by pete on July 25, 2006 - 19:18
Echoing many of the sentiments of Bolt Prospects blog writers today, Erik Erlendsson of the Trib [url=http://sports.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]has posted some of his comments on the first day of prospect camp.[/url] In general, there were some very positive notes made by Erik today:
Submitted by chad on July 25, 2006 - 09:58
According to Erik Erlendsson and the Tampa Tribune, Mark Tobin has been added to the roster for this week's prospect and tryout camp. Erlendsson confirmed to Bolt Prospects that Tobin was on the latest roster the Tribune received last week. Tobin was not on an earlier list provided by the Lightning. Mercyhurst's Dave Borrelli was on the first list, but does not appear on the most recent list. Tobin, a second round pick of the Bolts in 2004, was not signed by the Lightning this summer and allowed to re-enter the draft. He was not selected. According to General Manager Jay Feaster, the club tried to sign Tobin in the summer of 2005, but Tobin and his agent rejected the Lightning's final offer and talks never resumed. In 2005-2006, the 6-3, 211-pound Tobin recorded a career high 26 goals for the last place Rimouski Oceanic. He also surpassed his career high in points, by one, with 51 points in 67 games. Tobin was among the QMJHL's hit leaders, but also led the league in minus rating with a -51. The Lightning concluded that Tobin's upside was not significant enough to warrant another contract offer at season's end.
On Bolt Prospects, we've always advocated the wisdom of adding more emphasis to the Lightning's developmetal system and for the first time since the Fall of 2002, the Lightning will be holding a prospect camp. From a personal standpoint, I went to every day of that 2002 camp where I first got to watch a young defenseman from Oshawa named [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] who I went away convinced had a shot at making the NHL. Almost four years later the Lighhtning have done a lot to help fix what was, at that time, a dysfunctional developmental apparatus. They've been a regular at the Traverse City prospect tournament over the past three years and, more importantly, they've locked up a full affiliation with the AHL's Springfield Falcons. They've even gone a step further in buying into the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs giving the club additional developmental spots and the opportunity to take a flyer on undrafted free agents who have fallen through the cracks. The 20 tryout players who are being invited to this camp are part of that effort.