CHL Playoffs Tonight: 5/8

[b]WHL[/b] The fat lady is warming up. JD Watt scored at 4:37 of overtime tonight to help lift Vancouver over Moose Jaw 2-1. The victory stakes the Giants to a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 series lead. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was scoreless and even in the game with 4 penalty minutes.

World Championships Day Four

Andreas Holmqvist got his first career World Championships point today, a helper, in Sweden's 4-0 shutout of Italy. The blueliner had 3 shots on goal and was +1 in the match. Elsewhere, Martin Cibak was scoreless and +1 with 2 shots on goal as Slovakia clubbed Kazakhstan 6-0. Sweden leads Group B via the goal differential tiebreaker over Switzerland. Both teams are 2-0-0. Slovakia sits at second in Group C behind Russia at 1-1-0.

World Championships Day Three

Fredrik Norrena got the day off today as Antero Nittymaki was between the pipes for the Finns in a 5-0 shutout of Latvia. Nittymaki stopped 18 of 18 shots faced in the match. Finland leads Group A thus far with a 2-0 record.

Eric Perrin's Status Next Season

Also according to Eurohockey.net, [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/transfers.html?nationality=&country=&lastname=&days=183]Swiss team SC Bern has loaned out Eric Perrin to Frankfurt of the German DEL next season.[/url] Perrin was loaned out to Biel/Bienne of the NLB by Bern after they lost early in the NLA playoffs. He had 13 goals and 38 points in 44 games in the NLA regular season, 2 goals and 6 points in 6 games in the NLA playoffs and 5 goals and 12 points in 11 NLB playoff games this season.

Hagglund Transfers to Leksands

Eurohockey.net [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/transfers.html?nationality=&country=&lastname=&days=183]reports 2000 4th round pick Johan Hagglund has transferred from IK Oskarshamn of the Allsvenskan to Leksands which will be demoted to the Allsvenskan next season.[/url] Reports indicate all non-Russian Europeans drafted in the 2002 Entry Draft and prior must be signed by this summer to retain their rights, so it is unlikely Hagglund will be a Lightning property much longer. The C/LW had 10 goals and 21 points in 41 games with Oskarshamn this season.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 5/6

[b]WHL[/b] [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist, but Moose Jaw still fell to Vancouver 7-5 as Columbus Blue Jackets 2005 first round pick Gilbert Brule scored 3 goals and added 3 assists for the Giants. The Warriors now trail in the series 2-0.

World Championships Day Two

In a major upset today, Belarus knocked off Slovakia 2-1. Martin Cibak had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot on goal for the Slovaks. Timo Helbling was scoreless in Switzerland's 3-1 victory over Italy. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless with 2 shots on goal in Sweden's 4-2 win over Ukraine.

TSN/ISS Top 30 2006 NHL Entry Draft Prospects

ISS, in conjunction with TSN, [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=10631]have posted their Top-30 skaters and Top-10 goaltenders for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.[/url] Erik Johnson of the USNTDP claims their top spot in agreement with NHL Central Scouting's rankings. The Lightning will pick 15th in the draft.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 5/6

[b]WHL[/b] In game one of the WHL Finals Vancouver took the switch to Moose Jaw, scoring 5 unanswered goals to earn a 5-1 win. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] went scoreless and -1 in the game. Vancouver leads the series 1-0.

Mihalik/Sutter Rift???

Some of you may have read about an article from the Red Deer Advocate which has bubbled to the surface this week speculating that Head Coach Brent Sutter is dissatisfied with the play of Lightning first round pick [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] and may be looking to replace the big Slovakian defenseman via the CHL Import Draft. Bolt Prospects correspondant Chad Schnarr contacted Greg Meacham of the Advocate and obtained a copy of the story which ran in March at the Rebels season end. Meacham admits that he was never told by Sutter directly that Mihalik wouldn't be asked back and that the story was his opinion/speculation. Bolt Prospects then contacted the Lightning organization to get their reaction to the story. The Lightning have not heard anything from their scouts or Red Deer about a falling out and intend to look into the matter further. The story leads to a number of questions regarding Mihalik's relationship with Coach Sutter in Red Deer. Most notably, why does the Advocate's WHL reporter get the impression from Sutter that the coach has such a negative opinion of Mihalik that he might not ask him back? Bear in mind, Sutter reportedly had a falling out last season with Lightning prospect [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] who was traded at midseason in 2004-2005 to Moose Jaw where he blossomed into the WHL's 6th leading scoring this year. In addition, Schnarr and Bolt Prospects have learned the Lightning still have not made decision regarding whether or not they will sign defenseman PJ Atherton.
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