CSS Midterms Are Out

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau [url=http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/01/252338.html]has released their Midterm Rankings for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. [/url] Three US based players top the North American rankings:

Linkopings Loses at the Last Second

Mike Watt scored the game winning goal with just 1 second remaining on the clock today as Leksands defeated Linkopings 3-2. Fredrik Norrena stopped 22 of 25 shots faced in the loss. His record drops to 16-8-5 on the season.

Lawrence Nets Game-Winner for Mississauga

Chris Lawrence scored a power play goal half-way through the third period to lead the Mississauga Ice Dogs to a 3-2 win over Erie Wednesday night. The goal was Lawrence's seventh of the year and was his 10th point in 11 games with the Ice Dogs since being traded from Sault Ste. Marie. Lawrence was named the game's first star.

Game Night 1/11: Bombers at Chiefs

The Chiefs marshalled an incredibly come from behind victory from three goals down tonight to complete a very successful four game set against the Dayton Bombers. DAY-3 JHN-4 Jonathan Boutin stopped 31 of 34 in the victory. Justin Kelly scored the final of four unanswered goals to secure the victory and added an assist in the rally. Dimitri Tarabrin led the charge with 2 goals while, among Lightning prospects, Brady Greco and Gerard Dicaire had helpers in the contest. Johnstown moves within 2 points of the Toledo Storm for 3rd place in the North Division. They claimed 7 of a possible 8 points against the Bombers within the last week. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2695]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/11: Bears at Falcons

Well, at least Coleman allowed less than four goals tonight. And that's something isn't it? Isn't it? HER-3 SPR-0 Gerald Coleman stopped 25 of 28 shots faced in the loss. In front of him tonight, the Falcons only managed a meager 22 shots on goal. Six of those shots came from Todd Rohloff (now wearing the "C") and Harlan Pratt. Callups have depleted the Falcons forward ranks and reduced them to, essentially, a one line team at this point, and Zbynek Hrdel's return to the lineup tonight did little to change that. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001545]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Vesce an All-Star

The AHL has announced that the Springfield Falcons' C Ryan Vesce [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2887.shtml]has been named to the "Planet USA" roster for the American Hockey League All-Star Game.[/url] Vesce has 10 goals and 33 points in 37 games thus far this year and currently ranks 5th in the AHL in rookie scoring. The AHL All-Star Game will take place February 1st in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Game Night 1/10: Chiefs at Bombers

Good teams beat the teams they should beat. With 3 of 4 straight matchups out of the way with Dayton, the Chiefs have claimed 5 of a possible 6 points. JHN-5 DAY-1 Morgan Cey stopped 30 of 31 in the win. Mike Egener, freshly back from a knee injury, showed some offense tonight with a goal and an assist on the power play. Gerard Dicaire also chipped in a power play goal and Brandon Elliot added an even strength goal. With the victory, the Chiefs move to .500 at 13-13-8 with 34 points. They move two points ahead of Toledo into 4th in the North Division of the Atlantic Conference. More importantly, they have vaulted into 9th in the conference just 1 point behind 8th place South Carolina, although the unique playoff format of the ECHL will mean the top 5 teams in the North [i]division[/i] will make the playoffs this year. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2664]ECHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Sodertalje Play a Sister Kisser

Fredrik Norrena and Linkopings played Sodertalje to a 3-3 tie today in Eliserien action. Magnus Johansson scored a dramatic extra attacker goal in the waning moments to allow the club to salvage a point. Norrena made just 23 saves on 26 shots faced in the tie. His record is now 16-7-5 on the season. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist had 14 penalty minutes in the game including a 10 minute misconduct for abuse of the officials.

Togliatti Stops the Bleeding

Lada Togliatti stopped their losing streak today tying Salavat Yulayev 2-2. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin's record moves to 14-9-4 on the season. Alexei Glukhov's reemergence continued today as he notched an assist in Khimik's 3-1 victory over Moscow Dynamo. Anton But had a goal in Yaroslavl's 5-0 throttling of Sibir Novosibirsk. Alexander Polushin was a scratch in Cherepovets' 3-2 overtime loss to Avangard Omsk.

Bolt Prospects Announces Its 2005-2006 Midterm Rankings

Yesterday, we updated the Bolt Prospects.com prospects section to reflect our updated Midterm Rankings for the 2005-2006 season. Before the season our staff agreed that using the NHL Central Scouting Service's methodology of using tri-annual updated would offer our readers a far more up-to-date and precise accounting of the team's prospects' standing in the organization than the once-annual offerings of publications like The Hockey News and websites like Hockey's Future. On October 29th, 2005 we posted our Preliminary Rankings. The number in parentheses after each prospect listed in the Top-25 reflects their change in the rankings between then and now. Regarding our criteria for deciding what constitutes a "prospect", any player under Lightning contract under 24 years of age at the start of the season who has played less than 41 games in any given NHL season to this point in his career is a prospect. Any prospect over 24 years of age who has played less than 41 NHL games in his career will be listed by Bolt Prospects as an "overage prospect". Among the players we currently list as overage prospects are, for instance, G Brian Eklund, RW Norm Milley and G Fredrik Norrena. With that out of the way, here are Bolt Prospects 2005-2006 Midterm Rankings:
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