In today's Tampa Tribune, [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBE7QC3VSE.html]Erik Erlendsson cites Bolt Prospects[/url] as the source regarding news for goaltender [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius'[/url] shoulder injury. To my knowledge, this is the first time the site has ever been cited as a source by the mainstream media, so today we've taken another important step as a website. And the beauty of it is, we have our community of readers/bloggers to thank for it. Finnish community member Vsala first brought the injury to everyone's attention and member yackacack contributed the link to the Finnish website with information of the story. Then Chad went and got confirmation of the injury from the Lightning and a milestone was made. That's the beauty of a fully interactive blogging community. So, special thanks and kudos to all involved and by all means, keep blogging.
Submitted by pete on October 3, 2006 - 21:02
Bolt Prospects has learned from the Lightning that Helenius did indeed dislocate his shoulder in warmups against Espoo, but the team won't know more until they get his MRI results from Finland. So, Helenius' injury has been confirmed but the extent and timeframe for his return is still uncertain.
Submitted by pete on October 3, 2006 - 20:54
[url=http://daytonbombers.com/news.php?action=get_article&aid=00000000737]The Dayton Bombers announced[/url] they have traded veteran defenseman Bryan Nathe to the Johnstown Chiefs for cash. Nathe is entering his third pro season after spending his first two with Dayton. His career year came last season when he had 2 goals and 17 points in 72 games. He split his junior career between Northeastern University and Brandon and Everett of the WHL. In 2003-2004 the Minnesota native had 4 goals and 23 points in 72 games for Everett to go with 82 penalty minutes.
Submitted by pete on October 3, 2006 - 19:22
The Bolt Prospects staff has completed it's evaluation of the Lightning organization's prospects. The rankings take into account how the players performed last season, their Lightning prospect and Traverse City play, how well they did at Lightning training camp and in exhibition games, as well as their performance at Springfield Falcons camp and in AHL exhibition games. We also factor in a player's potential upside as well as their NHL readiness in reaching our decisions. One note: due to his age, [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] is now classified as an "Overage Prospect" by Bolt Prospects criteria and is not elligible for the Top-25 Rankings. Any player 24 years of age or older on opening night, October 5th, 2006, who has not already graduated as an NHLer is an "Overage Prospect". For skaters, graduation occurs when a player either A.) plays 41 NHL games in a single season or B.) reaches 82 NHL games in their career. With [url=johan-holmqvist]Johan Holmqvist[/url] as the Lightning's backup entering the season, Bolt Prospects is establishing graduation criteria for goaltenders for the first time. For goaltenders, graduation occurs when a player either A.) has 30 decisions in a single season or B.) reaches 41 decisions in their NHL career.
Submitted by pete on October 3, 2006 - 15:52
Goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin's[/url] record moved to 4-2-2 today in a 3-3 tie with Ufa. Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 5-3 win over Chekhov. Tver defeated Dynamo 4-2. Both Albert Vishnyakov and [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] were scoreless for their respective clubs.
Submitted by pete on October 3, 2006 - 12:33
Just to update our readers: The Bolt Prospects staff are currently in the process of completing our 2006-2007 Preliminary Rankings for the team and we expect to have all lists in and votes counted by the end of the weekend. The list will include new prospects from the 2006 NHL Entry Draft for the first time in our rankings. In the meantime, [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]we have updated our prospects page[/url] to reflect the assignments of all our prospects organization-wide to start the year. Thanks for your all your patience.
Submitted by vsala on October 3, 2006 - 09:17
Lightning prospect Riku Helenius [url=http://www.ilveshockey.fi/uutinen021006.php]has hurt himself and he is on injury reserve.[/url] His shoulder went dislocated during warm-up in last thursday game against Espoo Blues. He will miss games through late November. Sorry about my bad english. [b]Updated: 1:12pm (Pete)[/b] [i]In comments, BP member yackacack contributed the link to news about the injury. Also, vsala, your english is just fine.[/i]
Submitted by chad on October 2, 2006 - 22:58
According to today's [i]Springfield Republican[/i], goaltender Sean Burke was put on re-entry waivers Sunday by the Lightning in the hope that another team claims him and takes on half of his salary. In other moves, the Falcons sent Lightning prospects Stanislav Lascek, Gerald Coleman, and Morgan Cey to Johnstown of the ECHL, which means the goaltending situation in Springfield is settled with Karri Ramo and Jonathan Boutin. The [i]Republican[/i] states that coach Steve Stirling has not decided on a starter for Saturday night's opener, however. There is also a chance Burke could be sent back down to Springfield before week's end.
Submitted by pete on October 2, 2006 - 22:25