Submitted by chad on September 7, 2005 - 07:18
Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen, fresh off watching his prospects dismantle Atlantaâ€™s prospects 5-3 Tuesday night, said 2005 first round pick Vladimir Mihalik looked â€œimpressiveâ€ with his Tampa Bay teammates. Goertzen complimented Mihalikâ€™s skating ability, decision making, and heavy shot. â€œHe played with a lot of poise,â€ said Goertzen of the 6â€™8 Â½â€, 234 pound Slovakian defenseman. Goertzen also singled out the play of 2005 pick Marek Kvapil, saying he â€œattracted a lot of attention with his nifty moves.â€ Kvapil, who opened the scoring for Tampa Bay against Atlanta, was signed this summer after being a sixth round selection in Julyâ€™s NHL Entry Draft. A 25 goal scorer last season for OHL Saginaw, Kvapil could provide offense to Springfield and/or Johnstown this season.
Submitted by chad on September 6, 2005 - 21:45
In the opening game of the 2005 Traverse City Prospects Tournament, the Tampa Bay Lightning prospects beat their Atlanta counterparts 5-3. The Lightning were paced by Kelowna Rockets winger Justin Keller, who [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358]scored two goals[/url] and newly signed Notre Dame Fighting Irish goaltender Morgan Cey, who stopped 28 shots. The Lightning also got goals from recently signed Marek Kvapil, Traverse City veteran Adam Henrich, and Moose Jaw center Blair Jones. Both Kvapil and Jones, taken in the 2005 draft, scored shorthanded. Assists were earned by Zbynek Hrdel, Brandon Elliott, Jay Rosehill, and 2004 first rounder Andy Rogers.
Submitted by pete on September 4, 2005 - 16:55
Sweden shut out Finland 2-0 today to complete a three game sweep of their round robin and claim the Ceske Pojistovna Cup. Lightning defenseman prospect Andreas Holmqvist once again played on the first pairing with veteran Kenny Jonsson while Jimmie Olvestad's line was moved up from third to second line duty. Finishing second on the table was Russia, which finished out their tournament by defeating the Czech Republic 2-1. Russia scored two goals late in the third period including one by former Lightning winger Alexander Kharitonov to steal the win away in front of a hostile pro-Czech home crowd.
Submitted by pete on September 3, 2005 - 12:16
Winger Jimmie Olvestad scored a goal and an assist as Sweden toppled the Czech Republic 5-3. Once again, Lightning prospect Andreas Holmqvist played on Sweden's first pairing with veteran Kenny Jonsson. And, in the early game, Russia defeated Finland 4-1. Anton But assumed playing time on Russia's second line and former Lightning player Alexander Kharitonov chipped in an assist in the victory.
Submitted by pete on September 1, 2005 - 21:15
Novosibirsk defeated Avangard Omsk 3-2 Thursday to claim victory in the Blinov Memorial Tournament. Disappointingly, Lightning prospect Nikita Alexeev failed to score in four games for Omsk. The left wing accrued four penalty minutes on the tournament but continued his scoresheet futility. In the last two tournaments Alexeev has just a mere one assist in eight games.
Submitted by pete on September 1, 2005 - 20:36
Alexander Polushin's red hot preseason cooled a bit before Cherepovets' fans as he was held scoreless in the team's third tournament of the preseason. Severstal finished 2-1 for the tournament, which spanned Monday through Wednesday, losing the opener of the tournament to SKA St. Petersburg 2-1 before rebounding to defeat CSKA 4-2 and Yaroslavl 2-1. Despite not hitting the scoresheet in this tournament, Polushin remains tied for second amongst all Cherepovets scorers in the preseason with 7 points. He is currently tied with veteran Alexander Gulyavtsev and Detroit Red Wings prospect Igor Grigorienko behind his linemate and Calgary Flames prospect Yuri Trubachev who has 10 points in the three tournaments. Lightning prospect Anton But missed the tournament for Yaroslavl in order to prepare with the national team for the Ceske Pojistovna Cup.
Submitted by pete on September 1, 2005 - 12:35
In the opening game of the Ceske Pojistovna Cup, Sweden defeated Russia 2-1 on a 3rd period goal by Mikka Hannula scored with 32 seconds left in regulation. Neither Anton But nor Andreas Holmqvist made the scoresheet for their respective sides. As expected, But played on Russia's 2nd line with his Yaroslavl teammates Ivan Neprayev and Ivan Tkachenko. Holmqvist held down first pairing duties along side long time New York Islander Kenny Jonsson. Jimmie Olvestad played on the third line for Sweden as well. In the late game Czech Republic defeated Finland 2-1 on penalty shots.
Submitted by chad on September 1, 2005 - 07:05
Lightning first round pick Vladimir Mihalik frequently gets compared to fellow Slovakian defenseman Zdeno Chara. A Norris Trophy candidate with the Ottawa Senators the last time NHL hockey was played, Chara measures in at 6-feet, 9 inches, and 260 pounds. When Mihalik was measured before being chosen by Red Deer in the first round of the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, he stood at 6-feet, 7 inches, and 220 pounds. The Lightning listed the same size for Mihalik when they chose him 30th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. However, when he arrived in Red Deer for training camp this week, Mihalik's exact measurements were 6-feet, 8 and 1/2 inches, and 234 pounds. Mihalik is now the tallest player in the Lightning organization, surpassing the 6-foot, 8 inch Mitch Fritz and 6-foot, 7 inch Arthur Femenella.
Submitted by pete on August 31, 2005 - 22:42
Head coach Vladimir Krikunov has revealed his team at the Ceske Pojistovna tournament will feature a second line [url=http://www.rushockey.com/events.php?i=sl&stream=sl_interviews&id=294]comprised entirely of Yaroslavl forwards including Lightning prospect Anton But.[/url] In an interview with Sports Express Krikunov revealed plans to keep the chemistry developed between players in the Superleague in tact by featuring three lines with each comprised entirely of players from the Moscow Dynamo, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. But's linemates will be Washington Capitals prospect Ivan Nepriayev and Columbus Blue Jackets property Ivan Tkachenko. The tournament begins today, September 1st, with Czech Republic squaring off with Finland and Russia playing Sweden.
Submitted by pete on August 30, 2005 - 16:26
The Tampa Bay Lightning in conjunction with the Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2741.shtml]have signed 34 year old veteran defenseman Brad Tiley.[/url]