Submitted by pete on July 30, 2006 - 21:39
With Jay Feaster's announcement of which players will be invited to join the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team, I figured I'd take a rough stab at what the roster will look like. To the best of my knowledge, players are only elligible to play in Traverse City twice, making players like [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] and [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] ineligible to play this year. The rule narrows the field of potential candidates considerably, which is why you see so many free agent forwards invited to the camp this year.
Submitted by Ken on July 30, 2006 - 18:53
Feaster beat me. I layed out all my overall evaluations from camp today and decided to blog my thoughts on the unsigned prospects first and to do it tonight figuring that Jay would announce those soon. Sooner than I thought. [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/MGBABCCU8QE.html]From the Tampa Tribune:[/url] "PROSPECT CAMP: Feaster called this week's prospect conditioning camp a worthy investment of time and money. If there were a camp MVP, Feaster said Kevin Quick, the team's fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft, would earn the title. The GM said Quick was unbelievable in the five scrimmage games and is speaking to the defenseman and his parents about playing junior level hockey next year instead of returning to prep school on Connecticut in order to "accelerate" his progress.
Submitted by Ken on July 29, 2006 - 19:08
White Wins series with a 2 - 0 victory over the Black The puppies were tired today and the goaltenders were at their best in a sloppily played game. 0 - 0 at the intermission and then: 1. White: Hrdel (Lascek, Collins) collins down low slips it to Lascek quickly to Hrdel who smacks it by Pearce from the lefthand side of the low slot. Wasn't exactly soft,nice shot, but any of the other three goalies might have had that today. 2. White: Hrdel (Oullette, Czuy) Czuy made the play by dishing the puck of as Rogers tied to take him out along the center boards. Czuy took Rogers out instead slipping it to Oullette who skated past the two and creted a 2-on-1 with Hrdel. Oullette drew the defender, slid the puck to Hrdel who smoked it from near the same spot as his first one. Also against Pearce.
Submitted by chad on July 29, 2006 - 10:03
Matthew Wuest of the [i]Halifax Daily News[/i] has written an interesting feature on Acadia forward Kevin Baker, who is one of the 41 prospects in camp this week. Baker, a former Kings draftee who played professionally with Lowell and St. John a few years back, just wants a chance to get back into professional hockey. He's getting that this week with the Lightning. Also in the feature, Lightning scout Darrell Young, who lives in Halifax, states the Lightning have spent approximately $100,000 this week to bring in players they think may be able to contribute somewhere in the organization. Young tells the [i]Daily News[/i] the organization is in search of offense, "and [Baker's] shown he can provide it." "We think with the rule changes, [Baker] has a chance," Young says.
Submitted by Ken on July 28, 2006 - 21:41
I was watching individual play versus the puck so a couple of goals snuck up on me. Anyway the White once again rebounds from a loss to put a 5 - 1 pasting on the Black. 1. White: Mihalik (either Keller or Wheat) Whichever ever forward it was made a stop along the far wall near the blue line. Mihalik stepped in picked up the loose pick took about two big strides in and from well above the right circle, near the slot area, put a nice wrister high glove side on Pearce. (Not a good evening for Joe) 2. White: Woolger (Fuller, Wheat) Wheat kept the play in, Fuller scooted it to Woolger, wrister from low right circle.
Submitted by Ken on July 28, 2006 - 20:34
Two things: If meritocracy is truly alive in the Lightning organization, Brian Woolger and Torrie Wheat continue their tryout at Traverse City. I've been to 3 of the 4 games and they've (along with Fuller) have been in the top 2 lines performance wise each game. Tonight the dominated: shots, scoring chances, the scoresheet,possesion time in the offensive zone and they play hard in all 3 zones. Woolger rung up 2 with wheat helpers. The second one was a one-timer blasted so hard you could hear the Feaster suite gasp, then chuckle. Woolger listed at LW, has centered all week. I outlined what I specifically wanted to focus on tonight and this line was one of them since they were productive collectively the first two games, but I could not identify what made them so successful. I was taken with Wheat's play from the first shift and Woolger kept popping up everywhere he needed to be. Fuller is a solid complement, but these two make the line. Towards the end of the game though was a defining moment from Wheat. He had carried the puck 1 on 3 just across the blueline and stopped right in front of the door where the lightning enter the rink from the locker room to wait for help. Our boy Quick lined him up and destroyed him. His upper body snapped backward into the bench probably at about 75 degrees bent back. His head then snapped right and hit the glass seperating the seats from the bench. He went down in a heap & the Lightning brass rose a bit to see how badly hurt he was (looked horrible - never seen a spine bent back that sharply). He was up in a few seconds (didn't pop-up) went up and down the ice a couple of times and finished his shift with a scoring chance about 6 feet to Ramo's right that a D'man jumped in front of. Needs 20 lbs. of muscle, but he's a Productive player tools or no.
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Submitted by pete on July 28, 2006 - 17:18
In quite impressive fashion, [url=http://www.hockeyarchives.info/top.htm]hockeyarchives.com has released their ranking of the top 250 European club teams.[/url] The rankings are based on both the 2005-2006 season as well as previous seasons' performances in both league play and interleague play. The rankings help paint a portrait of which Lightning prospects are playing for top level franchises and which have latched on with lesser clubs: The top 10 are: 1. Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS) [b]2. Ak Bars Kazan (RUS), Dimitri Kazionov[/b] 3. HV 71 Jonkoping (SWE) 4. Karpat Oulu (FIN) 5. Frolunda Goteburg (SWE) 6. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RUS) 7. Avangard Omsk (RUS) 8. Slavia Prague (CZE) 9. Farjestad (SWE) [b]10. Linkopings (SWE), [url=andreas-holmqvist]Andreas Holmqvist[/url][/b]
Submitted by chad on July 28, 2006 - 10:34
Canoe.ca columnist Patrick Williams gives his list of offseason winners and losers in the AHL and Springfield not only comes out in the "winners" category, but Williams suggests the Falcons may be the league's most improved team. Williams cites the potential additions of defensemen Andy Delmore and Doug Janik, as well as center Eric Perrin as reasons for Falcons fans to be optimistic this year. Williams also mentions Johan Holmqvist as a possibility, but it is doubtful the Swede will be in Springfield to begin the year.
Submitted by chad on July 28, 2006 - 09:50
Erik Erlendsson of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] reports today that negotiations are not going well between the Lightning and restricted free agent winger Evgeny Artyukhin. "I'm not sure what his thinking is right now," Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster told the [i]Tribune[/i]. "Some of the things his agent has told us are very inconsistent with his role and bargaining position." "R-2," or "Arty" as he's called by his teammates, is projected to have a significant role in the Lightning's future, but struggled at the end of last season and saw his minutes fall considerably. He finished the year with four goals and 13 assists in 72 games. In the playoffs, Artyukhin was up to just over 8 minutes a game and added a goal. Artyukhin is the only member of the Lightning yet to be signed, and it doesn't appear that will happen any time soon. Of note: The article also lists cap hits for every player currently under contract with the Lightning and expected to make the parent club.