Chicoutimi Still #1

Stanislav Lascek's Chicoutimi Sangueneens of the QMJHL [url=http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=232&id_nouvelle=919&PHPSESSID=079d33dfcd943d9da0b02bbf6aac3932]remain in first place[/url] in the latest Bank of Montreal CHL rankings. The Sangueneens have been in the #1 slot for three weeks in a row now and currently hold a 26-7-1-2 record this season. Lascek leads the way for the Sangueneens and the QMJHL as a whole with 78 points in 35 games. Lascek and his teammate Marek Zagrapan will be featured performers for Team Slovakia in the upcoming U-20 World Junior Championships. The Bank of Montreal rankings are decided through the votes of a panel of NHL scouts. Stanislav Lascek currently ranks in the top-10 in the QMJHL in all of the following statistical categories: Points (1st) Goals (10th) Assists (1st) Plus/minus (6th) Shorthanded goals (T-7th) Shots on goal (2nd)

Goc an Olympian Too

Team Germany has announced that defenseman Sascha Goc will represent that nation's contingent at the Olympics in Turin as well. Surprisingly, defenseman Timo Helbling [url=http://www.iihf.com/news/iihfpr0606.htm]was not selected to join Team Switzerland for the games.[/url]

Norrena an Olympian

TSN.ca is reporting the Finnish national team [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=147920&hubname=]has named Lightning overage goaltending prospect Fredrik Norrena its third string netminder for the Turin Olympics.[/url] Norrena beat out the Flyers' Antero Nittymaki and Bruins' Hannu Toivonen, among others, for the honor.

You Think Maybe the Hacks Are Starting to Get It?

[url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=8155&mode=threaded&order=0]This[/url] may be the first competent piece of work that Hockey's Future has published about the Tampa Bay Lightning in over a year. Kudos to Tanya Lyon for having the skill to write it, and even more so to somehow get it approved by the biased individual who currently occupies the online editorial position on the site. Yes indeed, the much maligned Lightning prospect system IS churning out NHL caliber players at a clip that the lazy reporting that went into HF's organizational rankings would lead many to believe was impossible. Here's to hoping the powers that be have finally had an epiphany. Or, if not, that the Lightning's four prospects slated to play at the upcoming WJC's further embarass HF into having one.

Keller Named WHL Player of the Week

Kelowna LW Justin Keller [url=http://whl.ca/news/?id=3524&showToc=1&]was named WHL player of the week for December 12th through December 18th.[/url] Keller had 5 goals and 1 assist in three games for the week. On the season, he currently ranks in the top-10 in the WHL in all of the following statistical categories: Points (4th) Goals (3rd) Power Play Goals (T-1st) Game Winning Goals (T-3rd) Insurance Goals (T-5th) The 2004 8th round pick with turn 20 in March and should be signed this summer with a view towards developing next season in the AHL.

European Holiday Pot Luck

Because of their more marginal status in the Tampa Bay Lightning's future plans, Bolt Prospects has not blogged real time daily updates on prospects playing in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Norway or at the Upper League level or below in Russia. We do, however, update these players' progress every month or two in an informal statistical update. With all but Russia still on hiatus until after Christmas, now is as good a time as any for such an update.

Henrich/Kelly Recalled to Springfield

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2851.shtml]have announced the recall of forwards Adam Henrich and Justin Kelly.[/url] Henrich, who turns 22 in mid January, has 6 goals and 13 points in 23 games this season in the ECHL. The 24 year old Kelly leads Johnstown in scoring with 11 goals and 28 points in 21 games for the team this season. The recalls come as a consequence of Ryan Craig and Darren Reid's recalls to Tampa from the Falcons.

Koshechkin Grinches Cherepovets

Diaper dandies Lada Togliatti began the post-Rosno Cup portion of their schedule much like they played the weeks leading into it. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin improved his overall record to 14-4-2 this season beating Severstal Cherepovets 2-1. Koshechkin has been the backbone of a Togliatti team which continues its improbable run through the Russian Superleague despite having an average age of less than 22 years old.

Cey Named to Team Canada for Spengler Cup

The Johnstown Chiefs [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=6417]have announced that goaltender Morgan Cey has been named to Team Canada for the Spengler Cup to be held in Davos, Switzerland December 26th through 31st.[/url] The Spengler Cup is an annual tournament pitting some of the best club teams in Europe against a team of Canadian players usually comprised of Canadian expatriates currently playing in leagues overseas. This year's tournament will feature European clubs Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Superleague, HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga, home town HC Davos of the Swiss NLA (whom winger Shane Willis plays for), and Elsbaren Berlin of the German DEL. Cey was selected to the club by Al Coates, former general manager of the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and NHL Hall of Famer Lanny MacDonald. The native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan had a 4-3-2-3 record with a 3.20 GAA and .902 save percentage prior to tonight's 3-2 win at home against Charlotte. Team Canada's full Spengler Cup roster [url=http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/17546/la_id/1.htm]can be found at Hockey Canada's website.[/url] Earlier this month, Lightning overage prospect Eric Perrin participated in the Loto Cup in Slovakia, which is another tournament for expatriate players. Perrin had 1 assist in three games as Canada went 1-2 losing to Switzerland and Slovakia and defeating Latvia.

Game Night 12/20: Checkers at Chiefs

This is the kind of production Henrich and Dicaire should be getting every night out in the ECHL, in my opinion. CHA-2 JHN-3 Morgan Cey is fully back on track and in control stopping 31 of 33 in the win. Adam Henrich led the way with a goal and two assists figuring in the scoring of every Chiefs goal tonight. Former WHL power play wizard Gerard Dicaire had a power play goal to open the game. Veteran Justin Kelly had three assists while the timeless Dimitri Tarabrin stayed hot with a goal and an assist. It's interesting to note former 2nd round picks Dicaire and Henrich weren't the highest ranking draft properties on the rink tonight. Rangers 1st round pick Hugh Jessiman from Dartmouth had an assist for the Checkers. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2586]ECHL.com.[/url]
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