Commentary: What We Learned At Traverse City

Prospect tournaments are a very important part of the developmental apparatus of an NHL organization. I made this case pretty emphatically a few years ago on another website in another job: there are few better diagnostic tools for an organization than a prospect tournament to help evaluate the relative strength of a crop of players as well as to sort out their initial place inside an organization.

Swiss NLA Season Begins

This weekend the Swiss NLA schedule began. The Lightning are well represented in Switzerland with overage prospects Eero Somervuori and Eric Perrin as well as veteran Shane Willis. Friday, Eric Perrin assisted on the opening goal of the season for SC Bern in a 6-3 victory over Lugano. Saturday, Eero Somervuori notched his first goal of the season for Ambri-Piotta as they fell 8-4 to Geneve-Serette HC.

Polushin Strikes Twice in Cherepovets Victory

With two goals Monday, Lightning prospect Alexander Polushin lifted his club Severstal Cherepovets to a 4-2 victory over Sibir Novosibirsk. The 2001 draft choice scored Severstal's second goal late in the 2nd period and capped the game's scoring with an empty net goal with 1:02 left in the match. Through 3 games Polushin now has 2 goals, 1 assist and 3 points. In other action Monday, Anton But scored a goal and added an assist in Yaroslavl's 5-4 victory over CSKA. But and Polushin now sit tied for the lead in scoring amongst all Lightning Russian prospects.

Traverse City: By The Numbers

[b]2005 Traverse City Prospect Tournament Lightning Statistics[/b] [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] 1-5-6, 6 PIM [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] 4-1-5, 15 PIM [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] 4-0-4, 0 PIM [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] 3-1-4, 0 PIM [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] 2-2-4, 2 PIM [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] 3-0-3, 6 PIM [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] 0-3-3, 0 PIM [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] 0-2-2, 6 PIM [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url] 0-2-2, 10 PIM Maxime Boisclair* 1-0-1, 9 PIM Brandon Elliott 0-1-1, 24 PIM [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] 0-1-1, 4 PIM [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] 0-1-1, 2 PIM John Toffey 0-1-1, 6 PIM Marek Bartanus 0-0-0, 2 PIM Ben Chaisson* 0-0-0, 12 PIM Brady Greco 0-0-0, 28 PIM [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] 0-0-0, 2 PIM [url=mark-tobin]Mark Tobin[/url] 0-0-0, 0 PIM Steve Whitely* 0-0-0, 4 PIM [i]* Denotes Tryout Player[/i] [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] 60:00, 1-0-0, 36 Svs, 2 GA, 2.00 GAA, .947 sv% [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] 60:00, 1-0-0, 31 Svs, 2GA, 2.00 GAA, .939 sv% [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] 60:00, 1-0-0, 28 Svs, 3 GA, 3.00 GAA, .903 sv% [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] 60:00, 0-1-0, 33 Svs, 8 GA, 8.00 GAA, .805 sv% [url=http://www.allsports.com/nhl/redwings/statistics/2005_ProspectTournamentScheduleResults.html]Traverse City Prospect Tournament Final Standings and Box Scores[/url]

Vishnyakov Off to Hot Start

Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov is off to a hot start grabbing the very early lead amongst the club's Russian based prospects in scoring. On Friday, Vishnyakov scored the second goal for Superleague power Dynamo in their 7-1 domination over freshly promoted Vityaz. Also, Dimitry Kazionov assisted on the game winning goal in Togliatti's 2-1 victory over Salavat Yulayev.

Darby Traded

TSN Canada is reporting [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=135785]veteran center Craig Darby has been traded to the Vancouver Canucks for future considerations.[/url] The 31 year old's departure should allow greater playing time for newly signed Ryan Vesce. The deal also opens a veteran spot in Springfield which might be filled by Harlan Pratt, who has been invited the Lightning camp on a tryout basis.

Lightning Prospects Beat Detroit, Finish Second in TC

Marek Kvapil scored mid-way through the third period to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358/]3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings prospects.[/url] Adam Henrich and Justin Keller both notched their fourth goals of the tournament in the win. Andy Rogers added an assist, giving him six points (1-5) in the four game tournament to lead all Lightning players. Stanislav Lascek got off the schnide, adding an assist before returning to Chicoutimi. Zbynek Hrdel, Paul Ranger, and Radek Smolenak also contibuted on the scoresheet with assists.

Lightning Prospects Defeat Wild in OT

In Traverse City, Michigan tonight the Lightning prospects improved their record to 2-1 [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBDH9BWDDE.html]with a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory.[/url] Defenseman Andy Rogers scored a game winning power play goal to break the deadlock. Other Lightning goals were scored by 2005 draftee Radek Smolenak and tryout invitee Maxime Boisclair. Goaltender Jonathan Boutin stopped 31 of 33 shots for the victory. The Traverse City prospect tournament concludes tomorrow night as the Lightning square off against the Detroit Red Wings' prospects.

But Scores in Lokomotiv Opener

Anton But added an empty net goal today to seal a 3-1 victory for Yaroslavl over Spartak Moscow. Also, in other action yesterday, Lightning prospect winger Albert Vishnyakov assisted on Dynamo's second goal in a 3-2 loss to Tver's HC MVD. The goal was a second period marker by Ottawa Senators prospect Igor Mirnov.

Lightning Prospects Fall 8-6 to Columbus

Despite a ferocious third period comeback bid the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358]fell 8-6 tonight against Columbus.[/url] 2005 draftee Kevin Beech stopped just 33 of 41 shots faced. Even in defeat, however, the Lightning organization has to be pleased with the emergence of their offense so far. The Lightning prospects have scored 11 goals in the first two contests. Leading the way have been Justin Keller of Kelowna and Springfield Falcon Adam Henrich with 3 goals each. 2005 draftee Marek Kvapil has also acquitted himself well offensively notching the Lightning's first goals in both games so far. And, it seems, in every prospect tournament there is a player who emerges from nowhere to make a serious impression. Thus far, with 2 goals and 1 assist in the opening two contests, it has been Moose Jaw's Blair Jones. After the game Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen said Jones has played well so far in the tournament. "He has stuck his nose in and played hard and made some good plays," Goertzen added. The Lightning prospects will face off with the Minnesota Wild's prospects tomorrow night at 7pm.
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