Video: Alexeev's Goals

Video of Nikita Alexeev's two goals is now available online via the Avangard Omsk website: [url=http://video.hawk.ru/ao_mmg_050914_1_0.mpg]Alexeev's First Goal[/url] [url=http://video.hawk.ru/ao_mmg_050914_4_0.mpg]Alexeev's Second Goal[/url] Also, to update yesterday's scoring, Anton But was also awarded an assist on Yaroslavl's second goal in the 5-1 win over Molot Perm. Partial statistics for all Russian NHL prospects are now available from [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/stats_player.php?tour_id=2006011&season_part=1&anchor=StatsPlayer]Russianprospects.com[/url]

Banner Day for Lightning Russian Prospects

Despite a disappointing preseason, Nikita Alexeev has started the season well for club team Avangard Omsk. Today the left winger scored the first and the last goals for Omsk in a 4-1 victory over a strong Magnitogorsk club. Alexeev now has 3 goals in 4 regular season games. In Togliatti, Dimitry Kazionov notched two first period assists as Lada beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2. In Cherepovets, Alexander Polushin assisted on Pavel Trakhanov's third period game winning goal to lift Severstal past Novokuznetsk 2-1. Anton But scored Yaroslavl's first goal as the Lokomotiv pounded Molot Perm 5-1. In Moscow, Alexei Glukhov assisted on Sergei Shkotov's 2nd period goal as Khimik fell to Dynamo 5-2.

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.
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