Submitted by chad on June 20, 2006 - 21:04
TSN released its mock draft today, and again, Tampa is falsely accused of having a shallow pool of goaltenders to develop. TSN not only has Tampa taking a goalie at 15, but going off the board to take the Everett Silvertip's Leland Irving ahead of Jonathan Bernier and Riku Helenius as the draft's first goalie. Irving, who is not an ideal Jeff Reese goaltender in size at 6-0, had a terrific playoff run for the 'Tips and has good numbers (1.91 GAA, .925 sv%), but was rated the No.3 North American goalie by ISS and the No.37 prospect overall by The Hockey News. TSN cites Irving's rising stock as a reason he'll make the jump up to 15.
Submitted by pete on June 20, 2006 - 15:08
Fox Sports [url=http://msn.foxsports.com/fantasy/story/5712486]has posted their mock draft[/url] for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft that will be held in Vancouver on Saturday. With the 15th pick they have the Lightning selecting Minnesota high school star Mike Forney. The pick is actually better than their rationale, but count me among those who would be highly disappointed if Bryan Little fell to 15 and the Lightning actually passed on him.
Submitted by pete on June 20, 2006 - 09:34
SPTimes.com [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/06/17/Lightning/Habit_of_draft_shakeu.shtml]finally managed to fix the link to Saturday's article by Tom Jones regarding Saturday's NHL Draft in Vancouver.[/url] Jones points to the good chance the Lightning could deal their pick and a forward like Fredrik Modin or Ruslan Fedotenko to try to acquire a goaltender the caliber of the Ducks' J.S. Giguere or the Sharks' Evgeny Nabokov. In the article Jay Feaster also echoes the position of Bolt Prospects that the Lightning have built up significant positional depth and are now in a position to focus on taking the best player available. In particular, the organization points to its depth in terms of prospects on defense and between the pipes.
You have no idea how hard it is for me to compliment a division rival but the Hurricanes, but they are due a lot of respect for what they've accomplished in winning the Stanley Cup tonight. In many ways their season and their run to the Cup was very similar to the Lightning's two years ago. So, congratulations Carolina and in particular Cory Stillman, whom I respect as a hockey player more than 99% of the players in this league. And condolences to Edmonton, who for the past ten or so years has been a gritty heart and soul franchise that has been nothing but a credit to this league. All that said, next season the Lightning need to take their trophy back.
Submitted by pete on June 18, 2006 - 10:47
Eurohockey.net is reporting [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url] [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/transfers.html?nationality=&country=&lastname=&days=31]has transferred from Severstal Cherepovets to Vityaz Podolsk Chekhov.[/url] The move is the second transfer for Polushin in less than a year. With the NHL agreeing with the Russian Federation on a new IIHF transfer agreement the team will have until June 1st 2007 to decide whether or not to sign the former 2001 2nd round pick. At this juncture, such a signing seems unlikely.
Submitted by pete on June 16, 2006 - 23:08
TSN.ca has [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=7065&hubname=]posted a mock draft of the top-14 picks in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft on June 24th in Vancouver.[/url] The only real surprise in the bunch was Artem Ansimov at 14 to the Canucks. It will be interesting to see how the Russians are selected in this draft. On the one hand, the new IIHF agreement makes it easier to get a Russian to North America. On the other, only having a two year window to sign a prospect seems to be terribly risky given how hard it can be to sign Russians who are paid handsomely in the Superleague. In this scenario the Lightning would choose from, amongst others, Mike Forney, Niklas Berglund and Riku Helenius.
Submitted by pete on June 16, 2006 - 18:18
Tonight brings the final installment of our 2006 Entry Draft Preview for the June 24th draft in Vancouver. To date we've chronicled 14 players who might be of interest to the Lightning on draft day and tonight we will add two more potential prospects from the Czech Republic to bring the total to 16 players.
Submitted by pete on June 16, 2006 - 15:59
[img]http://www.tsn.ca/images/stories/20060616/draft_williams_49129.jpg[/img] [i]D Nigel Williams of the USNTDP from the NHL Combine.[/i] TSN [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=7322&hubname=]has put up profiles for 30 prospects for the June 24th draft in Vancouver.[/url]
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Submitted by pete on June 15, 2006 - 21:05
In the first two parts of the forwards section of the 2006 Entry Draft preview we covered six potentially available centers of interest for the Lightning: Bryan Little, James Sheppard, Cory Emmerton, Ondrej Fiala, Ben Maxwell and Patrik Berglund. Bolt Prospects ranks center, and particularly playmaking center, one of the Lightning's primary organizational needs along with offensive defenseman. Goal scoring wingers are still a secondary need though, even after a very successful 2005 Entry Draft and today we'll begin to offer the profiles of a few wingers who might also be of interest when the Lightning pick at 15th overall in the first round on June 24th in Vancouver.