Polushin Starts Strong for Severstal

Alexander Polushin is already starting to answer his critics with strong play in his tryout with Severstal Cherepovets after he was let go by CSKA a month ago. Alex Beleshenko of [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/article.php?article_id=329&anchor=Main]Russianprospects.com reports that Severstal Cherepovets won the LenVo Superleague preseason tournament[/url] last week going 4-0-1 in five contests to secure top on the table. Coach Plyuschev, who coached Alex Polushin to World Junior Championship gold is following a proven formula reuniting Polushin with former Team Russia linemate and Calgary Flames prospect Yuri Trubachev. Polushin started the tournament with a goal and two assists in it's first three games and he and Trubachev's three points in five tournament games put them one off the tournament best pace of four points set by three other players including Detroit prospect Igor Grigorienko. The LenVo tournament this year featured Severstal Cherepovets, SKA St. Petersburg, Moscow Dynamo and Sibir Novosibirsk of the Russian Superleague as well as Finnish SM-liiga club Espoo Blues.

Lightning Invite Boisclair to Traverse City

Boltprospects has received confirmation from the Tampa Bay Lightning that Maxime Boisclair of the Chicoutimi Sangueneens of the QMJHL has signed a tryout contract with the team for the Traverse City prospect tournament. Boisclair, who turned 20 in February, finished 4th in the QMJHL in scoring this season tallying 51 goals, 57 assists and 108 points. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Boisclair has always been known as a fiesty agitator who plays a very physical game along the wall and isn't afraid to drop the gloves when called upon. This year, however, he showed he possesses some skill as well by eclipsing his previous best season point total by 72 points while leading Chicoutimi into the QMJHL finals with 17 points in 17 playoff games. A good Traverse City camp by Boisclair could propel him into becoming this year's Andre Deveaux and earn him a contract and a spot with the Springfield Falcons.

Lightning Sign Four Prospects

The Lightning today [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/prdetail.cfm?category=3&pressreleaseID=1111]announced the signings of D Timo Helbling, D Brady Greco, D/W Brandon Elliot and LW Mitch Fritz.[/url]

Kvapil to Be Offered Contract

Boltprospects has learned that, true to speculation, the Tampa Bay Lightning do intend to extend 2005 6th round pick Marek Kvapil a contract offer. Kvapil, who turned 20 in January, is a talented Czech forward who put up solid numbers on a woeful Saginaw team in the OHL this season. Expect him to be given every opportunity to make the Springfield Falcons given the team's unfortunate lack of speed and skill up front last season.

More Prospect Signings Coming?

Erik Erlensson of the Tribune [url=http://sports.tbo.com/sports/MGBGE7D5UBE.html]suggests the Lightning may move to sign some of their college prospects like Matt Smaby, Brady Greco and Jay Rosehill [/url]to build up their minor league depth at the position. Lightning GM Jay Feaster has made it known he thinks the NCAA ranks are too soft for his taste and [url=http://www.nhl.com/futures/features/prospects_tam040705.html]hinted strongly to NHL.com a Smaby signing may be in the offing.[/url] When Andreas Holmqvist's return to Linkopings in Sweden freed up a roster spot in Springfield it all but sealed the deal that the Lightning would attempt to get Smaby to go pro.

Trade Summary

Here is a summary of the day's trades from the [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=909]Lightning draft press release[/url]:

John Wessbecker

With their final selection in the draft the Lightning selected D John Wessbecker out of Blake (USHS). The native of Victoria, Minnesota is considered a mobile, physical defenseman with great character. [url=http://umassathletics.collegesports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/052505aaa.html]He is committed to the University of Massachussetts[/url].

Summary of Lightning Picks

Here is a summary of [url=http://www.nhl.com/nhlonline/nhl?service=direct&context=DraftStats%2FteamForm&sp=S0&team=T.B&year=2005&location=%2Fdraft&Form0=0]today's eight selections in the 2005 Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning[/url]:

Chris Lawrence

One pick NHL.com apparently missed was the 3rd round selection of C [url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospect.php?pid=4293]Chris Lawrence[/url] out of Sault Ste Marie of the OHL. At 6'4" 199 lbs. Lawrence is a riddle wrapped inside a mystery wrapped inside of an enigma. Even the misreporting of his selection on the NHL and Tampabaylightning.com site should tell you how much of a question mark this player is.

Kevin Beech

With the 165th pick in the 6th round the Lightning have selected G Kevin Beech of Sudbury of the OHL. Standing at 6'4" 168 lbs Beech fits Jeff Reese's mold of big framed goaltenders. Beech moved into a tandem with touted Sharks rookie Patrick Ehelechner at midseason and was outstanding for Sudbury in the 2nd round of the OHL playoffs nearly stealing a series for his team. Beech was 9-9-2 for Sudbury during the regular season with a .912 sv% and 2.65 GAA. In the playoffs, Beech was 2-1-0 with a .922 sv% and 2.61 GAA taking over for Ehelechner.
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