Polushin Update

I just got a response back from [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/aboutus_staff.php]Evgeny Belashenko[/url] of [url=http://russianprospects.com]Russianprospects.com.[/url] If you can pull yourself away from that picture of the lovely Ms. Melikova, Evgeny speculates that Alex Polushin's lack of games at the Superleague level may be due to him not fitting with CSKA's new system under Slava Bykov who took over from the venerable Viktor Tikhonov. Whatever the reason, Polushin's mere 11 games at the Superleague level (3-3-6 with 4PIMs in those games) has led to some consternation amongst some Lightning fans. Others who are more vocal and less knowledgable on the web (AOL bottomfeeders I'm looking in your direction) have even gone so far to claim that Polushin doesn't deserve to be a highly rated prospect because he, to paraphrase their argument, hasn't played any hockey in two seasons. And while it is true he missed most of last season with a knee injury, Polushin has NOT been merely serving popcorn in CSKA's pressbox this season. To the contrary, he has been playing for CSKA2 in the Farm/First League where he is at over a point a game pace at 10-13-23 in 21 games. To put that in some measure of perspective, a couple of seasons ago when Dimitry Kazionov was playing in the First League he had 14-13-27 in 34 games.

Boutin Out at Least 3 Weeks

Boltsprospects staff writer [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/chad]Chad Schnarr[/url] has received word from the Quebec Remparts organization that goaltender Jonathan Boutin underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday and is expected to miss at least three weeks. Boutin, a 2003 3rd round pick, was recently acquired from the PEI Rocket and has played parts of the last two seasons with Quebec, PEI and Halifax of the QMJHL. Boutin, who was acquired by Hockey Operations Director Patrick Roy to take over goaltending duties down the stretch from rookie Maxime Joyal, could be available to return roughly two weeks before the end of the regular season.

Ramo Beats Raycroft

Boltprospects had already learned from the Lightning organization that its European scouts were dancing in the streets about the meteoric rise of goaltender Karri Ramo in the SM-liiga. [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=1&raportti=29704]However, after today's 4-2 victory over Tapparra, somersaults may be even more appropriate.[/url]

Ramo Takes Lukko to OT

Even in defeat, young Karri Ramo continues to impress in his debut season in Finland's SM-liiga. Today, Ramo managed to carry his last place Pelicans into overtime deadlocked at 1-1 against 5th place Lukko Rauma before finally conceeding the game winning goal to Boston's Hal Gill. Despite the loss, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=1&raportti=29693] Ramo was named the game's second star after stopping 29 of 31 shots.[/url]

Ramo Worn Out by JYP

Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo, who was selected in the 6th round of the 2004 draft, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=2&raportti=29690]fell 5-0 today at the hands of JYP.[/url] Ramo stopped 43 of 48 shots in the loss (.896 sv%). For the young Finnish netminder, some solace can be taken in the way he held his team into the game even against an onslaught of JYP shots.

Henrich Returns to Springfield

After a six game stint with Johnstown (ECHL), the Springfield Falcons announced Monday afternoon that winger Adam Henrich has been recalled. [quote] The Springfield Falcons, American Hockey League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, today announced that left wing Adam Henrich has been recalled to the club from the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. Henrich scored two goals among three points and registered 15 penalty minutes in six games with Johnstown after being assigned from Springfield on Jan. 6. The 6-4, 238-pound forward, who will turn 21 on Wednesday, has posted 16 points (6g, 10a) in 34 games with the Falcons this season. Henrich was the Lightning’s first selection (2nd round, 60th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Falcons Whoop "Woostah" in OT

Recently recalled defenseman Doug O'Brien scored the game winning goal tonight in Springfield's 4-3 OT triumph against Worcester. The Newfoundland born blueliner's sudden death talley capped a remarkable comeback that saw the Falcons crawl out of a 2-0 first period deficit to defeat their Atlantic Division rival.

Chiefs Fall to Toledo 5-2

The bad news is that the Johnstown Chiefs lost 5-2 to Toledo tonight. The good news for Lightning prospect watchers is that JF Soucy notched 2 assists and Adam Henrich added 1 goal in the game. Henrich is now riding a three game point streak into tomorrow night's game against Wheeling.

European Prospects Update

Ahhhhh, my first European Hockey Update away from the third world dictatorship that HF has become. Lets begin: All in all, the beat goes on in Europe for the Lightning's prospects. They have some excellent overage properties like Somervuori, But and Norrena but have yet to see the explosion from youngsters like Polushin and Kazionov they might've hoped for. The exception to the rule is 2004 entry draft 6th rounder Karri Ramo, who is emerging as one of the two best young goalies in all of Finland after having a remarkable performance at Traverse City.

Karri Ramo Does it Again

While the battle between Gerald Coleman and Jonathan Boutin in jockeying for position for the title of "goaltender of the future" continues to rage on, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=2&raportti=29685]Karri Ramo may very well be winning the war.[/url] Today Ramo once again stood on his head to carry his attrocious Pelicans SM-liiga team to a shutout 2-0 victory over Tappara in which he stopped 42 of 42 shots. That's impressive. Especially when you consider the woeful band of players in front of him were outshot 42-18. Ramo now has a .919 save percentage and a 3.23 GAA in the SM-liiga, against full grown men, on a team which sits dead last on the SM-liiga table. His statistical dominance becomes even more interesting when you begin to take a look at what he's accomplished at the Junior A level for the Pelicans this season.
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