Somervuori's Next Move

Published reports out of Switzerland and [url=http://www.jatkoaika.com/smliiga.php?sivu=uutiset&id=4062]Finland[/url] speculate that RW Eero Somervuori will depart Karpat at the end of the SM-liiga season for the Swiss NLA league. According to the newspaper Kaleva, Somervuori has already signed to play for the club team Ambri-Piotta next year. Somervuori is [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tilasto.asp?otsake1=Kausi+2004%2D2005+runkosarja&sarja=1303&maingroup=0&group=1&parm=6&stats=70] currently third in scoring on Karpat behind Petr Tenkrat and Jussi Jokinen with 12-22-34 in 48 games. [/url] The Finnish website jatkoaika.com points out Somervuori has struggled recently since being moved off a line with NHL veteran and former Lightning player Michael Nylander but Somervuori still places in the top-20 in scoring in Finland. Karpat is currently 2nd on the SM-liiga table 5 points behind Jokerit for the top spot in the waning days of the season. Their regular season ends on March 9th at Pori Assat before the playoffs begin.

Ramo Update

The going in the SM-liiga has been tough lately for Karri Ramo. Despite some valiant efforts the young netminder has been buried behind a string of 40 shot, 5 goal allowed games and the Pelicans' lack of talent has finally caught up to Ramo. Still, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=1&raportti=29750]Ramo did manage to beat Ilves yesterday 4-3 in OT, stopping 24 of 27 shots.[/url] He has slipped overall to a .905 sv% and 3.77 GAA. However, it is important to note again that Ramo is playing against full grown men in the SM-liiga. Against junior competition, he posted what still stands as the [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/finhockey2/sjl_tulospalvelu_stat.asp?TID=1344&tilasto=mv&rajaus=0]second best sv% in Junior A behind only highly touted Tuukka Rask.[/url] Rask is expected to be as high as a top-ten pick if and when the 2005 Entry Draft ever happens. And, last week in the 5 Nations U-19 tournament Ramo more than held his own in [url=http://stats.swehockey.se/0405/html/5natu19/page0012.html]posting the tournament's best GAA.[/url] Ramo went 1-1 [url=http://stats.swehockey.se/online/37/91320001_bottom_default.htm]dropping his first game of the tournament 3-2 in penalty shots to the Czech Republic[/url] before [url=http://stats.swehockey.se/online/37/91320007_bottom_default.htm]rebounding to shut out Switzerland 3-0 stopping 17 of 17 shots.[/url]

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.
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