We continue with Part 2 of our Who’s Trending? series, examining player values as camp approaches. As we’ve mentioned many times, the great part about hockey – and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. This is the Afanasenkov Rule.
The series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
ICYMI: Part 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 50-man Organizational Roster for 2014-2015 (contract status via @capgeek):
The Tampa Bay Lightning released their 2014 Rookie Camp roster on Thursday ahead of next month's rookie tournament in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. The Bolts, comprised of recent draftees, first- and second-year pros, and free agents, will join the Predators, Bruins, and Panthers in Nashville.
The roster is highlighted by eight of Bolt Prospects' nine top-ranked players, the only exception being third-year pro Vladdy Namestnikov. Prized prospects Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy head the list.
Among the invitees are three free agents: Mike Aviani (WHL Spokane/Saint Mary's University), Cameron Maclise (University of New Brunswick), and Kodie Curran (University of Calgary).
For the full roster and biographical stats for each player, visit tampabaylightning.com.
The NHL Entry Draft and Free Agency Frenzy are tiny blips in the rearview mirror and the next event – the Nashville prospects tournament – is still a few weeks away (and we’ll be there). August is the low-point of the hockey year and the Bolt Prospects staff has been using this lull to re-charge their batteries in preparation for another long season of daily reports and constant updates and commentary.
Editor’s Note: Batteries is a figurative term. We’re not robots, though we feel like it sometimes.
The prospects themselves are hard at work preparing for the season and/or dumping ice buckets over their respective heads for a good cause. Some, like Jonathan Drouin, have aspirations to make the big club. Others, like Daniel Milan, are hoping to stay in the organization beyond this season.
It’s time to take a look at who’s trending in what direction as camp approaches. The great part about hockey, and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. There are few things more exciting than watching someone turn their career around. This is the Afanasenkov Rule. You never know.
The following 4-part series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, posted a 37-14-7 record last season in 63 games. He also recorded a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average. He ranked fourth in the NHL for games played and wins, as well as seventh for save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop’s five shutouts placed fifth in the NHL and were the second-most ever posted in franchise history. He set Lightning single season records for wins, save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop set the franchise mark for most saves in a game on January 19 at Carolina with 48. His 1,625 saves were the second most in a season by a Lightning goaltender. His successful season led to a nomination for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the player voted to be the league’s best netminder.