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2018-2019 Preliminary Rankings

Introduction

The 2018-2019 regular season is well underway, and thus the time for the 2018-2019 Bolt Prospects Preliminary Rankings is upon us. This year's training camp and preseason again showed the depth of the Lightning's prospect pool, with several young players having strong showings and a handful of new additions to the big club's roster. All in all, though the Lightning lack the top-end elite prospects they may have once had, the team still has an enviable amount of depth and a score of prospects who look poised to become future NHL'ers.

NHL Game Night: 12-10-18 Rangers at Lightning

Lightning wear out weary Rangers.

NYR-3
TB-6

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the win. Slip into some goal support and get comfortable.

First Period
12:19 NYR Hayes (6), (Strome, Namestnikov)
14:09 TB Stamkos (13), (Hedman, Miller)(PP)
15:07 NYR Hayes (7), (Vesey)

Second Period
6:19 TB Stamkos (14), (Hedman, Point)(PP)
12:42 TB McDonagh (3), (Point, Kucherov)

Third Period
10:17 TB Cirelli (7), (Cernak)
10:41 TB Stamkos (15), (Palat, Coburn)
17:34 NYR Fast (3), (Chytil)
19:21 TB Cirelli (8), (Killorn, Miller)(EN)

Steven Stamkos and Ryan McDonagh were the game's first and third stars. Stamkos with the hat trick and his 700th NHL point, as well as setting the Lightning record for hat tricks with nine of them.

I give the young Rangers some credit for hanging around as long as they did in this game. As mismatched as they are on paper, to lose a d-man and have to play short in the back was just a death sentence against this deep Lightning team. They were running on fumes in the Third Period when Cirelli finally unlocked the flood gates, and that was all she wrote.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:45.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 goals and was +2 with 5 shots and 1 hit in 16:16. He was also 50% on 10 draws. Great individual play to force the turnover and then deke Lundqvist on the key goal in the game. He's suddenly got eight goals on the campaign and he might start flirting with a 20 goal pace, too.

Erik Cernak had a helper and was +1 with 5 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 2 hits in 15:42. His IT went lower tonight due to the fight he won against Beleskey, and he seemed really assertive offensively tonight. He's really showing surprising ability on that end of the rink given he's never really been a big point producer in junior or the AHL. It helps when you play with McDonagh, which is a heck of a security blanket for a young player. Guy Boucher might've called that "psychological safety."

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 12-9-18 Swamp Rabbits at Solar Bears

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 7 @ Orlando Solar Bears 4

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 6 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG,
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, ORL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 5 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Moose Jaw, WHL): 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 7 GP, 2-5-7, E, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

The Solar Bears returned home after a win in Atlanta only to allow seven goals to the visiting Swamp Rabbits. Oleg Sosunov made his ECHL debut and was named Second Star for his efforts. Otto Somppi scored his first ECHL goal and Mitch Hults continues to produce at this level. All four Lightning prospects should be back up with Syracuse at some point this season.

CHL Game Night: 12-9-18

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 1

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/16 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 7-6-13, -15, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Neumann! Brett Neumann had a hat trick for the Fronts, leading them to a 4-1 win over Kitchener Sunday. Neumann (undrafted) is now up to 44 points in 32 games. Lipanov saw his 5-game point streak end. He’s now firmly the second line center in Kitchener, though, so he’s gained a bigger role for himself.

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