Bolt Prospects 2005-2006 Final Rankings: 25-21

Today is the day. With the Lightning's Top Five Overage Prospects and Honorable Mentions already posted, we will now begin to unveil our Top Twenty Five Prospects in the Lightning organization five at a time in reverse order beginning with 25-21. Just a reminder, Bolt Prospects criteria deems that a prospect in any player 24 years or younger on opening night 2005 who has less than 82 games total career NHL experience and less than 41 NHL games in any one season. [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url], [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] and [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] have already graduated under these criteria and have been moved to a new section on our prospects page titled "Bolt Prospects Alumni". So, without any further adieu: [b]25. D [url=gerard-dicaire]Gerard Dicaire[/url], 23 years old, 6'2" 230 lbs, Springfield (AHL)[/b] [i]Springfield (AHL) 40 GP, 1-7-8, 12 PIM, -8 Johnstown (ECHL) 27 GP, 4-10-14, 14 PIM, -1[/i] Rarely have we seen a prospect fade from favor over the course of a three year entry level contract the way Dicaire has. As a rookie he nearly made the Lightning out of training camp, but the seasons since that near miss have been an exercise in frustration for Dicaire and the Lightning organization. Some of the factors Gerard could not help: having to play in a split affiliation in Utah of the AHL in his first pro season, having to have surgery to remove boils in his back in his sophomore year and, most recently, the discovery of a neurological disorder that led to fainting spells in Lightning training camp last Fall. Some of those factors were in Dicaire's control however, like his work ethic and his willingness to get involved in the physical side of the game. This year he split the season between Springfield and Johnstown showing brief but fleeting flashes of the potential that once had the Lightning so excited. The team has a decision to make this offseason with Dicaire a restricted free agent and the 50 man roster limit looming large. Will they give Gerard Dicaire one more year to turn it around? [b]24. G [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url], 19 years old, 6'4" 177 lbs, Sudbury (OHL)[/b] [i]Sudbury (OHL) 63 GP, 33-25-1-4, 2.94 GAA, 0 SO, .906 sv%[/i] Beech, the lanky Sudbury netminder who had long been the backup to Sharks prospect Patrick Ehelechner, stepped out of the shadows this season and became a dependable workhorse starter for Sudbury finishing 5th in the OHL with 33 wins. Moreover he really stepped up in the first round of the OHL playoffs winning league Player of the Week honors for his role in engineering the Wolves' first round overthrow of Kingston. True to the Lightning formula, Beech plays a simplified positional game using his size and the proper angles to deny opposing shooters large portions of the net. He still has a lot of physical maturing to do but perhaps the biggest hurdle he faces in getting a contract next summer will be the shear number of goaltending prospects the Lightning now have under contract in their system. [b]23. LW/C [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url], 22 years old, 6'4" 234 lbs, Johnstown (ECHL)[/b] [i]Johnstown (ECHL) 51 GP, 18-23-41, 78 PIM, +2 Springfield (AHL) 12 GP, 0-3-3, 14 PIM, -5[/i] Similar to Dicaire, Adam Henrich has plummeted in the organization in his first two years of pro hockey. The former Brampton star came out of the OHL as a bona fide 30 goals scorer and a player the Lightning hoped would soon make an impact at the NHL level, even giving him some training camp time on a line with Vincent Lecavalier in scrimmages. Unfortunately, the Lightning haven't gotten nearly what they thought they would out of Henrich. The team has been critical of his work ethic and his conditioning and have cited them as reason for several nagging injuries which have slowed Adam on the ice over the past two years. He still fails to play the power forward game the team's scouts envisioned he would when they drafted him and prefers to cling to the perimeter. His skating also has not markedly improved since junior, which is another demerit. Henrich spent almost the entire 2005-2006 season in the ECHL with Johnstown where he was the team's 5th leading scorer. With Dirk Graham out and Steve Stirling in as Springfield's head coach, perhaps Henrich has a better opportunity to stick in the AHL this season. He'd better make that opportunity good. Henrich is entering the final year of his three year entry level deal and if he fails to make strides next season he could easily find himself jettisoned by the Lightning next summer. [b]22. D [url=mike-lundin]Mike Lundin[/url], 21 years old, 6'2" 186 lbs, Maine (HEast)[/b] [i]Maine (HEast) 36 GP, 3-13-16, 4 PIM[/i] The only really controversial selection to the Top Twenty Five was Maine junior defenseman Mike Lundin. Depending on who you talk to at Bolt Prospects, Lundin is either the second coming of Paul Ranger or a facimile of fellow Lightning prospect Brady Greco. Lundin has been a solid if unspectacular college defenseman who ate up minutes for Maine in the Hockey East this season. He has good vision and is excellent at making the first pass out of the zone. He is not, however, particularly physical as evidenced by his Lady Byng like 4 penalty minutes in regular season play last season. Going into his senior year, Lundin has been named an assistant captain for Maine and he will be expected to step up his game in all three zones not only to help the Black Bears but to secure a contract from the Lightning next summer. [b]21. LW [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url], 20 years old, 6'4" 195 lbs, Johnstown (ECHL)[/b] [i]Springfield (AHL) 46 GP, 5-10-15, 22 PIM, -18 Johnstown (ECHL) 15 GP, 6-5-11, 10 PIM, -1[/i] Hrdel showed bits and flashes of the kind of game he needs to play as a pro in order to make it to the NHL level. Coming out of junior where he was primarily a perimeter player for offensive juggernaut Rimouski, we at Bolt Prospects expected Hrdel to struggle with the physical side of the next level. Early in the season, however, Hrdel began to use his 6'4" frame to lean on opponents down low in the offensive zone and create chances for himself in the offensive zone. He earned a quick callup to Springfield early in the year and put up solid numbers his first couple of months with the Falcons before a knee injury struck and the physical edge in his game seemed to disappear. At the end of the year he was reassigned to Johnstown for the Chiefs' playoff run but hopefully Hrdel understands the lesson of his rookie season. No one is asking Zbynek to pummel people on the forecheck, but he must prove himself willing to at the very least use his size to create leverage on opponents on the forecheck and he must prove he will consistently turn his back to a checker and use his size to shield the puck down low in the offensive zone. Hrdel doesn't have the speed or the stickhandling ability to get away with playing the game any other way. If he commits to it, watch out. Hrdel could give the Falcons another weapon in what is already looking like a potentially deep arsenal of forwards next season. [b]Bolt Prospects 2005-2006 Final Rankings[/b] [b][url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]Top Twenty Five[/url][/b] 21. LW [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url], 20 years old, 6'4" 195 lbs, Johnstown (ECHL) 22. D [url=mike-lundin]Mike Lundin[/url], 21 years old, 6'2" 186 lbs, Maine (HEast) 23. LW/C [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url], 22 years old, 6'4" 234 lbs, Johnstown (ECHL) 24. G [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url], 19 years old, 6'4" 177 lbs, Sudbury (OHL) 25. D [url=gerard-dicaire]Gerard Dicaire[/url], 23 years old, 6'2" 230 lbs, Springfield (AHL) [b][url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1131]Honorable Mentions[/url][/b] D [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url], 23 years old, 6'2" 190 lbs, Springfield (AHL) D [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url], 20 years old, 6'3" 195 lbs, Johnstown (ECHL) [b][url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/1129]Top Five Overage Prospects[/url][/b] LW [url=zdenek-blatny]Zdenek Blatny[/url], 25 years old, 6'1" 195 lbs, Springfield (AHL) G [url=johan-holmqvist]Johan Holmqvist[/url], 28 years old, 6'3" 185 lbs, Brynas (SWE) C [url=jason-jaspers]Jason Jaspers[/url], 25 years old, 5'11" 207 lbs, Springfield (AHL) RW [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url], 26 years old, 6'0" 195 lbs, Springfield (AHL) G [url=fredrik-norrena]Fredrik Norrena[/url], 32 years old, 6'0" 195 lbs, Linkopings (SWE)