Post-Traverse City News

With the Traverse City prospects tournament complete and Lightning camp underway, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster was kind enough to share the following information with Bolt Prospects concerning Lightning prospects: First, tryout center and former Chicoutimi Sagueneen (QMJHL) David Desharnais has earned an ECHL contract with the Johnsontown Chiefs and will be attending the Springfield Falcons AHL training camp starting September 24 so the organization can determine if an AHL contract offer is in order. Also, in the category of "News No Lightning Fan Wants to Hear," Andy Rogers suffered an injury while playing in Michigan. Rogers missed most of last season with Prince George of the WHL after having surgery on his ankle. However, it is not Rogers' ankle, but a hip-flexor that has the former first rounder listed as day-to-day. Feaster doesn't expect Rogers to hit the ice at Lightning camp until sometime next week. Overall, the GM was pleased with a number of Lightning prospects in Michigan. While no forwards currently under contract with the Lightning overtly helped their cause, Feaster singled out unsigned Owen Sound Attack (OHL) winger Marek Bartanus for his good play. Also highlighted for their good play were the goaltenders, Riku Helenius and Karri Ramo ("especially Ramo"), and defensemen Vladimir Mihalik, Matt Smaby, and Rogers before he was injured. Feaster also confirmed that winger Stanislav Lascek injured his hamstring in the first game of the tournament and was sent back to Tampa for rehab.

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Rogers vs. Lascek

I thought the injury to Lascek could be harmful, but Rogers has more to lose in this case. He had an outside shot (based on his camp last year) to make the team, or at least solify himself as the first call-up. There's still plenty of camp and E-games for him to do that, but missing 5 days of camp can't be good.

Nah

His chance of making the team was so remote it wasn't even worth mentioning. It's just a hip flexor, it should be fine. I don't think he loses his spot in Springfield because of this. Lascek, on the other hand, will be in a death struggle with Keller and Smolenak for one of those Springfield forward jobs. On paper he should be the furthest along of the three, but Keller's been very consistent and Smolenak was obviously very good at TC. Lascek's back is against the wall, he needs to come out firing.

Did he say anything about

Did he say anything about Blair Jones? From what I've read here and on HF he had a good tourney. Ever since watching him at the prospect camp, he's become one of my favorite prospects.

Nope

He never mentioned Jones.

Still Sore?

I wonder if he's still a little sore from the contract negotiations with Jones. Jones played hardball and Feaster HATES when prospects play hardball.

Save % from Traverse ..

The save percentages weren't overly impressive compared to previous years .. what would you all say it's indicative of? Inconsistent goaltending, defensive lapses, or a combination of the two? Anything to be worried about?

Small Sample Set

It's two games. Both guys played one good game and one bad game, and in the end it's not really indicative of anything. What's important in these games is that the goaltenders show you they have A.) good preparation habits and B.) good skill sets and judging by the organization's reaction I think both guys displayed that (especially Ramo). I'm more concerned about the fact Helenius has a better chance of catching ebola than he does getting 20 starts this year in the SM-liiga than I am about his performance at TC.

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