Tyrell Impresses Feaster
This past weekend, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster and Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle spent the All-Star break touring Western Canada watching potential and future Bolts.
Among the games the duo took in were the CHL Top Prospects Game and two games featuring 2007 second round pick Dana Tyrell. On Thursday night, Tyrell scored 2 goals in a 5-4 Prince George shootout loss to Lightning 2006 6th rounder Dana Crowley and Everett in front of Lightning leadership. After a game in Vancouver to see the Giants and Tri-City Americans on Friday, they saw Tyrell again, this time against Lightning 2007 4th rounder Mitch Fadden - a game that was a 9-0 blowout for Fadden and Lethbridge. Fadden had 2 assists in the game.
Feaster provided a quick review of the Lightning draftees for BoltProspects.
Dana was very good in the two games we saw at P.G. While his team got blown out in the second game against Lethbridge, Dana (and his brother, Corey) never stopped working. In fact, Dana had a chance early on a shorthanded breakaway that, had he buried, it might have changed the complexion of the game for at least a bit. We were very pleased with his progress. We had a chance to meet with him after the game on Thursday and he is an impressive young man. The leadership opportunity he is now being afforded will also speed his development. In terms of his signing ... he can only play in the NHL or the WHL next season. We certainly intend to try to sign him this summer.
Mitch Fadden also had a very good game against P.G., although despite his team scoring 9 goals he really didn't figure prominently in that many. He was dangerous all night, and I think he won better than 85-percent of his draws. He skated really well and was creative in the offensive zone. He looked very good and we were pleased.
Dane Crowley played a pretty solid game on Thursday against PG. He skates well and has good offensive instincts.
Feaster also mentioned the need for Crowley to work on the defensive side of his game and any potential contract between Crowley and the Bolts is dependent on being able to work out reasonable financial parameters.
Loiselle and Feaster were reportedly scheduled to finish out their trip in Edmonton on Sunday. The Oil Kings faced draft prospect Tyler Ennis and the Medicine Hat Tigers.
"All-in-all, it was a very worthwhile trip," Feaster said, "not only in terms of seeing our prospects, but also getting to see a number of Draft Eligible guys our scouts have identified for us."