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Kucherov Leads Team Stamkos to Tournament Title

Team Stamkos won the Lightning’s 3-on-3 tournament today at the club’s development camp with a 1-0 win over Team Hedman. Rookie pro Nikita Kucherov had the lone goal for Team Stamkos, which gave him 15 points for the tournament – second only to Cedric Paquette. The club released the final tournament statistics shortly after Kucherov, Saku Salminen, Artem Sergeev, Brian Hart, and Andrey Vasilevskiy were done skating the championship trophy around the ice.

Final Standings:

Team Hedman 4-1
Team Brewer 3-1-1
Team Salo 3-2
Team St. Louis 1-3-1
Team Stamkos 1-3-1
Team Malone 1-3-1

Final Statistics

Paquette, Kucherov Light Up Day 1 of Lightning Tournament

Lightning prospects started their 3-on-3 tournament today at Tampa Bay’s Prospect Development Camp. The club released the following statistics from today’s action:

Standings:

Team Hedman 2-1
Team Brewer 2-1
Team Salo 2-1
Team St. Louis 1-1-1
Team Stamkos 1-1-1
Team Malone 0-3

Statistics:

Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Final/Supplemental Rankings

Introduction
The golden age of the Lightning farm system continues. Despite the Syracuse Crunch's loss in the AHL's Calder Cup Finals, the Lightning organization can still boast arguably the finest prospect depth in the NHL. That depth is further bolstered by a 2013 NHL Entry Draft that saw the Lightning add a potential franchise player and also a player who was ranked by several scouting services in their top 15 prospects in the draft class. As of right now, it truly appears the Lightning may be set for a generation at the forward and goaltending positions. And, while there's still much work to be done on defense, it's no exaggeration to say the future has never been brighter. Indeed, Hockey Prospectus has even gone so far as to name the Lightning the top prospect system in the league, which is a true feather in the cap of an organization that was universally panned by the hockey media for player development just a half decade ago.

Bolt Prospects' 2013-2014 Final/Supplemental Rankings follow our websites rules for eligibility for prospects. Players 24 years or older on opening night of the Lightning's season (or what was supposed to be opening night prior to its cancellation due to the NHL lockout, in the case of this season) are considered overage prospects and are not eligible for the rankings. For that reason, a prospect like Riku Helenius isn't in the list. Additionally, skating prospects that have appeared in 41 NHL games in a single season or 82 career NHL games are no longer eligible for the list, which is why Brett Connolly is considered graduated and no longer in the rankings. For goaltenders, the bar is a little lower with 30 NHL decisions in a single season necessary for graduation and 41 NHL decisions in a career being the threshold to become a Bolt Prospects Alumni. Finally, all NCAA-based players remain eligible for the rankings regardless of age for the full duration of their college careers. There will be a quiz later.

Until then, please enjoy Bolt Prospects' 2013-2014 Final/Supplemental Rankings...

2013 Development Camp: Day 1

On the heels of a national holiday, 32 prospects--most drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning, others signed as free agents and a handful of invitees--gathered on the ice Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to begin several days of on-ice and off-ice conditioning as well as instruction in organizational values and the culture of professional hockey for both returning and first-time participants.

"Let's call this what it is: summer hockey," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper told assembled media. "Part of what [the players] get out of this camp is the chance to get to know myself, Rob Zettler, the staff. Getting to know expectations and being a pro."

"A lot of these kids are coming from juniors programs, college, all these different walks of life, but here at the Tampa Bay Lightning we've got a certain code of conduct," Cooper noted. "This is where it starts."

Having concluded fitness testing and physicals, players hit the ice and rounded out their day with an hour-long practice spent completing basic drills as well as a forty-five minute power skating session.

"The first day is always kind of a feel out day," Cooper said. "Some of these guys, I'm sure, have been skating and some haven't been."

Keeping in mind that the 3-on-3 tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday and wrap-up on Wednesday, the final day of camp, will provide better opportunities to gauge player abilities and hockey sense, here are some brief and selected observations:

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