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Lightning 2007 draft pick Luca Cunti is not likely to play with St. Cloud State University of the WCHA this year. He was recently listed by a SCSU publication as being a commitment for 2008-2009, not this season, and his name was not appearing on the Chicago Steel (USHL) roster. Because of Cunti's late commitment, his arrival at SCSU this year was pending NCAA clearinghouse approval.
A WCHA blogger is now saying he's listed with Chicago, but he may be thinking of the Steel's protected list -- which is true. He's not on the roster on their web site.
We are currently awaiting official word from the Lightning, but at this point it looks as though Cunti will be in Chicago this year and SCSU next year. He could return to Europe this year, but that doesn't appear to be his intention.
Just some quick thoughts of mine going into this week's tournament:
Redwingscentral has released their copy of the Lightning's Traverse City roster with only a few minor amendments to the roster released by Erik Erlendsson of the Trib. As expected, Windsor forward John Kurtz will suit up for the Red Wings instead of the Lightning and defenseman Justin Fletcher will replace injured enforcer Arthur Femenella.
The Lightning prospects' first official practice is slated for Friday at 11 am with their first game action coming that night at 7 pm against the New York Rangers' prospects.
Kelowna Rockets goaltender Torrie Jung had the "honor" of taking the loss for the first win by the WHL expansion Edmonton Oil Kings. The Oil Kings defeated Jung and the Rockets 4-3 Saturday during the Oil Kings Preseason Invitation in the the Edmonton area. Jung, who did not start the game for Kelowna, allowed two goals on 15 shots, including a breakaway goal.
Seattle fell to Everett 4-1 in Day 2 of Everett's Preseason Tournament, but Riku Helenius did not play for Seattle and Dane Crowley did not hit the scoresheet for Everett, who dressed more veterans this game.
Eat your heart out Gordon Solie...
Team Canada completed a 4 game sweep of the Russian leg of the Super Series today defeating Team Russia 4-2. Brad Marchand led the way for the Canadians with 2 goals and 1 assist in the contest. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell was again scoreless in the match. The Super Series will now shift to Canada for its remaining four games.