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THN Lightning Top-10: Who Wasn't Even Considered

I finally was told who the top-10 Lightning prospects were in The Hockey News' Future Watch issue. As I explained in my previous entry, whoever made the list several top prospects didn't. And, as a consequence, those players were not even considered by THN's mysterious panel which saw it fit to (erroneously) name the Lightning the worst prospect system in the league. Again, to reiterate, THN's evaluators only look at the top ten prospects in an organization thereby ignoring whatever depth an organization might have from being considered in the final grade. And [i]that[/i] faulty methodology is one reason I take so much issue with the decision to give the organization a D+.

Assat Crushes HPK

HPK fell 5-3 today to Pori Assat. Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo stopped just 21 of 25 shots faced. Assat added an empty net goal in garbage time. The young goaltender's record falls to 8-7-3 this year.

Holmqvist to Participate in Tre Kronor

Andreas Holmqvist has been selected to play for Team Sweden in the Tre Kronor tournament. Similar to the Euro Tour tournaments, the Tre Kronor is a two game exhibition set pitting Sweden against the best European club players from Slovakia and Switzerland. The tournament begins today with Sweden taking on Slovkia and conlcudes February 12th as the Swedes travel to Lugano to play the Swiss.

Game Night 2/8: River Rats at Falcons

Man, we was low. ALB-5 SPR-2 Jonathan Boutin had his first rough start in the AHL stopping just 24 of 29. Andre Deveaux and Chris Dingman had the Falcons goals. Dennis Packard and Doug O'Brien contributed assists. Zdenik Blatny did not play for Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001703]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Eklund Traded to Boston

According to a Springfield Falcons press release, the Tampa Bay Lightning, after deciding that both Jonathan Boutin and Gerald Coleman have passed Brian Eklund on the goaltender depth chart, have traded Eklund to the Boston Bruins in his home state of Massachusetts. In return, the Lightning pick up former Atlanta third-rounder, winger Zdenek Blatny. Blatny is in his fifth season of professional hockey and has spent time with both the Providence and Boston Bruins this season. In 35 games with Providence this season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Brno, Czech Republic, has recorded eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points. Blatny is currently ranked fifth on Providence in scoring this season and also ranked fifth on the team in plus/minus with a +6 rating.
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