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Dicaire Diagnosed With Neurological Disorder

From the outset of camp defenseman prospect Gerard Dicaire was expected to be one of a handful of Lightning defensemen fighting for the sixth defenseman spot in Tampa. [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/14/Lightning/Second_opinion_on_Dic.shtml]Expectations turned to disappointment for Gerard Dicaire when he struggled to make it through conditioning drills at the start of camp.[/url] However, after being checked out by doctors, disappointment has turned into concern as [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/16/Lightning/Prospect_s_condition_.shtml]the young defenseman has been diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope, a nuerological disorder which causes the body difficulty in regulating blood pressure, leading to fainting spells.[/url]

Tobin, Rimouski start 2005 with a dud

The 2005 Memorial Cup Finalist Rimouski Oceanic finished the 2005 regular season with nearly a 30-game win streak. Now without stars Sidney Crosby and ex-Florida Panther property Dany Roussin, the team is hardly the threat or attendance draw they were just a year ago. L'Oceanic opened the 2005-06 season with a 5-0 loss at home to rival Quebec. To make matters worse for Rimouski, former Oceanic goaltender Cedrick Desjardins earned the shutout by stopping 30 shots. Maxime Joyal, who split time with Lightning prospect Jonathan Boutin last year with the Remparts, rode the pine. Lightning prospect and Newfoundland native Mark Tobin, being counted on as a leader on the new Oceanic, managed 3 shots on goal in the contest and finished with a minus-3 rating. He also accumulated 7 penalty minutes in the game. Tobin, a second round pick of the Lightning in 2004 and the fourth Rimouski prospect for the Bolts after Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Zbynek Hrdel, was coming off a less-than-stellar Traverse City tournament statistically. He was one of only a few prospects who failed to register a point in the four-game tournament.

Video: Alexeev's Goals

Video of Nikita Alexeev's two goals is now available online via the Avangard Omsk website: [url=http://video.hawk.ru/ao_mmg_050914_1_0.mpg]Alexeev's First Goal[/url] [url=http://video.hawk.ru/ao_mmg_050914_4_0.mpg]Alexeev's Second Goal[/url] Also, to update yesterday's scoring, Anton But was also awarded an assist on Yaroslavl's second goal in the 5-1 win over Molot Perm. Partial statistics for all Russian NHL prospects are now available from [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/stats_player.php?tour_id=2006011&season_part=1&anchor=StatsPlayer]Russianprospects.com[/url]

Banner Day for Lightning Russian Prospects

Despite a disappointing preseason, Nikita Alexeev has started the season well for club team Avangard Omsk. Today the left winger scored the first and the last goals for Omsk in a 4-1 victory over a strong Magnitogorsk club. Alexeev now has 3 goals in 4 regular season games. In Togliatti, Dimitry Kazionov notched two first period assists as Lada beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2. In Cherepovets, Alexander Polushin assisted on Pavel Trakhanov's third period game winning goal to lift Severstal past Novokuznetsk 2-1. Anton But scored Yaroslavl's first goal as the Lokomotiv pounded Molot Perm 5-1. In Moscow, Alexei Glukhov assisted on Sergei Shkotov's 2nd period goal as Khimik fell to Dynamo 5-2.

Commentary: What We Learned At Traverse City

Prospect tournaments are a very important part of the developmental apparatus of an NHL organization. I made this case pretty emphatically a few years ago on another website in another job: there are few better diagnostic tools for an organization than a prospect tournament to help evaluate the relative strength of a crop of players as well as to sort out their initial place inside an organization.
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