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Prospect Tournament Preview

Brace yourselves – Lightning hockey is now just days away.

The Baby Bolts will participate in the Nashville prospects tournament this weekend at the brand-spanking new Ford Ice Center. They'll be joined by the Preds, Bruins, and that team from near Miami. Lightning prospects are currently gathering in Tampa for two practices in advance of their tournament opener on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EST).

The Lightning announced earlier today there would be no online streaming of games. There hasn’t been any announcement concerning radio, though in the past some teams have had audio streaming available on the Web. At the least, Bolt Prospects will live-tweet the Lightning’s games from the Ford Ice Center.

Tampa Bay announced their tournament roster on August 28 and should be the favorite in the event based on the star-power of Jonathan Drouin and Andrei Vasilevskiy alone. Add in defensive weapons Slater Koekkoek and Anthony DeAngelo and the Bolts are sure to test the Ford Ice Center’s scoreboard capabilities.

KHL Game Day: 9-10-14

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Zagreb 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 31/31, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 1 SO, 1.26 GAA, .953 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin posted his first shutout of the season as Magnitogorsk smashed Zagreb 6-0. Ex-Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Metallurg.

Kazan 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus rode the pine again behind starter Johan Backlund in Slovan's 4-3 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Thrashers first rounder Alexander Burmistrov assisted on the game winner for Kazan.

Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season in Yugra's 4-2 loss to Severstal Cherepovets. The young forward played 14:30 in the match. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil scored the insurance marker in the match for Cherepovets.

Elsewhere, Mytischi defeated Ekaterinburg 4-3 in the shootout with Dmitry Korobov still out nursing a hand injury.

KHL Game Day: 9-8-14

Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Bratislava 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Veteran forward Tomas Netik had 1 goal and 1 assist for Bratislava in their 3-1 lead of Ekaterinburg. Jaroslav Janus again sat backup to Johan Backlund in the win.

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Mytischi 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 21/22, 1.01 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 1.69 GAA, .933 sv%

Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Magnitogorsk to a 4-1 smashing of Mytischi. Defenseman Dmitry Korobov of Mytischi is expected to miss the first month of the season with a hand injury and did not dress.

CSKA 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal in Yugra's failed comeback bid to erase a 3 goal Third Period deficit, as they fell 4-3 to CSKA. Gusev has point in each of his first 3 games this season. Ex-Wings pick Jan Mursak led the way for CSKA with a hat trick.

KHL Game Day: 9-6-14

Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Bratislava 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 16/19, 3.09 GAA, .842 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 2.03 GAA, .925 sv%

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy's power play goal broke a 2-2 tie to lift Slovan Bratislava to a 3-2 win over defending champion Magnitogorsk. Jaroslav Janus again sat backup to Johan Backlund in the victory.

Kazan 1 vs. Mytischi 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a goal in Mytischi's 4-1 win over Kazan. Dmitry Korobov did not dress for the match. He took a puck to the hand in a preseason game and is out for at least a month.

Novgorod 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play helper in Yugra's 3-1 win over Novgorod. Ex-Canadiens second rounder Ben Maxwell led the way for Novgorod with 1 goal and 1 assist. The Kazionov brothers, united in Novgorod, were both scoreless in the match.

Who's Trending? (Part 3)

We continue with Part 3 of our Who’s Trending? series, examining prospect values as camp approaches. As we’ve mentioned many times, the great part about hockey – and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. We call this The Afanasenkov Rule.

The series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

ICMYI: Part 1 (Prospects ranked 1-10), Part 2 (Prospects ranked 11-25)

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