June 1st came and went and, as expected, the Lightning did not sign LW Mark Tobin
allowing him to re-enter the NHL Draft. The 2004 2nd round draft pick was not the only prospect who rights the Lightning let go of today. Under the new CBA, all non-Russian Europeans drafted in 2002 or prior had to be signed by today as a well. As a consequence, the Lightning relenquished the rights to the following prospects: LW Ivan Rachunek
(7th Round 1999), C Karri Akkanen
(6th Round 2002), D Henrik Bergfors
(9th Round 2001) and C Johan Hagglund
(4th Round 2000). The Lighning avoided a similar fate with netminder [url=fredrik-norrena]Fredrik Norrena
[/url] by signing him prior to the June 1st deadline.
Tobin, Rachunek, Akkanen, Bergfors and Hagglund will be scrubbed from the Bolt Prospects prospects list and tomorrow we will begin to unveil our 2005-2006 Final Rankings beginning with the Lightning's Top-5 Overaged Prospects.