With the Traverse City prospects tournament complete and Lightning camp underway, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster was kind enough to share the following information with Bolt Prospects concerning Lightning prospects:
First, tryout center and former Chicoutimi Sagueneen (QMJHL) David Desharnais has earned an ECHL contract with the Johnsontown Chiefs and will be attending the Springfield Falcons AHL training camp starting September 24 so the organization can determine if an AHL contract offer is in order.
Also, in the category of "News No Lightning Fan Wants to Hear," Andy Rogers
suffered an injury while playing in Michigan. Rogers missed most of last season with Prince George of the WHL after having surgery on his ankle. However, it is not Rogers' ankle, but a hip-flexor that has the former first rounder listed as day-to-day. Feaster doesn't expect Rogers to hit the ice at Lightning camp until sometime next week.
Overall, the GM was pleased with a number of Lightning prospects in Michigan. While no forwards currently under contract with the Lightning overtly helped their cause, Feaster singled out unsigned Owen Sound Attack (OHL) winger Marek Bartanus
for his good play.
Also highlighted for their good play were the goaltenders, Riku Helenius
and Karri Ramo
("especially Ramo"), and defensemen Vladimir Mihalik
, Matt Smaby
, and Rogers before he was injured.
Feaster also confirmed that winger Stanislav Lascek
injured his hamstring in the first game of the tournament and was sent back to Tampa for rehab.