Three players drafted by the Lightning last month have been placed on protected lists for USHL clubs.
Sunday, July 1 was a USA Hockey roster cut down date and USHL teams, which had been carrying 30-man active rosters at the time, had to cut down to 25 players. USHL teams will be allowed to carry 25 players until the final reduction date of September 30 when they have to drop down to their 23-man active roster.
Lightning draftees protected by USHL teams include:
Luca Cunti  -- Chicago Steel
Cunti, a 3rd round pick of the Lightning, is still considering which college hockey program to attend next year. At last word, he was choosing between St. Cloud State and Clarkson. Cunti was passed over in the CHL Import Draft, so the option of going to Canada for juniors is no longer available. Cunti could indeed play in the USHL next season, then turn pro or go to college. Chicago added Cunti to their protected list after the USHL draft in May. They finished last in the East Division last season.
Alexander Killorn  -- Omaha Lancers
Killorn, also a 3rd round pick of the Lightning, was protected by Omaha, who drafted the center in the 11th round of the 2007 USHL draft. Killorn, who has verbally committed to Harvard University for the 2008 season, has previously stated he will remain at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts until he attends Harvard. Omaha won the West Division last season.
Matt Marshall  -- Waterloo Black Hawks
Marshall, a 5th round pick of the Lightning, was protected by Waterloo, who won the East Division last year in the USHL. Waterloo selected Marshall in the 8th round of May's USHL draft, however, all indications from Marshall are he will remain playing high school hockey at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts until he attends the University of Vermont in 2008.