According to the Hampton Roads Daily Press, former Johnstown Chiefs head coach Frank Anzalone has been named "Development Coach" for the Norfolk Admirals. Anzalone spent the last two seasons tutoring the Lightning's prospects at the ECHL level and has a reputation for being a strong teaching coach.
Also in the article, Admirals GM and Lightning Assistant GM Claude Loiselle singles our Justin Keller, Marek Kvapil, and free agent tryout Justin Taylor for praise. Taylor, a 24 year old 6'4" 210 lbs center, spent the past three seasons with Omaha and Lowell in the AHL. Last season with the Ak Sar Ben Knights he registered 8 goals and 20 points in 51 games with 20 penalty minutes.
The Mississippi Sea Wolves have signed right wing Justin Cross and defenseman Pat Oliveto. Cross, 25, played 73 games for Kalamazoo of the UHL last season, scoring 26 goals and 55 points with 28 penalty minutes. The 5'10" 185 lbs forward is entering his second season of professional hockey. Oliveto, 23, received a 7 game amateur tryout last season with Reading of the ECHL where he had 1 assist and two penalty minutes.
Both players are alumni of Niagara University of the Division I CHA. Cross' best college season came in 2003-2004 as a sophomore when he scored 12 goals and 29 points in 34 games with 14 penalty minutes. Oliveto posted his best college season last year as a senior with 2 goals, 21 points, and 26 penalty minutes in 36 games.
The Mississippi Sea Wolves have announced the signing of enforcer Bill Kinkel. The 23 year old left winger split last season between Florida and Utah of the ECHL scoring 6 goals and adding 167 penalty minutes in 47 games. Originally a 9th round pick of the New Jersey Devils in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Kinkel has one full season of AHL experience on his resume having played 56 games for Houston in 2005-2006 scoring 3 goals, 6 points, and racking up 190 penalty minutes. The 6'5" 239 lbs. forward played his junior hockey for Kitchener and Kingston of the OHL. His career season came in his final year of junior in 2003-2004 for the Frontenacs when he had 12 goals and 23 points with 174 penalty minutes in 62 games.
The Mississippi Sea Wolves have announced the signing of veteran fan favorite Travis Lisabeth. The 27 year old left winger played four seasons for the Sea Wolves before spending the last two with Edinburgh of the British EIHL and Columbus of the ECHL in 2005-2006 and Phoenix, Pensacola, and Cincinnati of the ECHL last season. The 6'0" 200 lbs forward scored 20 goals and 51 points in 60 games last season with 85 penalty minutes. Lisabeth's career season came in 2004-2005 with Mississippi when he scored 26 goals and 59 points in 70 games. He played his four year junior hockey career for Kitchener and Kingston of the OHL.
August 15th came and went quietly, and the Lightning did not sign prospect defenseman PJ Atherton. Despite scoring 5 goals and 29 points in 57 games as a rookie with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL, Atherton was a casualty of the Lightning's overwhelming defensive depth in the minor league system signed over the course of the summer.
With the Lightning losing Atherton's rights, he will be removed from the Top-20 on the prospect page. In his place, enforcer Brandon Elliot will be temporarily moved into the Top-20. Just a note to those wondering when the '07 draftees will be added to the rankings: Bolt Prospects policy is to wait until after the Traverse City prospect tournament and Lightning training camp before placing new draftees into the rankings. This allows new players to prove themselves in a competitive environment against their peers in the organization and allows for a more accurate set of rankings to be generated. Typically, Bolt Prospects has released its Preliminary Rankings around the first or second week of October, so expect an update containing the 2007 draftees to be published then.