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Prospects Page Updated

With the departure of Gerald Coleman to Anaheim's organization in the Shane O'Brien trade, we have removed Coleman from the prospects page. As a consequence, all prospects behind Coleman have moved up one spot each and we have selected winger Zbynek Hrdel to occupy the #25 spot in our rankings. Coleman is the second top-25 prospect to be traded since Bolt Prospects released it's Midterm Rankings in January, Andre Deveaux being the first.

Prospects Page Updated

As a consequence of today's trade with Atlanta which moved Bolt Prospects' #23 ranked prospect, Andre Deveaux, out of the organization, Bolt Prospects would like to announce an update of our Midterm Rankings and the prospect page. Deveaux's subtraction moves the #24 and #25 ranked prospects, Denis Kazionov and Marek Bartanus, up one slot in the rankings. Adam Henrich will now move into the top-25 at the #25 spot.

In addition, Stephen Baby's name has been added to the prospect page as an overage prospect. Baby, who turned 27 yesterday, is well over the 24 year old on opening night requirement to qualify as a regular prospect.

Kyle Wanvig, by virtue of the 51 games he played with the Minnesota Wild in 2005-2006, is considered graduated by Bolt Prospects criteria and will not be added to the prospects page. Any prospect who plays 41 or more games in a single season is considered a graduate by site rules.

Bolt Prospects 2006-2007 Midterm Rankings

Bolt Prospects would like to announce the release of its 2006-2007 Midterm Rankings for prospects in the Lightning organization. There have been multiple changes since the Preliminary Rankings we released in October, most notably a new top prospect in the organization, AHL All-Star Karri Ramo, and the graduation of top ten prospect Nick Tarnasky who played his 41st NHL game of the season just this past weekend. Multiple prospects also managed to crack the rankings for the first time by virtue of their play so far this season.

Just a quick reminder on how we differentiate between "alumni", "prospect" and "overage prospect". Any player who plays 41 games or more at the NHL level in any single season or 82 or more total career NHL games will be considered graduated and will be moved to the "Bolt Prospects Alumni" section of the prospects page. With Tarnasky's full-time promotion to the NHL and prior graduations by Doug Janik and Eric Perrin, the alumni list has now grown to six players over the span of the past year and a half since we first put up the prospects page and profile content. Any player under the age of 24 on opening night of the 2006-2007 season who hasn't met the criteria for graduation is considered a "prospect" and is elligible for our rankings. Any player 24 or older who has not yet met the criteria for graduation is considered an "overage prospect" and is not elligible to make the list. In addition, with Johan Holmqvist on track for graduation this season, we've adopted new, but similar, rules for goaltenders whereby graduation will occur upon the 30th decision of any single NHL season or the 41st career NHL decision. For anyone wondering, Holmqvist has already earned 23 decisions this season (with a 14-9-0 record).

With all the legal disclaimers out of the way, here are the 2006-2007 Bolt Prospects Midterm Rankings which can also be found on our prospects page.

Tarnasky nearing graduation...

With the NYR game, I believe Tarnasky now has 30 or 31 NHL games in a single season. Only needs about 10 more to qualify as a prospect graduate.

NHL Central Scouting Releases Preliminary Rankings

On Wednesday, the NHL's Central Scouting Service released its Preliminary Rankings for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Among those highlighting the list are top QMJHL player Angelo Esposito of the Quebec Remparts and top Russian star Alexei Cherepanov of Omsk.

Prospect Rankings Update

As a result of today's trade of prospect Darren Reid, Bolt Prospects' staff has decided to update our rankings to reflect the departure. As a consequence, a new 25th prospect had to be named, and Bolt Prospects is pleased to announce PJ Atherton has made the list for the first time in his career.

Bolt Prospects plans to release its Midterm Rankings, a full and comprehensive update, some time after the U20 World Junior Championships conclude in January.

Bolt Prospects 2006-2007 Preliminary Rankings

The Bolt Prospects staff has completed it's evaluation of the Lightning organization's prospects. The rankings take into account how the players performed last season, their Lightning prospect and Traverse City play, how well they did at Lightning training camp and in exhibition games, as well as their performance at Springfield Falcons camp and in AHL exhibition games. We also factor in a player's potential upside as well as their NHL readiness in reaching our decisions. One note: due to his age, [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] is now classified as an "Overage Prospect" by Bolt Prospects criteria and is not elligible for the Top-25 Rankings. Any player 24 years of age or older on opening night, October 5th, 2006, who has not already graduated as an NHLer is an "Overage Prospect". For skaters, graduation occurs when a player either A.) plays 41 NHL games in a single season or B.) reaches 82 NHL games in their career. With [url=johan-holmqvist]Johan Holmqvist[/url] as the Lightning's backup entering the season, Bolt Prospects is establishing graduation criteria for goaltenders for the first time. For goaltenders, graduation occurs when a player either A.) has 30 decisions in a single season or B.) reaches 41 decisions in their NHL career.


Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

1 Brett Howden Center 19 6.02 192 Syracuse (AHL)
2 Mitchell Stephens Center 20 5.11 187 Syracuse (AHL)
3 Slater Koekkoek Defense 23 6.02 188 Syracuse (AHL)
4 Adam Erne Left Wing 21 6.01 211 Syracuse (AHL)
5 Taylor Raddysh Right Wing 19 6.01 203 Erie (OHL)
6 Anthony Cirelli Center 19 6.00 165 Erie (OHL)
7 Matthew Peca Center 23 5.09 172 Syracuse (AHL)
8 Boris Katchouk Left Wing 18 6.01 190 Syracuse (AHL)
9 Mathieu Joseph Right Wing 20 6.00 168 Saint John (QMJHL)
10 Libor Hajek Defense 19 6.01 196 Syracuse (AHL)
11 Dennis Yan Left Wing 19 6.01 187 Syracuse (AHL)
12 Jake Dotchin Defense 23 6.03 222 Syracuse (AHL)
13 Erik Cernak Defense 19 6.03 221 Erie (OHL)
14 Dylan Blujus Defense 23 6.03 198 Syracuse (AHL)
15 Dominik Masin Defense 21 6.02 194 Syracuse (AHL)
16 Tanner Richard Center 24 5.11 184 Switzerland (Intl)
17 Connor Ingram Goaltender 20 6.01 194 Syracuse (AHL)
18 Ben Thomas Defense 20 6.01 192 Syracuse (AHL)
19 Ross Colton Center 20 6.00 190 University of Vermont (HEAST)
20 Christopher Paquette Center 19 6.01 174 Peterborough (OHL)
21 Matthew Spencer Defense 20 6.02 203 Peterborough (OHL)
22 Bokondji Imama Left Wing 20 6.01 214 Saint John (QMJHL)
23 Jonne Tammela Right Wing 19 5.11 185 Peterborough (OHL)
24 Daniel Walcott Defense 23 5.11 165 Syracuse (AHL)
25 Jonathan Racine Defense 23 6.02 194 Syracuse (AHL)
* = Any skater who was under 24 years of age on opening night of the Lightning's season and has played less than 41 NHL games in any single season and less than 82 career NHL games is considered a prospect. For goaltenders, any netminder who has earned less than 30 NHL decisions in any single season and less than 41 career NHL decisions and was under 24 years of age on opening night is considered a prospect. The exception to these basic rules are NCAA based players, who are considered prospects for the duration of their college careers regardless of age.

Unranked Prospects

Oleg Sosunov Defense 18 6.08 243 Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
Kris Oldham Goaltender 19 6.03 205 Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Otto Somppi Center 19 6.01 183 Halifax (QMJHL)
Ryan Zuhlsdorf Defense 19 6.00 194 Minnesota (Big Ten)
Johnathan MacLeod Defense 20 6.02 198 Boston University (HEAST)
Ryan Lohin Center 20 6.00 190 UMass-Lowell (HEAST)
Henri Ikonen Left Wing 22 5.11 188 Syracuse (AHL)
Saku Salminen Center 22 6.03 202 SaiPa (FIN)
Brian Hart Right Wing 23 6.03 215 Kalamazoo (ECHL)
Cameron Darcy Center 23 6.00 185 Kalamazoo (ECHL)

Overage Prospects

Gregg McKegg Center 24 6.00 192 Tampa Bay (NHL)
Kristers Gudlevskis Goaltender 24 6.03 205 Syracuse (AHL)
Nikita Gusev Left Wing 24 5.09 173 St. Petersburg (KHL)
Stefan Fournier Right Wing 24 6.03 225 Syracuse (AHL)
Joel Vermin Right Wing 25 5.10 187 Syracuse (AHL)
Mike Halmo Left Wing 25 5.10 209 Syracuse (AHL)
Yanni Gourde Left Wing 25 5.09 170 Syracuse (AHL)
Byron Froese Center 26 6.00 198 Syracuse (AHL)
Gabriel Dumont Center 26 5.10 181 Syracuse (AHL)
Luke Witkowski Defense 27 6.02 210 Tampa Bay (NHL)
Matt Taormina Defense 30 5.10 182 Syracuse (AHL)
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond Left Wing 31 6.02 209 Toronto (AHL)
Mike McKenna Goaltender 33 6.02 190 Syracuse (AHL)

Bolt Prospects Alumni

02/10/2017 Brayden Point Center 21 5.10 161 Tampa Bay (NHL)
11/19/2016 Andrei Vasilevskiy Goaltender 22 6.03 204 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/26/2016 Jonathan Marchessault Right Wing 25 5.09 163 Florida (NHL)
03/11/2016 Nikita Nesterov Defense 24 6.00 191 Montreal (NHL)
04/04/2015 Vladislav Namestnikov Center 24 6.00 179 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/03/2015 Jonathan Drouin Left Wing 22 5.11 191 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/31/2015 Cedric Paquette Left Wing 23 6.01 200 Tampa Bay (NHL)
04/10/2014 Andrej Sustr Defense 26 6.07 220 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/13/2014 Nikita Kucherov Right Wing 23 5.11 174 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/08/2014 Richard Panik Left Wing 26 6.01 208 Chicago (NHL)
03/01/2014 J.T. Brown Right Wing 26 5.10 170 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/27/2014 Mark Barberio Defense 27 6.01 202 Colorado (NHL)
01/13/2014 Radko Gudas Defense 26 6.00 204 Philadelphia (NHL)
01/03/2014 Alex Killorn Left Wing 27 6.01 202 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Tyler Johnson Center 26 5.10 183 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Ondrej Palat Left Wing 26 6.00 180 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/08/2013 Ben Bishop Goaltender 30 6.07 216 Los Angeles (NHL)
02/16/2013 Anders Lindback Goaltender 28 6.06 203 Rogle (SWE)
01/29/2013 Keith Aulie Defense 27 6.06 229 Stockton (AHL)
03/19/2012 Tim Wallace Right Wing 32 6.02 182 Alaska (ECHL)
02/11/2012 Brett Connolly Right Wing 24 6.02 200 Washington (NHL)
01/12/2011 Dana Tyrell Left Wing 27 5.10 188 Retired
03/12/2010 Paul Szczechura Center 30 5.10 186 Chelyabinsk (KHL)
01/08/2010 Victor Hedman Defense 26 6.06 236 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2010 Zenon Konopka Center 35 6.00 215 Retired
01/06/2010 James Wright Left Wing 26 6.04 212 Vladivostok (KHL)
11/22/2009 Steve Downie Right Wing 29 5.10 188 Unsigned
04/07/2009 Karri Ramo Goaltender 30 6.03 207 Unsigned
04/07/2009 Matt Smaby Defense 31 6.06 239 EHC Munchen (DEL)
01/12/2009 Steven Stamkos Center 27 6.00 186 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/01/2008 Mike Smith Goaltender 34 6.04 215 Arizona (NHL)
01/19/2008 Mathieu Darche Left Wing 40 6.01 210 Retired
01/03/2008 Mike Lundin Defense 31 6.02 191 Biel-Bienne (NLA)
03/01/2007 Karl Stewart Left Wing 33 5.11 185 Retired
02/09/2007 Johan Holmqvist Goaltender 38 6.01 190 Karlskrona HK (SWE)
01/13/2007 Nick Tarnasky Left Wing 34 6.02 233 San Diego (AHL)
01/04/2007 Doug Janik Defense 36 6.02 210 Retired
01/04/2007 Eric Perrin Center 40 5.09 176 TPS (FIN)
04/03/2006 Ryan Craig Center 34 6.02 220 Lake Erie (AHL)
01/24/2006 Evgeny Artyukhin Right Wing 33 6.04 254 Novosibirsk (KHL)
01/20/2006 Paul Ranger Defense 32 6.02 215 Retired

McKeen's Mock and Small Player Slippage

[url=http://mckeenshockey.rivals.com/draft.asp?Draft=52]McKeen's hockey has released their mock draft[/url] and has Swedish winger [url=http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=2045] Nicklas Bergfors[/url] falling to the Lightning's pick at #30. A tip of the hat to Johan Nilsson of [url=http://www.eliteprospects.com/]Eliteprospects.com[/url]. Bergfors, the brother of Lightning prospect Henrik Bergfors, is slated to come to North America as an import to play in the QMJHL next season. While I don't necessarily see Bergfors, the top Swedish born prospect in this draft, falling all the way to 30 this mock is far more realistic with regard to the Lightning's pick than [url=http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/3821944]FoxSport's[/url], [url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=7795]Hockeysfuture's[/url] and even [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/draft/feature.asp?fid=7065]TSN's [/url]which have the Lightning selecting D Risto Korhonen, G Alexandre Vincent and G Ondrej Pavelec respectively.

Pete's Prospects: 5-1

The final five have arrived feature two Russians, a former Stan Butler protige and two former Hitmen. A project a month in the making comes to its conclusion. Check it out:
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