Rankings

Event tag that describes a prospect being ranked by this site or some other source

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.

Prospects

Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

NO. PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
1 Andrei Vasilevskiy Goaltender 20 6.03 204 Tampa Bay (NHL)
2 Anthony DeAngelo Defense 19 5.11 168 Syracuse (AHL)
3 Slater Koekkoek Defense 21 6.02 188 Syracuse (AHL)
4 Adam Erne Left Wing 20 6.01 211 Syracuse (AHL)
5 Nikita Nesterov Defense 22 6.00 191 Tampa Bay (NHL)
6 Mitchell Stephens Center 18 5.11 187 Saginaw (OHL)
7 Brayden Point Center 19 5.10 161 Moose Jaw (WHL)
8 Matthew Peca Center 22 5.09 172 Syracuse (AHL)
9 Jonathan Marchessault Left Wing 24 5.09 163 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10 Dennis Yan Left Wing 18 6.01 187 Shawinigan (QMJHL)
11 Nikita Gusev Left Wing 23 5.09 173 Khanty-Mansiysk (KHL)
12 Matthew Spencer Defense 18 6.02 203 Peterborough (OHL)
13 Kristers Gudlevskis Goaltender 22 6.03 205 Syracuse (AHL)
14 Adam Wilcox Goaltender 22 6.00 183 Syracuse (AHL)
15 Dominik Masin Defense 19 6.02 194 Peterborough (OHL)
16 Yanni Gourde Left Wing 23 5.09 170 Syracuse (AHL)
17 Johnathan MacLeod Defense 19 6.02 198 Boston University (HEAST)
18 Tanner Richard Center 22 5.11 184 Syracuse (AHL)
19 Dylan Blujus Defense 21 6.03 198 Syracuse (AHL)
20 Daniel Walcott Defense 21 5.11 165 Hartford (AHL)
21 Anthony Cirelli Center 18 6.00 165 Oshawa (OHL)
22 Jonne Tammela Right Wing 17 5.11 185 KalPa (FIN)
23 Jake Dotchin Defense 21 6.03 222 Syracuse (AHL)
24 Henri Ikonen Left Wing 21 5.11 188 Syracuse (AHL)
25 Joel Vermin Right Wing 23 5.10 187 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

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Bokondji Imama Left Wing 18 6.01 214 Saint John (QMJHL)
Kris Oldham Goaltender 18 6.03 205 Omaha (USHL)
Mathieu Joseph Right Wing 18 6.00 168 Saint John (QMJHL)
Ryan Zuhlsdorf Defense 18 6.00 194 Sioux City (USHL)
Ben Thomas Defense 19 6.01 192 Calgary (WHL)
Cristiano DiGiacinto Right Wing 19 5.11 185 Windsor (OHL)
Saku Salminen Center 20 6.03 202 HPK (FIN)
Brian Hart Right Wing 21 6.03 215 Syracuse (AHL)
Cameron Darcy Center 21 6.00 185 Syracuse (AHL)
David Broll Left Wing 22 6.02 220 Syracuse (AHL)
Brendan O'Donnell Left Wing 23 6.00 188 North Dakota (WCHA)
Jimmy Mullin Right Wing 23 5.11 188 Minnesota State (WCHA)

Overage Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Carter Ashton Right Wing 24 6.03 216 Nizhny Novgorod (KHL)
Philippe Paradis Left Wing 24 6.02 205 Syracuse (AHL)
Luke Witkowski Defense 25 6.02 210 Tampa Bay (NHL)
Matt Taormina Defense 28 5.10 182 Syracuse (AHL)
Mike Angelidis Center 30 6.01 210 Syracuse (AHL)

Defected Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Denis Kazionov Left Wing 27 6.02 192 HK Sochi (KHL)
Jan Zapletal Defense 28 6.01 183 Retired
Albert Vishnyakov Left Wing 31 6.02 187 Unknown
Alexei Glukhov Left Wing 31 6.04 214 Omsk (KHL)
Dmitri Kazionov Center 31 6.03 194 HK Sochi (KHL)
Vitali Smolianinov Center 31 6.03 236 Karaganda (KAZ)
Alexander Polushin Right Wing 32 6.03 212 Retired
Ilya Solarev Center 32 6.03 198 Unknown
Vasily Koshechkin Goaltender 32 6.07 231 Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Pavel Sedov Right Wing 33 6.03 205 Unknown
Anton But Left Wing 34 6.02 201 Unknown
Dmitri Bezrukov Right Wing 37 6.03 196 Retired

Bolt Prospects Alumni

GRAD DATE PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
04/04/2015 Vladislav Namestnikov Center 22 6.00 179 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/03/2015 Jonathan Drouin Left Wing 20 5.11 191 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/31/2015 Cedric Paquette Right Wing 21 6.01 200 Tampa Bay (NHL)
04/10/2014 Andrej Sustr Defense 24 6.08 225 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/13/2014 Nikita Kucherov Right Wing 22 5.11 174 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/08/2014 Richard Panik Left Wing 23 6.01 208 Toronto (NHL)
03/01/2014 J.T. Brown Right Wing 25 5.10 170 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/27/2014 Mark Barberio Defense 25 6.01 202 Unknown
01/13/2014 Radko Gudas Defense 24 6.00 204 Philadelphia (NHL)
01/03/2014 Alex Killorn Left Wing 25 6.01 202 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Tyler Johnson Center 24 5.10 183 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Ondrej Palat Left Wing 24 6.00 180 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/08/2013 Ben Bishop Goaltender 28 6.07 216 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/16/2013 Anders Lindback Goaltender 27 6.06 203 Buffalo (NHL)
01/29/2013 Keith Aulie Defense 25 6.06 229 Edmonton (NHL)
03/19/2012 Tim Wallace Right Wing 30 6.02 182 Brynas (SEL)
02/11/2012 Brett Connolly Right Wing 22 6.02 200 Boston (NHL)
01/12/2011 Dana Tyrell Left Wing 25 5.10 188 Springfield (AHL)
03/12/2010 Paul Szczechura Center 28 5.10 186 Minsk (KHL)
01/08/2010 Victor Hedman Defense 24 6.06 236 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2010 Zenon Konopka Center 33 6.00 215 Unknown
01/06/2010 James Wright Left Wing 24 6.04 212 Zagreb (KHL)
11/22/2009 Steve Downie Right Wing 27 5.10 188 Pittsburgh (NHL)
04/07/2009 Karri Ramo Goaltender 28 6.03 207 Calgary (NHL)
04/07/2009 Matt Smaby Defense 30 6.06 239 EHC Munchen (DEL)
01/12/2009 Steven Stamkos Center 25 6.00 186 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/01/2008 Mike Smith Goaltender 32 6.04 215 Arizona (NHL)
01/19/2008 Mathieu Darche Left Wing 38 6.01 210 Retired
01/03/2008 Mike Lundin Defense 30 6.02 191 Astana (KHL)
03/01/2007 Karl Stewart Left Wing 30 5.11 185 Straubing (DEL)
02/09/2007 Johan Holmqvist Goaltender 36 6.01 190 Almtuna (SEL-2)
01/13/2007 Nick Tarnasky Left Wing 32 6.02 233 Hartford (AHL)
01/04/2007 Doug Janik Defense 34 6.02 210 Caltern/Caldaro (ITL)
01/04/2007 Eric Perrin Center 36 5.09 176 JYP (SM-liiga)
04/03/2006 Ryan Craig Center 32 6.02 220 Springfield (AHL)
01/24/2006 Evgeny Artyukhin Right Wing 31 6.04 254 CSKA Moskva (KHL)
01/20/2006 Paul Ranger Defense 30 6.02 215 Geneve (NLA)

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:

Pete's Rankings: 10-6

The top ten of my rankings has finally arrived. A former ECAC goaltender, the Springfield Falcons' leading scorer and three oustanding young blueliners make the cut. More after the break:

Pete's Rankings: 15-11

Two young goaltenders, two tough as nails former WHLers and a former teammate of phenom Sidney Crosby comprise prospects 15-11. Check them out:

Pete's Rankings: 20-16

Prospects 20-16 feature a disappointing former 2nd round pick, three young forwards and the first goaltender to be revealed in the Lightning's Top-25. Check it out:
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