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Juniors Game Night: 12-31-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/27 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 12-28-40, +26, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads got goals from four players and Somppi (pictured) notched a pair of assists on 2nd period goals from Jake Ryczek (CHI, 2016 7th round pick) and Patrick Kyte (undrafted). Somppi, who earned Third Star honors, has already eclipsed his assist totals from last season and is one point off his career points in just half the games. He's on pace for an 80-point campaign, and his +26 rating leads all players in the Q, and his 28 assists ties him for 2nd in league. And while he does benefit from linemate Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), he is 1-3-4 in 3 games with Zadina off with the Czech Republic team at the 2018 WJCs.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Colts netminder Leo Lazarev turned away 47 Owen Sound shots, backstopping Barrie to its 6th straight win. Lipanov wasn’t in the lineup for the Colts, and not sure if he was a healthy scratch or if he was injured in Owen Sound last night. Barrie’s offense was paced by Aidan Brown (undrafted), who notched two goals, while Nick Suzuki (VGK, 2017 1st round pick) was the lone goal scorer to solve Lazarev.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), Cal Foote (Kelowna), and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 7-10-17, +29, 38 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The high-octane Warriors offense continues en fuego coming back from the holiday, as Moose Jaw fires 44 shots and scores 6 goals on the backside of the home-and-home with the Wheat Kings. The WHL goal, assist and point leaders Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) and Brayden Burke (undrafted) were at it again, with Halbgewachs turning out a two-goal, five-point night, and Burke with a goal and three-points. Tristin Langen (undrafted) also netted two goals for the Warriors.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Sioux City Muskateers 2 (0T1)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 0-10-10, +12, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on a 1st period Lancers goal by Mathieu De St. Phalle (Wiconsin commit) goal, but the Musketeers would knot that game in the 3rd and then win it 1:35 into the extra frame..

Juniors Game Night: 12-30-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/12 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 12-26-38, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) notched two power play points, a goal and an assist, in the Mooseheads’ 5-2 win over the Screaming Eagles. Alexi Gravel (2018 draft eligible) made 29 saves and Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) scored twice.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3 (SO)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/5 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Colts scored twice in the 3rd to rally from a 3-1 deficit at the second intermission to force overtime and the eventual shootout. Ben Hawerchuk (undrafted) scored in the shootout to go along with his regulation goal and assist to pace Barrie to victory. Lipanov remains pointless since being cut from the Russian WJC pre-tournament selection camp.

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/6 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 10-4-14, -18, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes finally get the monkey off their back, but not without a bit of drama, finally breaking their winless streak behind Pavel Gogolev’s (2018 draft eligible) hat trick. Gogolev opened the scoring just 18 seconds into the game, and would then break a 1-1 tie 6:34 into 2nd with his second of the game. That’s when Ottawa’s Tye Felhaber (undrafted) would notch a natural hat trick in the space of 4:22 of the 2nd period to propel the 67’s to a 4-1 lead, and it certainly looked like more of the recent woes for Peterborough. But, the Petes hunkered down in the 3rd, scoring three unanswered starting with Gogolev’s third of the game.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), Cal Foote (Kelowna), and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 7-10-17, +30, 38 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

A game removed from pasting up a snowman on the scoreboard, the Warriors put up the touchdown against the Wheat Kings as Ryan Peckford (2018 draft eligible) scored twice and added an assist for Moose Jaw, and Brayden Burke (undrafted) scored and added three assists of his own. Moose Jaw has now won 80% of their 38 games thus far this season, going 29-6-1-2 as the top team in the WHL, and is on a 8-1-0-1 run in their last 10 games.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (SO)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Cole Gallant (uncommitted) knotted the game at 3-3 with about 3 minutes left in regulation for the Lancers to send the match to overtime and the eventual shootout. Perbix failed to convert in the shootout, but Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) finally solved WJAC Team USA U19 goalie Ryan Bischel (Clarkson commit) as the eighth shooter to earn the extra point for Omaha.

Offseason Prospect Rankings

Now that the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and Lightning prospect development camp are in the past, it's time to update BoltProspects' prospect rankings. Usually we do the introductions to these rankings in a fairly formulaic fashion, with a quick overview of the general inertia of the prospect pipeline since our last rankings update followed by the usual legalese about our ranking eligibility rules. This time around, I'd like to take a step back, though, and address a couple of things that have come up in the last month or so. You can call this clearing the air, venting, keeping it real, whatever you like...

Issue number one is the trade of Jonathan Drouin, a former prospect whose athletic gifts we obviously had a lot of respect for on the website. Because of that respect of Drouin, the talent, we were really swept up in a maelstrom of bomb throwing and hyperbole by different factions in the fan base that just didn't represent the more mature, nuanced position we have on the trade. To put it bluntly, there were so many people on my Twitter mentions acting the fool that day, you'd have thought I died and moved to a market like Toronto or Montreal where BS and hype erupt into the hockey world en masse through some rip in common sense and the time space continuum, alike.

Bolts Announce Rookie Tourney in Coral Springs

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will participate in a four-team rookie tournament at the Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Florida from Saturday, September 17 through Tuesday, September 20, the team announced today. The event is free and open to the public.

Also participating in the tournament will be the Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and the Washington Capitals. Tampa Bay’s roster will be announced at a later date but will feature some of the top young talent in the organization’s system. The annual tournament was hosted by the Lightning last year at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.

Cristiano DiGiacinto

What ever happened to Cristiano DiGiacinto? Is he no longer a Bolts propsect?

Bolts Announce Development Camp Roster and Schedule

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the schedule and roster for the team’s annual Development Camp, to be held from June 28 through July 2 at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. The roster currently consists of a total of 33 players: 21 forwards, eight defensemen and four goaltenders. The camp is free and open to the public.

The camp will feature some of the Lightning’s top prospects competing in on- and off-ice workouts, skating drills and will culminate with the annual 3-on-3 tournament on Friday and Saturday.

In attendance will be nine of the Lightning’s 10 draft picks from this past weekend’s NHL Draft in Buffalo, New York, including first-round pick Brett Howden, as well as second-round selections Libor Hajek, Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh. They join a roster which also includes highly-touted prospects Adam Erne (2nd Round, 2013), Brayden Point (3rd Round, 2014), Mitchell Stephens (2nd Round, 2015), Dominik Masin (2nd Round, 2014) and more.

Prospects Development Camp Starts Wednesday

Here's the two groupings for the Tampa Bay Prospect Development Camp that starts Wednesday, July 3 and continues through the weekend.

Group A
Forwards (8): DiGiacinto, Drouin, Erne, Point, Richard, Salminen, Smith, Vermin
Defense (5): Blujus, Curran, MacLeod, Renouf, Thomas
Goaltending (2): Vasilevsky, Witt

Group B
Forwards (7): Costello, Darcy, Hart, Ikonen, Maclise, O'Donnell, Robinson
Defense (6): DeAngelo, Dotchin, Koekkoek, Masin, Milan
Goaltending (2): Gudlevskis, Wilcox

Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Final/Supplemental Rankings

The golden age of the Lightning farm system continues. Despite the Syracuse Crunch's loss in the AHL's Calder Cup Finals, the Lightning organization can still boast arguably the finest prospect depth in the NHL. That depth is further bolstered by a 2013 NHL Entry Draft that saw the Lightning add a potential franchise player and also a player who was ranked by several scouting services in their top 15 prospects in the draft class. As of right now, it truly appears the Lightning may be set for a generation at the forward and goaltending positions. And, while there's still much work to be done on defense, it's no exaggeration to say the future has never been brighter. Indeed, Hockey Prospectus has even gone so far as to name the Lightning the top prospect system in the league, which is a true feather in the cap of an organization that was universally panned by the hockey media for player development just a half decade ago.

Bolt Prospects' 2013-2014 Final/Supplemental Rankings follow our websites rules for eligibility for prospects. Players 24 years or older on opening night of the Lightning's season (or what was supposed to be opening night prior to its cancellation due to the NHL lockout, in the case of this season) are considered overage prospects and are not eligible for the rankings. For that reason, a prospect like Riku Helenius isn't in the list. Additionally, skating prospects that have appeared in 41 NHL games in a single season or 82 career NHL games are no longer eligible for the list, which is why Brett Connolly is considered graduated and no longer in the rankings. For goaltenders, the bar is a little lower with 30 NHL decisions in a single season necessary for graduation and 41 NHL decisions in a career being the threshold to become a Bolt Prospects Alumni. Finally, all NCAA-based players remain eligible for the rankings regardless of age for the full duration of their college careers. There will be a quiz later.

Until then, please enjoy Bolt Prospects' 2013-2014 Final/Supplemental Rankings...

Bolts Hold Six Picks in 2013 NHL Draft

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning hold six selections in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Sunday, June 30, including the third overall pick. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lightning are scheduled to make their first selection with the third overall pick and then select in the second round (33rd overall), fifth round (124th overall), sixth round (154th overall) and the seventh round (184th and 186th overall). The Lightning traded their third round selection last summer to acquire goaltender Anders Lindback and traded their 2013 fourth round selection last summer to acquire forward B.J. Crombeen. The Lightning acquired a 2013 seventh round (186th overall) pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron on April 2, 2013.

Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings

We're now almost two months deep into the second NHL lockout in less than a decade. As difficult as it is to remember, though, hockey goes on. It goes on in small junior rinks in Canada and on campuses throughout the U.S. It goes on in the sporting halls of Sweden and Russia. And, it goes on in Syracuse, New York, where players on the cusp of making the highest level of hockey in the world patiently await the mere chance to make their case to play in the NHL. For those players, and in spite the cynical greed of the NHL's business wing, Bolt Prospects presents its 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings.

We delayed the release of the rankings a few weeks when optimism ran high that hockey would be back after Thanksgiving, believing that perhaps an NHL training camp was in the cards for some of our prospects. But with the breakdown of talks between the commissioner and the NHLPA, it looks like a Lightning camp is far from imminent. So, we press forward, in spite of the setback.

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