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Pete's Rankings: Honorable Mentions

We're closing in on the Memorial Cup tournament in which four Lightning junior prospects will compete for the CHL's junior prize. The tournament not only represents the highest stakes in all of Canadian junior hockey, but it will also represent the end of another Lightning prospect season. With that in mind I began over the weekend to blog my rankings of the Lightning's best prospects beginning with the team's Top-5 Overage Prospects. When the Memorial Cup concludes I will begin, 5 prospects at a time, to count down my Lightning Top-25 prospects, but today I want to focus on five players who didn't quite make the cut but who are still worthy of mention. Without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are the Honorable Mentions for the Lightning's Top-25 Prospects:

Pete's Rankings: Overage Prospects

Over the next few weeks, as we come to finale of the prospect season with the Memorial Cup which will feature four of the organization's prospects, I will be blogging my own organizational rankings 5 prospects at a time beginning today with the overagers. By the time it is complete, I will be releasing my Top-5 Overage Lightning Prospects, my Top-25 Lightning prospects along with some Honorable Mentions who missed the cut. So lets begin... First off, what is an "Overage Prospect"? For the sake of these rankings I am counting any prospect who will be 24 years of age or older by the start of next season who has played less than a half a season (41 games) at the NHL level. These are older players, mostly playing in Europe, who I feel could step in immediately and provide utility for the Lightning organization either at the NHL or AHL level. With many of them, because they play in Europe, money is an issue in signing these prospects as they are already handsomely compensated overseas for being some of the best in their respective nation's club leagues, so it's not feasible to sign all of them. Still, if you're looking for some immediate impact, these are the Lightning's Top-5 Overage Prospects:

Draft History

[b][size=16]Tampa Bay Lightning Draft History[/size][/b] [CSV][b]2006 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b], [b]G(W)/ [/b],[b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,15,G,Riku Helenius,Ilves Jr A (FIN Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,78,D,Kevin Quick,Salisbury (USHS), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,168,D,Dane Crowley,Swift Current (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,198,LW,Denis Kazionov,Tver (RUS), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]2005 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/ [/b],[b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,30,D,Vladimir Mihalik,Presov (SVK2), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,73,LW,Radek Smolenak,Kingston (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,89,C/LW,Chris Lawrence,Sault Ste Marie (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 4,92,RW,Marek Bartanus,Kosice J20(SVK Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 4,102,C,Blair Jones,Moose Jaw (WHL), 20, 1, 2, 3 5,133,LW,Stanislav Lascek,Chicoutimi (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,163,RW,Marek Kvapil,Saginaw (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,165,G,Kevin Beech,Sudbury (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,225,D,John Wessbecker,Blake (USHS), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]2004 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b], [b]G(W)/[/b],[b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,30,D,Andy Rogers,Calgary (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 2,65,LW,Mark Tobin,Rimouski (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 4,102,D,Mike Lundin,Maine (HEast), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,158,D/RW,Brandon Elliot,Mississauga (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,163,C,Dustin Collins,Northern Michigan (CCHA), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,188,D,Jan Zapletal,Vsetin J20 (CZE Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,191,G,Karri Ramo,Lahti A (FIN Jr), 2, 0, 0, 0 8,245,LW,Justin Keller,Kelowna (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]2003 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)/[/b] 2,34,D,Mike Egener,Calgary (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 2,41,D,Matt Smaby,Shattuck (USHS), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,96,G,Jonathan Boutin,Halifax (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,192,D,Doug O'Brien,Hull (QMJHL), 5, 0, 0, 0 7,224,G,Gerald Coleman,London (OHL), 2, 0, 0, 1 7,227,D,Jay Rosehill,Olds (AJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,255,RW,Raimonds Danilics,Daugavpils Jr(LAT Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,256,D,Brady Greco,Chicago (USHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,273,LW,Albert Vishnyakov,Kazan (RUS), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,286,C/LW,Zbynek Hrdel,Rimouski (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,287,C,Nick Tarnasky,Lethbridge (WHL), 89, 5, 5, 10 [/CSV] [CSV][b]2002 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b], [b]G(W)/[/b],[b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 2,60,LW/C,Adam Henrich,Brampton (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 4,100,C/LW,Dimitry Kazionov,Togliatti 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,135,G,Joseph Pearce,New Hampshire (EJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,162,D,Gerard Dicaire,Kootenay (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,170,D,PJ Atherton,Cedar Rapids (USHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,174,C,Karri Akkanen,Ilves A (FIN Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,183,D,Paul Ranger,Oshawa (OHL), 148, 5, 41, 46 7,213,G,Fredrik Norrena,TPS (FIN), 55, 24, 23, 3 8,233,G,Vasily Koshechkin,Togliatti 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,255,C/LW,Ryan Craig,Brandon (WHL), 120, 29, 26, 55 8,256,RW,Darren Reid,Medicine Hat (WHL), 21, 0, 1, 1 9,286,C,Alexei Glukhov,Voskresensk 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,287,C,John Toffey,Ohio State (CCHA), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]2001 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,3,C,Alexander Svitov,Omsk (RUS), 179, 13, 24, 37 2,47,LW/C,Alexander Polushin,CSKA (RUS2), 0, 0, 0, 0 2,61,D,Andreas Holmqvist,Hammarby (SWE2), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,94,RW,Evgeny Artyukhin,Podolsk (RUS2), 72, 4, 13, 17 4,123,RW,Aaron Lobb,London (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,138,D,Paul Lynch,Valley (EJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,188,D,Arthur Femenella,Sioux City (USHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,219,LW,Dennis Packard,Harvard (ECAC), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,222,D,Jeremy Van Hoof,Ottawa (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,252,C/LW,Jean-Francois Soucy,Montreal (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,259,LW,Dimitry Bezrukov,Nizhnekamsk (RUS), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,261,C,Vitali Smolianinov,Nizhenekamsk 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,281,RW,Ilya Solarev,Perm 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,289,D,Henrik Bergfors,Sodertalje J20 (SWE Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]2000 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,8,LW,Nikita Alexeev,Erie (OHL), 159, 20, 17, 37 2,34,C/LW,Ruslan Zainullin,Kazan (RUS), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,81,RW, Alexander Kharitonov,Dynamo (RUS), 71, 7, 15, 22 4,126,C/LW,Johan Hagglund, MODO J20 (SWE Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,161,RW,Pavel Sedov,Voskresensk 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,191,D,Aaron Gionet,Kamloops (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,222,D,Marek Priechodsky,Bratislava B (SVK2), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,226,G,Brian Eklund,Brown (ECAC), 1, 0, 1, 0 8,233,G,Alexander Polukeyev,St Petersburg 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,263,C,Thomas Ziegler,Ambri-Piotta (SUI), 5, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1999 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b], [b]G(W)/[/b],[b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 2,47,RW,Sheldon Keefe,Barrie (OHL), 125, 12, 12, 24 3,67,G,Evgeny Konstantinov,Kazan 2 (RUS3), 1, 0, 0, 0 3,75,D,Brett Scheffelmaier,Medicine Hat (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,88,LW,Jimmie Olvestad,Djurgardens (SWE), 111, 3, 14, 17 5,127,D,Kaspars Astashenko,Cincinnatti (IHL), 23, 1, 2, 3 5,148,G,Michal Lanicek,Slavia Praha J20 (CZE Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,182,C,Fedor Fedorov,Port Huron (UHL), 18, 0, 2, 2 7,187,LW,Ivan Rachunek,Zlin J20 (CZE Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,216,LW,Erikki Rajamaki,HIFK (FIN), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,244,D,Mikko Kuparinen,HPK (FIN), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1998 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,1,C,Vincent Lecavalier,Rimouski (QMJHL), 629, 233, 277, 510 3,64,C/LW,Brad Richards,Rimouski (QMJHL), 490, 132, 306, 438 3,72,RW,Dimitry Afanasenkov,Yaroslavl (RUS2), 227, 27, 27, 54 4,92,LW,Eric Beaudoin,Guelph (OHL), 53, 3, 8, 11 5,121,D,Curtis Rich,Calgary (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,146,C/LW,Sergei Kuznetsov,Yaroslavl (RUS2), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,174,LW,Brett Allan,Swift Current (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,194,RW,Oak Hewer,Sault Ste Marie (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,221,D,Dan Hulak,Swift Current (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,229,D,Chris Lyness,Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,252,C/LW,Martin Cibak,Liptovsky Mikulas (SVK), 154, 5, 18, 23 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1997 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,7,D,Paul Mara,Sudbury (OHL), 502, 57, 144, 201 2,33,D,Kyle Kos,Red Deer (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,61,RW,Matt Elich,Windsor (OHL), 16, 1, 1, 2 5,108,D,Mark Thompson,Regina (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,109,C,Jan Sulc,Livinov U20 (CZE Jr), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,112,D,Karel Betik,Kelowna (WHL), 3, 0, 2, 2 6,153,D,Andrei Skopintsev,TPS (FIN), 40, 2, 4, 6 7,168,D,Justin Jack,Kelowna (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,170,RW,Eero Somervuori,Jokerit (FIN), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,185,RW,Samuel St. Pierre, Victoriaville (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,198,D,Shawn Skolney,Seattle (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,224,C,Paul Comrie,Denver (WCHA), 15, 1, 2, 3 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1996 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,16,D,Mario Larocque,Hull (QMJHL), 5, 0, 0, 0 3,69,RW,Curtis Tipler,Regina (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,125,D,Jason Robinson,Niagra Falls (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,152,D,Nikolai Ignatov,CSKA 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,157,C,Xavier Delisle,Granby (QMJHL), 16, 3, 2, 5 7,179,D,Pavel Kubina,Vitkovice (CZE), 592, 72, 158, 230 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1995 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,5,C,Daymond Langkow,Tri-City (WHL), 788, 194, 296, 490 2,30,D,Mike McBain,Red Deer (WHL), 64, 0, 7, 7 3,56,RW,Shane Willis,Prince Albert (WHL), 174, 31, 43, 74 5,108,C,Konstantin Golokhvastov,Dynamo 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,134,C,Eduard Pershin,Dynamo 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,160,D,Cory Murphy,Sault Ste Marie (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,186,LW,Joe Cardarelli,Spokane (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,212,G,Zac Bierk,Peterborough (OHL), 47, 9, 20, 5 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1994 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,8,LW/C,Jason Wiemer,Portland (WHL), 726, 90, 112, 202 2,34,C,Colin Cloutier,Brandon (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 3,55,C,Vadim Epanchintsev,Spartak (RUS), 0, 0, 0, 0 4,86,LW,Dimitri Klevakin,Spartak (RUS), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,137,F,Dan Juden,Massachussetts (HEast), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,138,D,Bryce Salvador,Lethbridge (WHL), 391, 15, 37, 52 7,164,D,Chris Maillet,Red Deer (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,190,D,Alexei Baranov,Dynamo 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,216,RW,Yuri Smirnov,Spartak 2 (RUS3), 0, 0, 0, 0 10,242,RW,Shawn Gervais,Seattle (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 11,268,D,Brian White,Maine (HEast), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1994 Supplemental Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,8,D,Francois Bouchard,Northeastern (HEast), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1993 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,3,C,Chris Gratton,Kingston (OHL), 1008, 204, 340, 544 2,29,G,Tyler Moss,Kingston (OHL), 29, 6, 16, 1 3,55,C,Allan Egeland,Tacoma (WHL), 17, 0, 0, 0 4,81,RW,Marian Kacir,Owen Sound (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 5,107,D,Ryan Brown,Swift Current (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 6,133,LW,Kiley Hill,Sault Ste Marie (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,159,D,Mathieu Raby,Victoriaville (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 8,185,LW,Ryan Nauss,Peterborough (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,211,D,Alexandre LaPorte,Victoriaville (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 10,237,D,Brett Duncan,Seattle (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 11,263,LW,Brett Szoke,Lethbridge (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1993 Supplemental Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,3,LW,Brent Peterson,Michigan Tech (WCHA), 56, 9, 1, 10 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1992 Entry Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,1,D,Roman Hamrlik,Zlin (CZE), 999, 131, 374, 505 2,26,D,Drew Bannister,Sault Ste Marie (OHL), 164, 5, 25, 30 3,49,C,Brett Gretzky,Belleville (OHL), 13, 1, 3, 4 4,74,C,Aaron Gavey,Sault Ste Marie (OHL), 360, 41, 50, 91 5,97,RW,Brantt Mhyres,Lethbridge (WHL), 154, 6, 2, 8 6,122,C,Martin Tanguay,Verdun (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 7,145,G,Derek Wilkinson,Detroit (OHL), 22, 3, 12, 3 8,170,LW,Dennis Maxwell,Niagra Falls (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 9,193,D,Andrew Kemper,Seattle (WHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 10,218,LW,Marc Tardif,Shawinigan (QMJHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 11,241,F,Tom MacDonald,Sault Ste Marie (OHL), 0, 0, 0, 0 [/CSV] [CSV][b]1992 Supplemental Draft[/b] [b]ROUND[/b],[b]NO. OVERALL[/b],[b]POSITION[/b],[b]NAME[/b],[b]CLUB[/b],[b]NHL GP/[/b],[b]G(W)/[/b], [b]A(L)/[/b],[b]P(T)[/b] 1,1,D,Cory Cross,Alberta (CIAU), 659, 34, 97, 131 [/CSV] [i]* Statistics as of the conclusion of the 2006/2007 NHL season. Statistics include regular season games only.[/i]
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