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Bolt Prospects 2008-2009 Midterm Prospect Rankings

With about a month to go in the regular season over in Europe, and a little over a couple of months left to go in North America, the 2008-2009 season has turned out to be a good one for the prospects of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Asked to buoy the Lightning's sagging playoff hopes and to compensate for a spate of injuries on the top club's blueline, the team's youth has served admirably and done their part to help right the ship for Head Coach Rick Tocchet's club. Heading into the stretch run of the season, it looks like the youth in the Lightning organization may be priming for a big finish, capping a 2008-2009 season that in many ways has been a validation of the work that's been done by the club's scouts and developmental people, past and present.

BoltProspects 2008-2009 Preliminary Rankings Report

Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Preliminary Prospect Rankings for the 2008-2009 season. Eight prospects make their debut in the Top 25 since the end of the 2007-2008 season. Half of the debutantes enter the list via the 2008 NHL Entry Draft including the #1 overall pick. The other half enter the list via various trades and acquisitions made by the new Lightning ownership.

Just a reminder of the rules: a prospect is any player under the age of 24 on opening night of the Lightning’s NHL season that has not played 41 or more games in an NHL season or more than 82 games in their NHL career. For goaltenders, the games thresholds are slightly different. Netminders will be considered prospects if they have not achieved 30 or more decisions in an NHL season or 41 decisions in their NHL careers. In addition, all college players will be considered prospects, regardless of their age, until they graduate. Players over the age of 24 on opening night that have not graduated are considered overage prospects.

With all the legal disclaimers out of the way, lets begin:

1. C Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay (NHL)

Despite a slow start to his rookie campaign, Stamkos remains the clear consensus choice as the Lightning's top prospect. It's only a matter of time before Stamkos, with his world class speed and shot, becomes one of the game's elite forwards. We just hope the Lightning can finally figure out the right linemates and role to put Stamkos in a position to succeed.

Punchless Bolts Drop TC Opener 1-0

The Lightning prospects turned in an impressive defensive effort but drop their first game 1-0 to the Thrasher prospects in the opening match of the Traverse City Prospect Tournament today. Dustin Tokarski started in net for the Bolt prospects and went the distance, stopping 20 of 21 shots and looked sharp throughout the match. The only black mark was defenseman Paul Postma's even-strength blast from the left point in the first period. Atlanta's Chris Carrozzi stopped 26 Lightning shots including a great left pad save on a Chris Lawrence turnaround from the slot with 46 seconds remaining. Lawrence is wearing the 'C' for the Traverse City squad.

Ty Wishart led all Bolt prospects with 6 shots on goal and was a visible physical presence on the blueline, using the hip and shoulder on more than one occasion. Wishart was paired with Norfolk Admiral Daryl Boyle, and saw plenty of PP time. Tampa's top line consisted of Mitch Fadden centering Lawrence and Dana Tyrell. Lawrence and Boyle both fired 4 shots at Corrozzi. Free agent backliner Jeff May was paired with Mark Barberio. Free agent invitee centerman Brett Parnham was the only scratch.

See the boxscore for the remainder of individual stats, but the real story was the goaltending battle between Tokarski and Corrozzi. The Lightning three stars of the game were Tokarski, Wishart, and Boyle.

This game will be shown as tape delay Sunday night at 8pm ET on the NHL Network. The Lightning play their next game Sunday night at 7:30pm CT against the Detroit Red Wings prospects.

In-game reports courtesy of Mike Morreale who is blogging the Traverse City tournament at NHL.com

Bolts Name Traverse City Roster

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune published the Lightning's Traverse City Prospects Tournament roster today. And while Steven Stamkos is a glaring omission from the roster, it is composed mostly of 2007 and 2008 Lightning draftees including Finnish forward Matias Sointu. Recently acquired top defensive prospect Ty Wishart highlights the roster that also includes six free agent invitees and two Norfolk Admirals free agent signees. Five of the six free agent invitees are from the WHL, including Tri-City's surprisingly undrafted Kruise Reddick and Tyson Barrie's and Torrie Jung's Kelowna teammate Lucas Bloodoff.

There's one more unconfirmed player whose name has yet to be released.

Goaltenders
Torrie Jung, Dustin Tokarski

Defenseman
Ty Wishart, Kevin Quick, Daryl Boyle, Mark Barberio, Michael Ward, Scott Jackson, Jeff May

Forwards
Dana Tyrell, Mitch Fadden, Chris Lawrence, Luca Cunti, Kyle De Coste, James Wright, Matias Sointu, Lucas Bloodoff, Kyle Bortis, Brady Leavold, Brett Parnham, Kruise Reddick

Norfolk Free Agent Signees
Free Agent Invitees

Organizational Draft History

2016
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 27 F Brett Howden Moose Jaw (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2 37 D Libor Hajek Saskatoon (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2 44 F Boris Katchouk Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
2 58 F Taylor Raddysh Erie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
3 88 G Connor Ingram Kamloops (WHL) 0 0-0-0
4 118 F Ross Colton Cedar Rapids (USHL) 0 0-0-0
5 148 F Christopher Paquette Niagra (OHL) 0 0-0-0
6 178 D Oleg Sosunov Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B) 0 0-0-0
7 206 F Otto Somppi Halifax (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
7 208 F Ryan Lohin Waterloo (USHL) 0 0-0-0
2015
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 33 F Mitchell Stephens Saginaw (OHL) 0 0-0-0
2 44 D Matthew Spencer Peterborough (OHL) 0 0-0-0
3 64 F Dennis Yan Shawinigan (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
3 72 F Anthony Cirelli Oshawa (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 118 F Jonne Tammela KalPa (FIN) 0 0-0-0
4 120 F Mathieu Joseph Saint John (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
5 150 D Ryan Zuhlsdorf Sioux City (USHL) 0 0-0-0
6 153 G Kris Oldham Omaha (USHL) 0 0-0-0
6 180 F Bokondji Imama Saint John (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
2014
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 19 D Anthony DeAngelo Sarnia (OHL) 0 0-0-0
2 35 D Dominik Masin HC Slavia Jr (CZE) 0 0-0-0
2 57 D Johnathan MacLeod USA U18 (USHL) 0 0-0-0
3 79 F Brayden Point Moose Jaw (WHL) 0 0-0-0
4 119 D Ben Thomas Calgary (WHL) 0 0-0-0
6 170 F Cristiano DiGiacinto Windsor (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 185 F Cameron Darcy Cape Breton (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
2013
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 3 F Jonathan Drouin Halifax (QMJHL) 114 13-43-56
2 33 F Adam Erne Quebec (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
5 124 G Kristers Gudlevskis HK Riga (MHL) 2 1-0-1
6 154 F Henri Ikonen Kingston (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 184 F Saku Salminen Kiekko-Vantaa (FIN-Jr) 0 0-0-0
7 186 F Joel Vermin Bern (NLA) 6 0-1-1
2012
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 10 D Slater Koekkoek Peterborough (OHL) 22 0-2-2
1 19 G Andrei Vasilevskiy Ufa (RUS-Jr) 52 22-19-2
2 40 D Dylan Blujus Brampton (OHL) 0 0-0-0
2 53 F Brian Hart Exeter (USHS) 0 0-0-0
3 71 F Tanner Richard Guelph (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 101 F Cedric Paquette Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 167 21-16-37
6 161 D Jake Dotchin Owen Sound (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 202 F Nikita Gusev CSKA-2 (RUS-Jr) 0 0-0-0
2011
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 27 F Vladislav Namestnikov London (OHL) 156 24-31-55
2 58 F Nikita Kucherov CSKA-2 (RUS-Jr) 256 90-101-191
5 148 D Nikita Nesterov Chelyabinsk-2 (RUS-Jr) 110 6-17-23
6 178 G Adam Wilcox Green Bay (USHL) 0 0-0-0
7 201 F Matthew Peca Pembroke (CJHL) 0 0-0-0
7 208 F Ondrej Palat Drummondville (QMJHL) 278 71-124-195
2010
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 6 F Brett Connolly Prince George (WHL) 210 27-32-59
3 63 D Brock Beukeboom Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
3 66 D Radko Gudas Everett (WHL) 211 12-35-47
3 72 D Adam Janosik Gatineau (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
4 96 D Geoffrey Schemitsch Owen Sound (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 118 F Jimmy Mullin Shattuck-St. Mary's (USHS) 0 0-0-0
6 156 F Brendan O'Donnell Winnipeg South (MJHL) 0 0-0-0
7 186 D Teigan Zahn Saskatoon (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2009
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 2 D Victor Hedman MoDo (SWE) 535 55-211-266
1 29 F Carter Ashton Lethbridge (WHL) 54 0-3-3
2 52 F Richard Panik Trinec (CZE) 189 25-25-50
4 93 F Alex Hutchings Barrie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
5 148 G Michael Zador Oshawa (OHL) 0 0-0-0
6 162 G Jaroslav Janus Erie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
7 183 D Kirill Gotovets Shattuck-St.Mary's (USHS) 0 0-0-0
2008
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 1 F Steven Stamkos Sarnia (OHL) 618 327-270-597
4 117 F James Wright Vancouver (WHL) 146 4-8-12
5 122 G Dustin Tokarski Spokane (WHL) 38 12-15-6
5 147 F Kyle DeCoste Brampton (OHL) 0 0-0-0
6 153 D Mark Barberio Moncton (QMJHL) 136 8-19-27
6 160 D Luke Witkowski Ohio (USHL) 22 0-0-0
7 182 F Matias Sointu Ilves Jr. A (FIN) 0 0-0-0
7 203 D David Carle Shattuck-St.Mary's (USHS) 0 0-0-0
2007
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 47 F Dana Tyrell Prince George (WHL) 142 7-17-24
3 75 F Luca Cunti GCK (SUI-2) 0 0-0-0
3 77 F Alex Killorn Deerfield Academy (USHS) 319 68-90-158
4 107 F Mitch Fadden Lethbridge (WHL) 0 0-0-0
5 150 F Matt Marshall Noble & Greenough (USHS) 0 0-0-0
6 167 F Johan Harju Lulea (SWE) 10 1-2-3
7 183 G Torrie Jung Kelowna (WHL) 0 0-0-0
7 197 D Michael Ward Lewiston (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
7 210 F Justin Courtnall Burnaby (BCHL) 0 0-0-0
2006
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 15 G Riku Helenius Ilves Jr. A (FIN) 1 0-0-0
3 78 D Kevin Quick Salisbury Prep (USHS) 6 0-1-1
6 168 D Dane Crowley Swift Current (WHL) 0 0-0-0
7 198 F Denis Kazionov Tver (RUS) 0 0-0-0
2005
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 30 D Vladimir Mihalik Presov (SVK-2) 15 0-3-3
3 73 F Radek Smolenak Kingston (OHL) 7 0-1-1
3 89 F Chris Lawrence Marie (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 92 F Marek Bartanus HC Kosice (SVK Jr.) 0 0-0-0
4 102 F Blair Jones Moose Jaw (WHL) 132 7-10-17
5 133 F Stanislav Lascek Chicoutimi (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
6 163 F 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
2004
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 30 Andy Rogers Calgary (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2 65 Mark Tobin Rimouski (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
4 102 D Mike Lundin Maine (HEAST) 252 4-32-36
5 158 Brandon Elliott Mississauga (OHL) 0 0-0-0
5 163 Dustin Collins Northern Michigan (CCHA) 0 0-0-0
6 188 D Jan Zapletal HC Vsetin (CZE Jr.) 0 0-0-0
6 191 G Karri Ramo Pelicans Lahti (FIN Jr.) 130 35-41-15
8 245 Justin Keller Kelowna (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2003
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 34 Mike Egener Calgary (WHL) 0 0-0-0
2 41 D Matt Smaby Shattuck-St.Mary's (USHS) 122 0-6-6
3 96 Jonathan Boutin Halifax (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
6 192 Doug O'Brien Hull (QJMHL) 5 0-0-0
7 224 Gerald Coleman London (OHL) 2 0-0-1
7 227 F Jay Rosehill Ohio (USHL) 117 5-3-8
8 255 Raimonds Danilics Stalkers (LAT Jr.) 0 0-0-0
8 256 Brady Greco Chicago (USHL) 0 0-0-0
8 273 F Albert Vishnyakov Kazan (RUS) 0 0-0-0
9 286 Zbynek Hrdel Rimouski (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
9 287 F Nick Tarnasky Lethbridge (WHL) 245 13-17-30
2002
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 60 Adam Henrich Brampton (OHL) 0 0-0-0
4 100 F Dmitri Kazionov Lada Togliatti 2 (RUS-3) 0 0-0-0
5 135 Joseph Pearce New Hampshire (HEAST) 0 0-0-0
5 162 Gerard Dicaire Koontenay (WHL) 0 0-0-0
6 170 P.J. Atherton Cedar Rapids (USHL) 0 0-0-0
6 174 Karri Akkanen Ilves Jr. A (FIN) 0 0-0-0
6 183 D Paul Ranger Oshawa (OHL) 323 24-82-106
7 213 Fredrik Norrena TPS Turku (FIN) 100 35-45-11
8 233 G Vasily Koshechkin Lada Togliatti 2 (RUS-3) 0 0-0-0
8 255 F Ryan Craig Brandon (WHL) 196 32-31-63
8 256 Darren Reid Medicine Hat (WHL) 21 0-1-1
9 286 F Alexei Glukhov Voskresensk 2 (RUS-3) 0 0-0-0
9 287 John Toffey Ohio State (CCHA) 0 0-0-0
2001
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 3 Alexander Svitov Omsk (RUS) 179 13-24-37
2 47 F Alexander Polushin Tver (RUS-2) 0 0-0-0
2 61 Andreas Holmqvist Hammarby IF (SWE-2) 0 0-0-0
3 94 F Evgeny Artyukhin Podolsk (RUS) 199 19-30-49
4 123 Aaron Lobb London (OHL) 0 0-0-0
5 138 Paul Lynch Valley (WJHL) 0 0-0-0
6 188 Art Femenella Sioux City (USHL) 0 0-0-0
7 219 Dennis Packard Harvard (ECAC) 0 0-0-0
7 222 Jeremy Van Hoof Ottawa (OHL) 0 0-0-0
8 252 Jean-Francois Soucy Montreal (QMJHL) 0 0-0-0
8 259 F Dmitri Bezrukov Nizhnekamsk (RUS) 0 0-0-0
8 263 F Vitali Smolianinov Nizhnekamsk Jr. (RUS) 0 0-0-0
9 281 F Ilya Solarev Perm (RUS) 0 0-0-0
9 289 Henrik Bergfors Sodertalje (SWE) 0 0-0-0
2000
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 8 Nikita Alexeev Erie (OHL) 159 20-17-37
2 34 Ruslan Zainullin Kazan (RUS) 0 0-0-0
3 81 Alexander Kharitonov Moscow (RUS) 71 7-15-22
4 126 Johan Hagglund Modo (SWE) 0 0-0-0
5 161 F Pavel Sedov Voskresensk (RUS) 0 0-0-0
6 191 Aaron Gionet Kamloops (WHL) 0 0-0-0
7 222 Marek Priechodsky Trnava (SVK Jr.) 0 0-0-0
7 226 Brian Eklund Brown University (ECAC) 1 0-1-0
8 233 Alexander Polukeyev St. Petersburg-2 (RUS-3) 0 0-0-0
9 263 Thomas Ziegler Ambri-Piotta (SWI-A) 5 0-0-0
1999
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
2 47 Sheldon Keefe Barrie (OHL) 125 12-12-24
3 67 Evgeny Konstantinov Kazan (RUS) 1 0-0-0
3 75 Brent Scheffelmaier Medicine Hat (WHL) 0 0-0-0
3 88 Jimmie Olvestad Djurgardens (SEL) 111 3-14-17
5 127 Kaspars Astashenko Riga (LAT) 23 1-2-3
5 148 Michal Lanicek Slavia Praha U20 (CZE) 0 0-0-0
6 182 Fedor Fedorov Port Huron (UHL) 18 0-2-2
7 187 Ivan Rachunek Zlin (CZE) 0 0-0-0
8 216 Erkki Rajamaki Helsinki (FNL) 0 0-0-0
9 244 Mikko Kuparinen Grand Rapids (IHL) 0 0-0-0
1998
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 1 F Vincent Lecavalier Rimouski (QMJHL) 1131 410-513-923
3 64 F Brad Richards Rimouski (QMJHL) 1018 284-604-888
3 72 Dmitry Afanasenkov Yaroslavl (RUS-2) 227 27-27-54
4 92 Eric Beaudoin Guelph (OHL) 53 3-8-11
5 121 Curtis Rich Calgary (WHL) 0 0-0-0
6 146 Sergei Kuznetsov Yaroslavl (RUS-2) 0 0-0-0
7 174 Brett Allan Swift Current (WHL) 0 0-0-0
1996
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
7 179 D Pavel Kubina Vitkovice HC (CZE) 970 110-276-386
1993
RND PICK POS PLAYER NAME DRAFT TEAM GP STATS
1 3 Chris Gratton Kingston (OHL) 1092 214-354-568

Prospect Rankings Update

BoltProspects have updated our prospects rankings lists incorporating the new prospects in the system following the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Also, prospects exiting the system because they were not qualified or otherwise not offered contracts have been removed.

The Staff will be publishing our analysis of the Lightning's 2008 Draft in the near future.

Organizational Depth Chart

Offseason note: Unrestricted free agents will be added when they sign. Restricted free agents are included here. This is not a prediction or reflection of lines, but a depth chart.

Rob Schremp vs Daniel Briere

I have seen a lot of hockey players come through the AHL and with the exception of Martin St. Louis, Rob Schremp is the best to skate at the Mass Mutual Center (formerly Civic Center). Is he better than Daniel Briere? Flip a coin. We knew Briere was in. I see Schremp in an Oilers Jersey very soon. Hope it's his. Go figure.

BoltProspects 2007-2008 Mid-Term Rankings Report

This is a bit late (for a variety of pseudo-reasons), but at last the lengthy evaluation process is complete.

Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Mid-Term Rankings for the 2007-2008 season. Defenseman Mike Lundin has joined the graduated prospect list; therefore, he is no longer on the prospect rankings list. Mario Scalzo, acquired earlier in the season from the Dallas Stars organization, makes his debut on the rankings list.

Bolt Prospects 2007-2008 Preliminary Rankings

It’s been a lengthy evaluation process but the time is finally here!

Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Preliminary Rankings for the 2007-2008 season. Due to the addition of the Lightning’s 2007 draftees, who will be appearing in the rankings for the first time, we have re-expanded the list back to 25. Seven players who have never appeared in the rankings make their debut this Fall.

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