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That Must've Killed HF Management

Hockey's Future [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=9166]finally released their first organizational rankings for the year.[/url] Ordinarilly finishing 27th out of 30 teams would be a cause for concern, but given Hockey's Future's history of blindly ranking the Lightning dead last out of bias (their Online Editor is a Thrashers fan with an agenda) without doing a lick of research and then regurgitating the same organizational strengths and weaknesses Chad and I wrote when we were at HF some 3-4 years ago, finishing 27th might as well be 17th. That's why it's hard, from my perspective, to see rankings like these and not crack a big smirk.

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.

Final Traverse City Statistics

[b]Final Lightning Traverse City Statistics:[/b] [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] 2-4-6 [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] 3-2-5 David Desharnais* 0-4-4 Marek Bartanus 2-1-3 [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] 1-2-3 [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] 0-3-3 [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] 2-0-2 [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] 1-1-2 Maxime Boisclair* 1-1-2 Todd Griffith* 1-0-1 [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] 1-0-1 Torrie Wheat* 1-0-1 [url=pj-Atherton]PJ Atherton*[/url] 0-1-1 [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] 0-1-1 Geoff Waugh* 0-1-1 Brian Woolger* 0-1-1 Clayton Barthel* 0-0-0 Travis Fuller* 0-0-0 Ryan Gibbons* 0-0-0 [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] 0-0-0 [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] 0-0-0 [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] 0-0-0 [i]*Denotes Tryout Player[/i] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url]: 126:00, 1-1-0, 63 Svs, 9 GA, 4.29 GAA, .875 sv% [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url], 125:04, 0-1-1, 52 Svs, 8 GA, 3.84 GAA, .867 sv% For reference purposes: [url=TC2005STATS]2005 Traverse City Statistics[/url] [url=TC2004STATS]2004 Traverse City Statistics[/url]

Prospects

Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

NO. PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
1 Cal Foote Defense 18 6.03 209 Kelowna (WHL)
2 Brett Howden Center 19 6.02 192 Moose Jaw (WHL)
3 Anthony Cirelli Center 20 6.00 165 Syracuse (AHL)
4 Taylor Raddysh Right Wing 19 6.01 203 Sault Ste Marie (OHL)
5 Mitchell Stephens Center 20 5.11 187 Syracuse (AHL)
6 Slater Koekkoek Defense 23 6.02 188 Tampa Bay (NHL)
7 Jake Dotchin Defense 23 6.03 222 Tampa Bay (NHL)
8 Mathieu Joseph Right Wing 20 6.00 168 Syracuse (AHL)
9 Adam Erne Left Wing 22 6.01 211 Syracuse (AHL)
10 Boris Katchouk Left Wing 19 6.01 190 Sault Ste Marie (OHL)
11 Alexey Lipanov Center 18 6.00 170 Sudbury (OHL)
12 Libor Hajek Defense 19 6.01 196 Regina (WHL)
13 Ben Thomas Defense 21 6.01 192 Syracuse (AHL)
14 Alexander Volkov Right Wing 20 6.01 192 Syracuse (AHL)
15 Dominik Masin Defense 21 6.02 194 Syracuse (AHL)
16 Connor Ingram Goaltender 20 6.01 194 Syracuse (AHL)
17 Dennis Yan Left Wing 20 6.01 187 Syracuse (AHL)
18 Erik Cernak Defense 20 6.03 221 Syracuse (AHL)
19 Ross Colton Center 20 6.00 190 University of Vermont (HEAST)
20 Carter Verhaeghe Center 22 6.01 181 Syracuse (AHL)
21 Ryan Lohin Center 21 6.00 190 UMass-Lowell (HEAST)
22 Christopher Paquette Center 19 6.01 174 Peterborough (OHL)
23 Matthew Spencer Defense 20 6.02 203 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
Cole Guttman Center 18 5.10 163 Dubuque (USHL)
Sammy Walker Right Wing 18 5.09 150 Edina (USHS)
Nick Perbix Defense 19 6.04 194 Omaha (USHL)
Oleg Sosunov Defense 19 6.08 243 Moose Jaw (WHL)
Otto Somppi Center 19 6.01 183 Halifax (QMJHL)
Jonne Tammela Right Wing 20 5.11 185 Syracuse (AHL)
Kris Oldham Goaltender 20 6.03 205 Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Ryan Zuhlsdorf Defense 20 6.00 194 Minnesota (Big Ten)
Johnathan MacLeod Defense 21 6.02 198 Boston University (HEAST)
Saku Salminen Center 22 6.03 202 SaiPa (FIN)
Daniel Walcott Defense 23 5.11 165 Syracuse (AHL)

Overage Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Matthew Peca Center 24 5.09 172 Syracuse (AHL)
Tanner Richard Center 24 5.11 184 Genève-Servette (NLA)
Alex Gallant Left Wing 25 6.00 185 Syracuse (AHL)
Mat Bodie Defense 27 6.00 174 Syracuse (AHL)

Bolt Prospects Alumni

GRAD DATE PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
01/06/2018 Yanni Gourde Right Wing 26 5.09 170 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2018 Mikhail Sergachev Defense 19 6.03 216 Tampa Bay (NHL)
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 26 5.09 163 Vegas (NHL)
03/11/2016 Nikita Nesterov Defense 24 6.00 191 CSKA Moskva (KHL)
04/04/2015 Vladislav Namestnikov Left Wing 25 6.00 179 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/03/2015 Jonathan Drouin Left Wing 22 5.11 191 Montreal (NHL)
01/31/2015 Cedric Paquette Center 24 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 24 5.11 174 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/08/2014 Richard Panik Left Wing 26 6.01 208 Arizona (NHL)
03/01/2014 J.T. Brown Right Wing 27 5.10 170 Anaheim (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 28 6.01 202 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Tyler Johnson Center 27 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 Dallas (NHL)
02/16/2013 Anders Lindback Goaltender 29 6.06 203 Milwaukee (AHL)
01/29/2013 Keith Aulie Defense 27 6.06 229 Stockton (AHL)
03/19/2012 Tim Wallace Right Wing 33 6.02 182 Sheffield (ETHL)
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 30 5.10 188 Retired
04/07/2009 Karri Ramo Goaltender 31 6.03 207 Jokerit (KHL)
04/07/2009 Matt Smaby Defense 32 6.06 239 Unknown
01/12/2009 Steven Stamkos Center 27 6.00 186 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/01/2008 Mike Smith Goaltender 35 6.04 215 Calgary (NHL)
01/19/2008 Mathieu Darche Left Wing 40 6.01 210 Retired
01/03/2008 Mike Lundin Defense 32 6.02 191 Jokerit (KHL)
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 35 6.02 220 Retired
01/24/2006 Evgeny Artyukhin Right Wing 33 6.04 254 Novosibirsk (KHL)
01/20/2006 Paul Ranger Defense 32 6.02 215 Retired

Lightning Traverse City Camp Roster

Boltprospects exclusive! Correspondant Chad Schnarr has managed to get a copy of the Lightning's Traverse City camp roster from Head Scout Jake Goertzen:

Traverse City Tourney Game On

Special thanks to TBL.com moderator and Lightning web community diva MissK for this: [url=http://www.allsports.com/nhl/redwings/stories/2005_07/17_Camp.html]The annual Traverse City prospect tournament is tentatively scheduled for September 4th through 19th.[/url]

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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