(Springfield Falcons release)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired center Daniel Corso from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for right wing Darren Reid, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Corso, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, has appeared in six games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League this season. He has scored two goals and recorded four assists with an even plus/minus rating in his first season with the Phantoms. He spent the 2005-06 season with the Frankfurt Lions, recording 11 goals and 17 assists in 29 games. Corso ranked fourth on the team in points and goals.
Name: Darren Reid
Position: Right Wing
Weight: 205 lbs
Acquired: 2002 Entry Draft, 8th Round, 256 Overall
Darren Reid took a less conventional route in his junior career spending three years with the Drayton Valley Thunder of the AJHL, including one season with fellow Lightning prospect Nick
Tarnasky, keeping his elligibility in the hopes of getting an NCAA scholarship. Midway through the 2001-2002 season, however, Reid finally decided to join the Canadian major junior ranks with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. In 37 games in his WHL rookie season Reid had 8 goals and 17 points and was ranked 128th by the NHL Central Scouting Service prior to the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Despite his inexperience at the major junior level, the Lightning took a chance on Reid in the 8th round. 2002-2003 showed marked improvement for Reid as he had 14 goals and 44 points in 63 games before eploding in his final junior season with 33 goals and 81 points to go with 194 penalty minutes in 67 games for the Tigers. Reid followed up his strong regular season performance by topping a point a game in the playoffs with 13 goals and 21 points in 20 games as Medicine Hat won the WHL Championship securing a trip to the Memorial Cup tournament where the club went 1-2.
In the summer of 2004 Reid was signed by the Lightning and, in the lockout season, placed with Springfield of the AHL. He spent the majority of the year on the team's checking line scoring 3 goals and 22 points with 99 penalty minutes in 56 games as a rookie. At the start of the 2005-2006 campaign Reid was again placed in Springfield where he assumed his normal duties on the team's checking line and penalty killing units. In need of more grit on their lower lines, the Lightning recalled Reid for his NHL debut on December 17th, 2005 against the Detroit Red Wings. The recall was a short 4 game look for Reid who was returned to Springfield on December 28th. He suffered a leg injury two games after his return to the Falcons and missed a month and a half as a result.
Reid is a very hard worker who is the type who is first to the rink and last to leave. Reid will do the dirty work along the wall and will drop the gloves to defend his teammates. He's been a very good penalty killer at the AHL level.
He hasn't shown himself to be much of an offensive threat throughout his career with the exception of his final season with Medicine Hat. Reid seemed somewhat tentative in his recall with the Lightning and needs to work on his burst which is slightly subpar right now for the NHL level.
Reid's offense seemed to be coming along just before his leg injury with the Falcons. He'll never be an offensive threat at the NHL level, but he will have to show the ability to occassionally chip in offensively to stick at the next level. Bolt Prospects projects Reid as a good fourth line soldier who can provide energy to a team in limited minutes and possibly on the penalty kill.
Profile Created 2/17/06 by Pete Choquette