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Wright's Story Isn't Over

Each preseason, hockey fans are gripped by a story of an underdog roster candidate forcing his way onto an NHL club. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brett Connolly and college free agent Cory Conacher have dominated headlines early this fall at the Lightning's training camp in that respect. While Conacher was eventually moved to the AHL, Connolly's chances to stick with the Lightning continue to increase.

He's this year's preseason story.

Roy, Wright Return to Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward James Wright as well as defenseman Matt Roy (WAH) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Roy, 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, has played in 13 games for the Admirals this season, recording two goals and 11 points with a plus-3 rating. He leads all Norfolk defensemen in both assists and points. Roy has played in one game with the Lightning this season, registering two penalty minutes.

A native of St. Georges, Quebec, Roy spent last season in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, skating in a career-high 31 games and notching a career-best 10 assists. He also played in 15 AHL games with Syracuse and Rochester, recording four points. Roy also appeared in six postseason games with the Americans, registering 11 penalty minutes.

Roy was drafted by Edmonton in the seventh round, 215th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 29, 2010.

Wright, 6-4, 200 pounds, has played in 15 games with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 12 points, including one power play goal. This is Wright’s first call-up of the season.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Wright made the Lightning roster out of juniors last season and went on to play in 48 games, recording two goals and five points in his NHL debut before being reassigned to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. He was second among Lightning rookies in 2009-10 for both time on ice with 11:38 per game and points.

Wright was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 117th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

Barberio, Giliati Score in Team Black Shootout Win

2008 draft pick Mark Barberio scored an unassisted goal 40 seconds into the 2nd half of Sunday's training camp scrimmage to give Team Black a 2-0 lead. Team Black had posted the only marker in the 1st half as 2010 1st rounder Brett Connolly and Martin St. Louis assisted on a Steven Stamkos tally. Prospect Stefano Giliati, an off-season acquisition from Toronto in the Matt Lashoff trade, opened the scoring for Team White with assists from 2006 draftee Kevin Quick and Dominic Moore. Simon Gagne then netted his first goal in a Lightning jersey, the equalizer for Team White, with assists from James Wright and 2009 1st rounder Carter Ashton.

Ashton, Juraj Simek, Niklas Persson, Connolly, and Marc-Andre Pouliot all missed shootout attempts before former Bolt and training camp invitee Eric Perrin won the match for Team Black in the shootout. Mike Smith stopped 20 of 22 for Team White, while Dan Ellis stopped 18 of 20 for Team Black.

Panik Rings Up A Deuce On Saturday

Richard Panik notched two goals leading Team White in a 6-2 victory over Team Black in Saturday's Training Camp scrimmage. It was an impressive outing for the 2009 2nd round pick, who came to training camp still without a entry-level contract and questions whether his 2010-11 destination is Belleville or Norfolk. Swedish free agent acquisition Niklas Persson also made quite an impression tallying two goals of his own for Team White. James Wright scored a goal and added an assist, building upon his team leading efforts at the recent Traverse City prospects tournament. 2007 draft pick Johan Harju added two assists for White, while first rounders Carter Ashton, Vladimir Mihalik and Brett Connolly also assisted on goals.

Prospects Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus split 20 minutes each in net for Team White. Janus stopped a perfect 5 shots in light duty, while Tokarski turned away 17 of 19 shots.

Connolly Scores Twice in Traverse City Opener

The Lightning's 2010 1st round pick Brett Connolly tallied a first period and a third period goal in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the opening game of the 2010 Traverse City prospects tournament Saturday night. Connolly's first period tally was assisted by 2009 1st round pick Carter Ashton, as he and Connolly combined for 10 of Tampa's 26 shots on goal. James Wright and Mark Barberio assisted on Connolly's 3rd period marker with Wright sporting a team high +2 along with 3 shots of his own. 2010 3rd rounder Brock Beukeboom was the only other Lightning plus player in the game.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 31 of 34 shots in the loss. Radko Gudas had a huge hit in the 3rd period, while Teigan Zahn dropped the gloves for a 1st period bout against Cody Beach. Of the free agent invitees, forward Andrew Agozzino rang up 3 shots on goal.

Boxscore provided by Pointstreak

Prospect Camp Preliminary Roster

The Lightning have assembled a preliminary roster for the upcoming prospects camp July 10-14 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The following roster, courtesy of Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, includes at least three goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 17 forwards. All 2010 draft choices will be participating.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-25-10


Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
Western Conference Finals, Game 6. Tri-City wins Best of 7 Series 4-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 7-9-16, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -4, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Drew Owsley (undrafted) again earned First Star honors as the goaltender stopped 30 of 32 shots to help the Americans win Game 6 5-2 and send them on to the WHL Finals. The Giants, who held a 2-1 lead in this series with Game 4 at home, and were also tied 2-2 at home in Game 6, have been eliminated. Wright finished the series with a goal, two assists, and a minus-2 rating over the six games. His junior career is now complete and the signed forward who played with Tampa Bay for the first half of the season will either begin next year with the Bolts or AHL Norfolk Admirals. His 16 playoff points in 16 games are by far a career high, topping the 10 points in 17 games he registered last year with the Giants in the postseason.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor defeated Kitchener to complete a 0-3 series comeback. Taylor Hall and the Spits will now face Alex Hutchings and Barrie for the OHL title and Memorial Cup invitation.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-23-10


No.5 Moncton Wildcats 4 @ No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 2
Semifinals, Game 5. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton won their third of the series on the road to finish off the Volts 4-1 and advance to the QMJHL Finals. The Wildcats will face the winner of St. John and Victoriaville, currently 3-1 St. John. Barberio finished the Drummondville series with two goals and three points in the five games. He continues to lead all league defensemen in playoff scoring with 15 points. Despite the Moncton win in Game 5, hometown Drummondville swept the three star awards for the game.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley scored his first goal of the playoffs into an empty net. He was also plus-3 in the game with two shots. Gormley Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 1-13-14, +11, 2 PIM.


Vancouver Giants 1 @ Tri-City Americans 4
Western Conference Finals, Game 5. Tri-City leads Best of 7 Series 3-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 7-8-15, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Drew Owsley (undrafted) stopped 40 shots for First Star honors as the Americans are now one win away from disposing of Wright and the Giants and advancing to the WHL Finals to face Calgary. Game 6 is Sunday in Vancouver.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor defeated Kitchener 6-4 in Kitchener to force a Game 7. Windsor had been down 3-0 in the series. Game 7 is Sunday in Windsor.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-22-10


Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
Western Conference Finals, Game 4. Best of 7 Series tied 2-2
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 7-8-15, +4, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright had an early power play assist to help the Giants to a 1-0 lead, but TC struck twice and then three more times after Vancouver tied the game at two to win Game 4 5-2 and tie the series at two games apiece. Kruise Reddick (undrafted), who has been in the WHL seemingly forever, had a goal and three assists for the Americans. Game 5 is Friday night in Kennewick, Washington.

Elsewhere in the CHL, Windsor shut out Kitchener in Game 5 3-0 and are now “only” down 3-2 in the series after being down 3-0 two games ago. The winner will play Alex Hutchings and Barrie in the OHL Finals.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-20-10


No.2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 @ No.5 Moncton Wildcats 1 (OT)
Semifinals, Game 3. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Series Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 4-9-13, +5, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

The Wildcats had a big opportunity to take a commanding 3-0 series lead at home, but Charles Landry (undrafted in 2009) scored at 9:54 of overtime to get the Volts back into the series. Canada WJC goaltender Jake Allen (Blues 2/08) was First Star for Drummondville, stopping 40 shots. Game 4 is Wednesday in Moncton.

On the other side, Victoriaville beat No.1 St. John 6-3 to pull within two games to one of the Sea Dogs.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley was even with three shots on goal in the game. Gormley is regarded as one of the best defenseman in the upcoming draft and could fall to the Lightning at No.6. Gormley Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 0-13-13, +8, 2 PIM.


Tri-City Americans 2 @ Vancouver Giants 3 (OT)
Western Conference Finals, Game 3. Vancouver leads Best of 7 Series 2-1
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright (pictured) scored early in the first and the Giants would add another in the period to lead 2-0 after one, but Tri-City clawed their way back to force overtime in Game 3. Wright then set up Tomas Vincour (Stars 5/09) for his seventh goal of the playoffs at 3:49 of overtime to give Vancouver a 3-2 win and take a 2-1 series lead. The two points were the first of the series for Wright. Game 4 is Thursday in Vancouver.

On the other side, Calgary defeated Brandon 6-3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the East. What we’d like to see here for Vancouver/Wright is Brandon win the East and Vancouver the West, so even if Memorial Cup host (automatic bid) Brandon wins the championship, the Giants would be invited to the Cup tournament.

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