Wright, James

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

WHL

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

QMJHL

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.

WHL

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

WHL

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

QMJHL

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.

WHL

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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