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Feaster's Thoughts on Traverse City

Crisdotero also blogged some quotes from Lightning GM Jay Feaster today regarding the play of the team's prospects at the Traverse City tournament.

Feaster expresses disappointment at the play of goaltender Riku Helenius, citing the year he lost last season to a shoulder injury as the reason and calls Andy Rogers' tournament a mixed bag.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Feaster raves about the play of forward Radek Smolenak and admits several organizations expressed praise for Smolenak's play and lauds defenseman Mike Lundin's strong play in the tournament.

Bolt Prospects will have more on the Lightning organization's reaction to the Traverse City tournament later this week.

NHL.com Lightning Prospect Features

NHL.com has a couple of articles out today regarding the Lightning's prospects. First up, John McGourty interviews General Manager Jay Feaster on the top prospects in the Lightning organization. Feaster gives his opinions on defensemen Matt Smaby, Andy Rogers, and Vladimir Mihalik, forward Blair Jones, and goaltenders Karri Ramo and Riku Helenius.

Next up Shawn P. Roarke interviews Helenius from the Team USA Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY. Helenius talks about leaving Finland behind to join the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.

AHL Game Night 2/23: Falcons at Phantoms

Darren Reid's revenge.

SPR-4
PHI-6

Jonathan Boutin allowed 6 goals on 34 shots in the game. Springfield got 2 goals and 1 assist from David Spina to go with 1 goal and 2 assists from Kyle Wanvig and a trifecta of helpers from Eric Healey. Stephen Baby had the other Falcons goal and rookie Andy Rogers added an assist as did Boutin. Healey was tapped for third star of the game honors.

Former Lightning prospect/Falcon Darren Reid had 1 goal and 2 assists in the game. Since leaving Springfield, Reid has 16 goals and 27 points in 38 games with the Phantoms and has received a couple of cups of coffee with the Flyers. I think it's fair to say the change of scenery worked for him.

As an aside, I hope the Lightning organization manages to wrap up David Spina's services for Norfolk next season. It's unlikely they'll retain Healey and Cavanaugh, in my opinion, and Milley and Corso may not be holdovers either. Spina, however, is a player the Lightning should try to retain in their minor league organization after spending two years developing him.

First Period
SPR Wanvig, (15) (Healey, Spina), 0:58
PHI Reid, (17) (Cullen, Kane), 17:19 (PP)

Second Period
PHI Cullen, (11) (Kane, Reid), 3:34 (PP)
SPR Spina, (11) (Healey, Wanvig), 12:00
PHI Cullen, (12) (Kane, Davis), 15:23
SPR Baby, (3) (Healey, Wanvig), 17:08 (PP)
PHI Guenin, (3) (Ellison, Timonen), 18:45

Third Period
PHI Cabana, (3) (Meloche, Zingoni), 6:38
SPR Spina, (12) (Rogers, Boutin), 15:42
PHI Cullen, (13) (Reid, Kane), 18:53

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day 3/4: Falcons at Sharks

The streak is over. Falcons win.

SPR-3
WOR-2 (SO)

Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping a perfect 8 of 8 penalty shots for the shootout victory. For Ramo, who went 0 for February in the win department, it was his first victory since January 19th at Providence. David Spina had a pair of assists in the game while Adam Henrich and PJ Atherton (slipping nicely through a Clear Day loophole) scored Springfield's goals. Matt Smaby and Andy Rogers, freshly dried from a dip in Springfield Republican beat writer Fran Sypek's vitriol, each had primary assists in the game. Daniel Corso, who scored the winning shootout goal, was named first star of the game while Spina took third star honors.

The win breaks the Falcons' 8 game winless streak. Interesting takeaway stats from the game: the Falcons outshot the Sharks 31-27 partly on the strength of Atherton's team high 5 shots on goal. I know someone who wants a contract.

Newly acquired Nick Kuiper was +1 in the game. Joe Rullier did not suit up for the Falcons.

First Period
SPR Henrich, (3) (Smaby, Spina), 7:22
WOR Mink, (19) (Prudden, Cavanagh), 7:37

Second Period
WOR Rome, (7) , 1:14
SPR Atherton, (1) (Rogers, Spina), 6:20 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SPR- Corso
WOR- NONE

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 2/11: Falcons at Monarchs

That's an unfortunate outcome to a very good effort.

SPR-2
MAN-3

Gerald Coleman stopped 22 of 25 shots faced for his first AHL loss of the season. Springfield got goals from Marek Kvapil and Norm Milley with individual assists belonging to Doug Andress and Andy Rogers. In a dramatic departure from many recent efforts by the Falcons, Springfield dominated the shot count in outshooting Manchester 39-25.

First Period
MCH Nolan, (1) (Zeiler, Moulson), 14:56

Second Period
SPR Kvapil, (11) (Andress), 8:04
SPR Milley, (18) (Rogers), 13:37

Third Period
MCH Dallman, (3) (Moulson, Zeiler), 0:36
MCH Dallman, (4) (Clarke, Hoffman), 8:01

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

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