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Kvapil to Be Offered Contract

Boltprospects has learned that, true to speculation, the Tampa Bay Lightning do intend to extend 2005 6th round pick Marek Kvapil a contract offer. Kvapil, who turned 20 in January, is a talented Czech forward who put up solid numbers on a woeful Saginaw team in the OHL this season. Expect him to be given every opportunity to make the Springfield Falcons given the team's unfortunate lack of speed and skill up front last season.

More Prospect Signings Coming?

Erik Erlensson of the Tribune [url=http://sports.tbo.com/sports/MGBGE7D5UBE.html]suggests the Lightning may move to sign some of their college prospects like Matt Smaby, Brady Greco and Jay Rosehill [/url]to build up their minor league depth at the position. Lightning GM Jay Feaster has made it known he thinks the NCAA ranks are too soft for his taste and [url=http://www.nhl.com/futures/features/prospects_tam040705.html]hinted strongly to NHL.com a Smaby signing may be in the offing.[/url] When Andreas Holmqvist's return to Linkopings in Sweden freed up a roster spot in Springfield it all but sealed the deal that the Lightning would attempt to get Smaby to go pro.

Trade Summary

Here is a summary of the day's trades from the [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=909]Lightning draft press release[/url]:

John Wessbecker

With their final selection in the draft the Lightning selected D John Wessbecker out of Blake (USHS). The native of Victoria, Minnesota is considered a mobile, physical defenseman with great character. [url=http://umassathletics.collegesports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/052505aaa.html]He is committed to the University of Massachussetts[/url].

Summary of Lightning Picks

Here is a summary of [url=http://www.nhl.com/nhlonline/nhl?service=direct&context=DraftStats%2FteamForm&sp=S0&team=T.B&year=2005&location=%2Fdraft&Form0=0]today's eight selections in the 2005 Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning[/url]:
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