When Lightning prospects last took the ice, Tampa co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie squared off behind the benches in an intra squad scrimmage to close last month's Prospect Camp in Victoria, BC. But when Tampa prospects take to the ice September 13th in Traverse City, MI for the 8 team tournament, the owners will leave the coaching to the professionals. The Lightning announced that Norfolk Admirals head coach Darren Rumble will lead the year's Traverse squad along with Norfolk assistant coach Alan May.
It was also confirmed that the remaining player on Tampa's roster will be free agent invitee Luciano Aquino. The 5.10, 200 lbs right winger put up a gaudy 41-50-91 in 74 games last year for the IHL's Fort Wayne Komets enroute to winning the IHL Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Aquino is a 2005 7th round pick of the New York Islanders and is no stranger to offensive proclivities. He was a point-per-gamer for the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies in the 2006-07 season, and put up a tawdry 2.25 point-per-game average in his shortened final junior campaign for Brampton. Aquino's Fort Wayne teammate Matieu Curadeau recently signed a two-way AHL/IHL contract with Norfolk, and Aquino, who lists Tampa's Martin St. Louis as his favorite NHL player, will be given a long look by the organization whose system lacks an explosive right wing sniper.
James Wright's wake-up call came from NHL teams hitting the snooze button on him at their entry draft.
Wright, a Vancouver Giants centre, may be a pro-level skater already and that led to speculation that he could have been a second-rounder this past summer. That speculation, too, led to him attending the festivities in Ottawa with his family.
Wright, 18, has also had an up-and-down first two years with the Giants, thanks to an inconsistent battle level. NHL teams looked at that most of all, as he wasn't picked until the end of the fourth round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
For Mitch Fadden, September will be the month that decides where he spends the next year. As the Lethbridge training camp begins, Tampa's 2007 4th round pick is still without a pro contract from the Lightning. After attending the Bolt's Prospect Camp in Victoria, BC last month, the Lightning still want to see more of Fadden before making a decision on where he spends the 2008-09 season.
In talking with the Lethbridge Herald, the WHL's sixth leading scorer was upbeat about the start of the Hurricane's camp, â€œItâ€™s business as usual, everyone is excited to get back on the ice and weâ€™re ready to start the season.â€
The golf cart had a dashboard like a Lexus, headlamps and a top speed of about 45 clicks, which was all right because it also had seatbelts. Best of all, it was equipped with satellite radio that softly filled the spring air with new rock.
Al Czervik would have been proud.
You remember Al? He was the plaid-panted, brash but likable real-estate tycoon in Caddyshack played by Rodney Dangerfield, whose golf bag had a built-in stereo that blasted Journey all over Bushwood Country Club.
For the rest of the story, which includes potential titles for Barrie and rumored partner Oren Koules, as well as examples of Barrie's business style, Click Here (Victoria Times-Colonist).
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the draft lottery for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and secured the #1 pick in the draft.
Dave Andreychuk, who sat in as the Lightning's representative for the draft drawing, has the magic mojo.
Steven Stamkos is a Bolt.
Can you say, "skill?"
Welcome to Tampa Bay, young man.
This is a bit late (for a variety of pseudo-reasons), but at last the lengthy evaluation process is complete.
Today, Bolt Prospects is releasing its Mid-Term Rankings for the 2007-2008 season. Defenseman Mike Lundin has joined the graduated prospect list; therefore, he is no longer on the prospect rankings list. Mario Scalzo, acquired earlier in the season from the Dallas Stars organization, makes his debut on the rankings list.
Quick, a 6-foot-0, 175-pound defenseman, had two goals and two assists in 21 games with the University of Michigan Wolverines this season prior to joining the Admirals. The 19-year-old was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round (78th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft out of The Salisbury School in Connecticut.
Quick was dismissed by Michigan last week for violating team rules. The Buffalo News has released a report on the incident.
A comprehensive overview of Quick's present situation, with quotes from Loiselle and Quick, was published out of Norfolk can can be found here. For more details of the signing, see the St. Petersburg Times.
Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster released the following statement on the Kevin Quick situation:
We have shared with his family adviser our thoughts on what is best for both Kevin's hockey career in light of the options that are available to him as well as for his own personal development and well-being.
Quick, a freshman defenseman with the University of Michigan and a Lightning draftee, was dismissed from the Wolverines yesterday after "violating team rules and trust."
Prior to Kevin choosing to return to Salisbury Prep after his draft year, the Lightning put the full-court press on him, encouraging him to go the Major Junior route with his development (Both Kevin and his younger brother, Kyle, have their rights held by the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting). Kevin eventually returned to Salisbury for a year before choosing to play collegiately at Michigan.
Green Bay of the USHL drafted Kevin in 2006, but released him after Quick decided to return to Prep school.
With Quick's developmental path again at a crossroads, Feaster told BoltProspects, "We will be doing the same kind of lobbying in this case and, yes, we are interested in signing him."
Kyle Okposo, who is 19 like Quick, recently left the University of Minnesota on his own terms to join the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.
Quick could be signed and end up in the AHL with Norfolk, or he could go to Major Junior and play with the likely top 2008 NHL draft choice Steven Stamkos in Sarnia.
Culled from the message board...
Coach Red Berenson did not give the specifics of why he dismissed the freshman defenseman from the program but said once he learned all of the details Thursday of what Quick did, it was the right thing to do.
"Obviously, it was serious enough that we had to let him go," Berenson said. "It was just a total violation of our team trust and our rules.
"He's a good kid, and it's been a long, long week for me having to make this decision, but it was the only thing to do."
Michigan players declined to comment about the dismissal. Quick could not be reached Friday for comment.
Berenson has suspended players in season before for academic or behavior reasons, but rarely has someone been immediately dismissed.
"I didn't know everything until (Thursday), and once I did, it was a quick decision," Berenson said.
Quick, a 3rd round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, is considered one of the Lightning's brightest young prospects.
Hat tip to message board member Matt.
Adam Henrich: "If I didnâ€™t commit myself, I was going to have to find something else to do with my life"Submitted by chad on December 13, 2007 - 14:11
Former Lightning prospect Adam Henrich, who was not re-signed last summer after struggling with AHL Springfield, has been a completely different player recently while on a tryout contract with the Norfolk Admirals.
The Citizens Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, recently caught up with Henrich after the former Brampton Battalion forward had a 4 point night leading the Ads to a 5-3 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
â€œI realized after last season I had to be more humble and work harder,â€ Henrich, who has 5 goals and 6 assists in 6 games since his promotion, told the newspaper.