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KHL Game Day: 8-29-15

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Novgorod 3
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 16:07 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-1 win over SKA St. Petersburg. The team got a pair of helpers from ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov in the win.

KHL Game Day: 8-28-15

Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 2 PIM

The Goose is loose! Nikita Gusev notched the Third Period, game winning goal and had a power play helper on the insurance marker in Yugra's 5-3 win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. The young forward also had a Second Period tally in the match and a minor for holding in 13:34 of ice time in his club's first win of the new regular season.

Tammela Staying Home

(Peterborough Examiner) Peterborough Petes rolled the dice at the CHL Import Draft and came up snake eyes.

Jonne Tammela, the Petes' lone pick, 15th overall in the July draft of European players, has opted to remain in Finland and play with his local pro team. Tammela was a fourth-round pick of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning in June.

Petes GM Mike Oke met with Tammela at the Lightning's development camp in July to educate him about the Petes. In early August Tammela's adviser informed the Petes he was staying home.

“From speaking with his advisor they've left the door open,” said Oke. “We'll continue to stay in touch with him and monitor his progress. They are open to us continuing to have dialogue and we'll see what the future holds. If circumstances change, Peterborough remains a viable option.

For the rest of this story, see the Peterborough Examiner.

KHL Game Day: 8-27-15

Omsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 23/26, 2.77 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 1.92 GAA, .917 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned away all three shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to lift Magnitka to a 4-3 shootout win over Omsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

Jokerit 5 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius stopped 20 shots as Jokerit steamrolled Novgorod 5-1. Carter Ashton had a minor for hooking in 16:13 in defeat. There's still no word as of yet on what Jokerit will do with forward Saku Salminen.

KHL Game Day: 8-26-15

Nizhnekamsk 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a third period power play helper to help Yugra tie their opener with Nizhnekamsk 1-1. But, under 4 minutes later, Evgeny Griogorenko had his second goal of the game to lift Nizhnekamsk to the 2-1 win. Gusev played 19:45 in the match.

KHL Game Day: 8-25-15

Novgorod 3 vs. Yaroslavl 2 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 20:44 of ice time and unsuccessful in his lone shootout attempt in Novgorod's 3-2 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov had the shootout winner for Novgorod.

Astana 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had the game winning goal and added an assist in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 win over Astana.

Elsewhere in the KHL, Jokerit defeated Cherepovets 3-2 in their opening match of the season. Jokerit property Saku Salminen was cut from the team's KHL roster toward the end of preseason and it is yet to be determined where he will play this season. Last season, Jokerit loaned Salminen to SM-liiga side HPK for the 2014-2015 campaign. The Finnish league's regular season is slated to begin on 9-11-15.

Tampa Bay Announces Prospect Tournament Roster

(Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced the 23-man roster that will represent the team at the 2015 Prospect Tournament, which the Lightning are hosting for the first time in franchise history, at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida from September 12-15. The Lightning team is also expected to practice at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum on September 10 and 11 before heading to Estero. Practice times are TBA.

Lightning Looking for New ECHL Affiliate

The Lightning are in search of a new ECHL affiliate this week after the club was forced to cut ties with the Florida Everblades after a 5-year relationship.

The ECHL voted to have only single NHL affiliations with their 28 clubs, and with both the Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes sharing the Everblades, one had to go. The decision was easy for Florida since Carolina Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos also owns the Everblades.

The Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed the move by removing the Everblades from the affiliation section of its website.

Bolts Ink Tye McGinn to a One Year Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McGinn, 24, skated in 51 games in the NHL last season, splitting time between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes, posting two goals and seven points. The Fergus, Ontario native began the 2014-15 season with the Sharks, appearing in 33 games and recorded a goal and five points. After being traded to the Coyotes, McGinn recorded one goal and two points in 18 games.

2015 Supplemental Prospect Rankings

Introduction

After many days of careful debate and examination, Bolt Prospects is ready to announce its 2014-2015 Supplemental Rankings with the addition of the Lightning’s 2015 NHL Entry Draft class. The team's 2015 draft strategy seems in some ways to represent a shifting of gears by a team that appears to have taken the leap into elite status. With no glaring organizational holes after having addressed the defenseman position last summer and with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in their back pocket, this year's draft strategy appears to have moved away from the goal of adding cornerstone pieces or addressing organizational holes and toward the goal of adding the type of grit and depth necessary to win the sport's greatest prize. As you read the Supplemental Rankings, you'll see that as a common thread throughout almost all of the 2015 draftees. In addition, you'll see how the rankings take into account the results of the team's recent summer rookie camp, which was the first opportunity to evaluate the postseason development track of some prospects and see how new prospects stacked up against returnees.

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