Here's the two groupings for the Tampa Bay Prospect Development Camp that starts Wednesday, July 3 and continues through the weekend.
Forwards (8): DiGiacinto, Drouin, Erne, Point, Richard, Salminen, Smith, Vermin
Defense (5): Blujus, Curran, MacLeod, Renouf, Thomas
Goaltending (2): Vasilevsky, Witt
Forwards (7): Costello, Darcy, Hart, Ikonen, Maclise, O'Donnell, Robinson
Defense (6): DeAngelo, Dotchin, Koekkoek, Masin, Milan
Goaltending (2): Gudlevskis, Wilcox
Apologies for the delayed observations but personal circumstances have necessitated a combined summary of impressions from several days I attended.
The bulk of the following observations stem from last Wednesday's 3-on-3 tournament action (I was unable to make it Tuesday) although some does come from the on-ice sessions last Sunday and Monday. Here are some thoughts on a limited number of camp participants, from those I went out of my way to watch and those my eyes kept being drawn to:
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the 2013 Development Camp roster and schedule today. The team will host 31 players consisting of 20 forwards, seven defensemen and four goaltenders. The on-ice portion of the camp will begin Saturday, July 6 and run through Wednesday, July 10 at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. The camp is free and open to the public.
The development camp will feature some of the Lightning’s top prospects competing in on and off-ice workouts, skating drills and will culminate with the annual 3-on-3 tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday. The final day of the tournament will be streamed live on www.TampaBayLightning.com with live play-by-play by Lightning Radio announcer Dave Mishkin.
The third overall selection of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, will be at this year’s camp. All six of the Lightning’s selections from last weekend’s draft in Newark will attend the camp. Also included on the camp roster are defenseman Slater Koekkoek and goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy, both former first-round picks, as well as forwards Brian Hart (2nd Round, 2012) and Nikita Kucherov (2nd Round) from the 2011 draft.
Of those players attending the camp, there are seven invitees, four players signed as free agents, and 20 draftees. The drafted players feature six from the 2013 draft, eight from the 2012 draft, four from 2011 and two from 2010.
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the roster for their 2011 development camp today. The roster, which includes three former first round picks, consists of 17 forwards, nine defensemen and four goaltenders. The camp will be held Wednesday, July 6 though Wednesday, July 13 at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, FL. The camp is open to the public and the schedule will be released at a later date.
Highlights of the roster include the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Brett Connolly, who recently signed an entry-level contract with the Lightning, as well as this summerâ€™s first-round selection, Vladislav Namestnikov. Former first-round pick Carter Ashton and highly-touted prospect Richard Panik are also expected to attend.
Of the attendees, only James Wright played a game in the NHL last season, while 10 players played at least one in the American Hockey League. The roster also includes 22 players drafted by the Lightning, three signed as free agents and five invitees.
Included in the roster are four players from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, recently held at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Those players are Namestnikov, forwards Ondrej Palat and Matthew Peca, as well as goaltender Adam Wilcox.
The youngest player is Peca, at 18 years and two months, while the oldest is Jeff Dimmen at 25-years-old.
Free agent invitees include forwards Cory Conacher, Gabriel Desjardins, Philip-Michael Devos, Seth Griffith and blueliner Jeff Dimmen. Dimmen and Devos have AHL contracts in place with the Norfolk Admirals for the 2011-12 season.
Complete roster attached to this story.
Kval till Elitserien
Sodertalje 3 @ MODO 2(SO)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Julian Jacobsen scored a goal and had the shootout winner to lead Sodertalje to a 3-2 shootout win over MODO in the first game of the ten game promotion/relegation round. Sodertalje and 5 other clubs from the Elitserien and Allsvenskan will battle for two spots in the top league next year. Because its victory was not in regulation, Sodertalje only earned 2 points of a possible 3 for the win.
KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(7)Dynamo Riga 2 @ (1)Yaroslavl 6
Yaroslavl Leads the Series 3-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 17-15-32, -3, 46 PIM
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, E, 8 PIM
The end may be near for Martins Karsums and Riga. The forward was scoreless in 13:11 in Riga's Game Four blowout loss to Yaroslavl. Ex-NHLers Karel Rachunek and Pavol Demitra each had 1 goal and 1 assist for Lokomotiv to help stake the club to a 3-1 series lead.
NORFOLK, Va. â€“ The Norfolk Admirals opened their 2010 training camp today with 30 players on their roster.
Joining the 21 players assigned by the Lightning to Norfolk on Sunday will be the following eight players on tryout invites: forwards Shea Guthrie, Alexandre Imbeault and Francis Lemieux; defensemen Craig Cescon, Mitch McColm, Troy Milam, Philippe Paquet and Bob Raymond. On Monday, the Lightning placed also placed forward Chris Durno on waivers for purposes of reassignment to Norfolk.
Training camp will open with fifteen forwards, eleven defensemen and two goaltenders. At forward are Chris Durno, Blair Jones, Mike Angelidis, Stefano Giliati, Paul Szczechura, Mitch Fadden, Juraj Simek, Shea Guthrie, James Wright, Francis Lemieux, Alexandre Imbeault, Alex Hutchings, Tim Marks, Alex Berry, Mitch Fritz, Niklas Persson and Matt Fornataro. On defense are Philippe Paquet, Kevin Quick, Craig Cescon, Ty Wishart, Mark Barberio, Scott Jackson, Radko Gudas, Bob Raymond, Mitch McColm, Troy Milam and Vladimir Mihalik. At goaltender are Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski.
Durno, Jones, Angelidis, Szczechura, Simek, Fritz and Mihalik are currently on waivers until noon on Tuesday. If they clear, they will officially join Norfolk's training camp.
Of the players currently in training camp, thirteen played for the Admirals in 2009-10: Quick, Wishart, Jones, Szczechura, Fadden, Simek, Jackson, Marks, Fritz, Fornataro, Mihalik, Janus and Tokarski.
redwingscentral.com has posted the Lightning's Traverse City Prospects Tournament roster. The pre-training camp warm-up tourney is scheduled for September 11-15 in Traverse City, MI.
The roster includes 15 Lightning prospects and 7 free agent invitees. The roster features the goaltending tandem of Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus, as well as 2010 #6 overall pick Brett Connolly. Five other 2010 draftees, all defensemen, make up one of the tournament's youngest bluelines and includes Brock Beukeboom, Radko Gudas, Adam Janosik, Geoffrey Schemitsch, and Teigan Zahn. The only other backliner is '08 draftee Mark Barberio.
The roster sports seven free agent tryouts, all forwards, including three returnees from the July Prospect Camp in Tampa. Getting a second look will be Jonathan Lessard, Andrew Agozzino, and the hat-trick star of the Young Guns scrimmage Brandon Hynes. Tim Marks, currently under AHL contract with the Norfolk Admirals, gets his chance to continue on the path to be the organization's next Paul Szczechura. Matt Butcher joins the Bolts squad as a graduate of Northern Michigan University, a prolific scorer in the BCHL and an unsigned 2005 5th round pick of the Vancouver Canucks. The final two invitees include Marc-Olivier Vachon, a diminutive winger who was coached by Guy Boucher at Drummondville during the '08-'09 season, and Harvard graduate Doug Rogers. Rogers, an unsigned '06 draftee of the New York Islanders, played alongside Lightning prospect Alex Killorn for the last couple years for the Crimson.
Conspicuous in their absence from the TC roster are goaltender Michael Zador, and forwards Brendan O'Donnell, and James Mullin. Zador is expected to return to the nets for Oshawa (OHL) this coming season, while '10 draftees O'Donnell and Mullin are expecting to play for Penticton (BCHL) and Fargo (USHL), respectively.
This roster has been officially confirmed by the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
Sault Ste. Marie team site SooToday.com is confirming that Lightning 2010 3rd round draft pick Brock Beukeboom has been invited to Team Canada's Junior Team development camp scheduled for August 5-7 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Beukeboom will join 40+ players vying for a spot on Team Canadaâ€™s entry at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship set to be held in Buffalo and Niagara, New York.
â€œThis is a great opportunity for me to get a real taste of the best in Junior Hockey and to prove that I can play there,â€ explained Beukeboom.
BoltProspects expects Beukeboom to also suit up for the Lightning's entry into the Traverse City Prospects tournament scheduled for September 11-15 in Traverse City, MI.
Confirming a report from couple of days ago on redwingscentral.com, the St. Pete Times is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning will return to the annual Red Wings hosted prospects tournament in Traverse City, MI on Sept 11-15. Regular attendees in the past, the previous ownership group of the Lightning suspended the team's involvement in the yearly event. The Lightning will be replacing the Atlanta Thrashers in the 8 team tourney, as former Lightning GM Rick Dudley now at the helm of the Thrashers have withdrawn from involvement this year. It is rumored that between trades made by Dudley and former GM Don Waddell, Atlanta no longer has enough prospects to field a team to participate in the Traverse City event.
The Times also is reporting that all signs point towards Jim Johnson returning to the helm of the Norfolk Admirals next season. The Times quotes Lightning GM Steve Yzerman as saying, "We're on the same page," with regard to Johnson and his continued involvement with the organization. Johnson is currently running the ongoing Development Camp that finishes up Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. with the Young Guns scrimmage, which is free and open to the public.
NORFOLK, Va. â€“ Norfolk Admirals forward and Lightning prospect Martins Karsums has been named to Team Latvia for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Karsums, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound forward from Riga, Latvia, has appeared in 30 games for the Admirals this season and has three goals and 11 points with an even plus/minus rating. Karsums has been heating up of late and shows two goals and six points in his last five games with Norfolk.