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.