Ashton, Carter

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/1/10

Ashton scores his first (and fights) ... Connolly, Schemitsch, O'Donnell with points ... Zador improves to 3-0 ... A full night of action for Lightning NAJ prospects.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/29/10

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Ashton notched his first point of the season when he set up Colin Reddin (undrafted) for Regina’s second goal, cutting Swift Current’s lead to 3-2 in the third period. The Pats would add two more goals in the span of just over two minutes to earn their first win of the year (1-2).

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/26/10

BCHL

Penticton Vees 0 @ Quesnel Millionaires 2
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 9 GP, 2-3-5, 6 PIM

O’Donnell remains third on the Vees in scoring. Penticton sits in third in the Interior Conference at 5-4-0-0. They were playing for the fourth consecutive night and fifth game in the last six days. The Vees went 3-2 in the 5 games. They’re now off until Thursday.

QMJHL

Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM

Janosik (pictured) earned his third point of the season, though it came in a loss to Shawinigan. The Olympiques outshot the Cataractes 41-16. Jean-Sebastien Boucher (undrafted), playing in his first game, stopped just 10 of 15 shots for Gatineau. Shawinigan added an empty netter.

WHL

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Regina Pats 1
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing)
09-10 Season Totals: 64 GP, 24-27-51, -12, 102 PIM

Ashton made his season debut for the Pats, but Regina fell in another close game to Brandon. Regina is now 0-2 on the young season. Ashton is wearing an alternate captain’s A on his sweater this year. The former first round pick of the Bolts scored two goals in NHL exhibition play last week before being returned to his junior team.

North American Juniors Game Day: 9/24/10

Connolly scores in his first game back ... Schemitsch nets his first ... Nearly a full lineup of Lightning prospect games as the OHL and WHL get underway.

Bolts Send Three Top Prospects Back to Juniors

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their preseason roster by three today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning now have 49 players remaining on their exhibition roster as the team prepares for the final contest on its four-game road trip tomorrow night in Calgary.

The three players who have been reassigned to their junior clubs are as follows:

RW Carter Ashton -- Regina (WHL)
RW Brett Connolly -- Prince George (WHL)
RW Richard Panik -- Belleville (OHL)

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/23/10 Lightning at Oilers

Yeah, we at BoltProspects always liked Magnus Paajarvi in his draft year.

TB-2
EDM-5

Dan Ellis allowed 5 goals on 21 shots for the loss. Ugly stat line.

First Period
TB 4:33, Jones 1 (Purcell, Persson)
EDM 15:09, Paajarvi 1 (Belle, Plante)
EDM 18:34, Cogliano 1 (PP) (Foster, Paajarvi)

Second Period
EDM 6:50, Paajarvi 2 (PP) (Penner, Plante)

Third Period
EDM 7:57, Hall 1 (PP) (unassisted)
EDM 9:52, Paajarvi 3 (SH) (Foster)
TB 17:19, Ashton 1 (PP) (Wright, Clark)

Not an entirely surprising outcome, I suppose, considering Edmonton had most of its regular skaters going against the Lightning's lower liners, AHLers, and prospects. The only thing really concerning is to allow 5 goals on 21 shots in that scenario. Still, I wouldn't read much into tonight unless they get blown out in Calgary against the Fighting Feasters on Saturday with most of the regulars in.

Carter Ashton had 1 goal and was +1 with 1 shot and a slashing minor in 13:26. I'm of the opinion it would behoove the Lightning to, at the very least, use the 9 game tryout on Ashton. If he can stick on the team and develop over the course of the year, he could give the Lightning a lot of roster flexibility in February.

Brett Connolly was even with 1 shot in 12:13. I think he'll get a contract and then be ushered away to Prince George fairly soon.

Radko Gudas was even with 1 shot in 13:51. I doubt he makes it past the first round of cuts. He needs to get stronger and he needs some seasoning in Norfolk.

Johan Harju was -1 with 1 shot in 13:20. He got more ice time than the 9:30 Linus Omark got for the Oilers. I expect him to be on the bubble another week.

Blair Jones was -1 in 12:53. He could not duplicate what he did against the Hawks, which is the story of Blair's pro career. Probably on the bubble another week.

Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot and a hooking minor in 16:43. He might survive the first round of cuts, but I doubt he survives the second.

Niklas Persson had 1 assist and was +1 with 2 shots in 16:09. Niklas seems to be on track to make the team. In fact, he might be the first of the bubble guys to move into the safe column.

Dana Tyrell was even with 2 shots in 14:02. He'll stay on the bubble another week, I think.

Michael Vernace was -1 with 1 shot in 22:02. He got a ton of ice time given Boucher's familiarity with him, but he was awful, by all accounts.

Box score from Yahoo! Sports.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/22/10 Blackhawks at Lightning (in Winnipeg)

Still, so far so good.

CHI-2
TB-4

Cedrick Desjardins got the win for the Lightning.

Steven Stamkos, Carter Ashton, Simon Gagne, and Blair Jones had the Lightning's goals.

Barberio, Giliati Score in Team Black Shootout Win

2008 draft pick Mark Barberio scored an unassisted goal 40 seconds into the 2nd half of Sunday's training camp scrimmage to give Team Black a 2-0 lead. Team Black had posted the only marker in the 1st half as 2010 1st rounder Brett Connolly and Martin St. Louis assisted on a Steven Stamkos tally. Prospect Stefano Giliati, an off-season acquisition from Toronto in the Matt Lashoff trade, opened the scoring for Team White with assists from 2006 draftee Kevin Quick and Dominic Moore. Simon Gagne then netted his first goal in a Lightning jersey, the equalizer for Team White, with assists from James Wright and 2009 1st rounder Carter Ashton.

Ashton, Juraj Simek, Niklas Persson, Connolly, and Marc-Andre Pouliot all missed shootout attempts before former Bolt and training camp invitee Eric Perrin won the match for Team Black in the shootout. Mike Smith stopped 20 of 22 for Team White, while Dan Ellis stopped 18 of 20 for Team Black.

Panik Rings Up A Deuce On Saturday

Richard Panik notched two goals leading Team White in a 6-2 victory over Team Black in Saturday's Training Camp scrimmage. It was an impressive outing for the 2009 2nd round pick, who came to training camp still without a entry-level contract and questions whether his 2010-11 destination is Belleville or Norfolk. Swedish free agent acquisition Niklas Persson also made quite an impression tallying two goals of his own for Team White. James Wright scored a goal and added an assist, building upon his team leading efforts at the recent Traverse City prospects tournament. 2007 draft pick Johan Harju added two assists for White, while first rounders Carter Ashton, Vladimir Mihalik and Brett Connolly also assisted on goals.

Prospects Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslav Janus split 20 minutes each in net for Team White. Janus stopped a perfect 5 shots in light duty, while Tokarski turned away 17 of 19 shots.

Connolly Scores Twice in Traverse City Opener

The Lightning's 2010 1st round pick Brett Connolly tallied a first period and a third period goal in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the opening game of the 2010 Traverse City prospects tournament Saturday night. Connolly's first period tally was assisted by 2009 1st round pick Carter Ashton, as he and Connolly combined for 10 of Tampa's 26 shots on goal. James Wright and Mark Barberio assisted on Connolly's 3rd period marker with Wright sporting a team high +2 along with 3 shots of his own. 2010 3rd rounder Brock Beukeboom was the only other Lightning plus player in the game.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 31 of 34 shots in the loss. Radko Gudas had a huge hit in the 3rd period, while Teigan Zahn dropped the gloves for a 1st period bout against Cody Beach. Of the free agent invitees, forward Andrew Agozzino rang up 3 shots on goal.

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