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2016 U20 WJC Update: 1-2-17

Please follow Bolt Prospects on Twitter for full coverage of the Lightning prospects at the 2016 U20 WJC's. Here are the game updates for the round robin preliminary round games and today's Quarterfinal match...

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-27-16 Hurricanes at Lightning

Valiant Third Period comeback bid by Junior Lightning gives hope for the future.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 15 shots for ye old backdoor loss. It was a respectable outing for both netminders who get additional time thanks to the World Cup of Hockey.

First Period
19:07 CAR Br. Sutter (1), (Foegele)

Second Period
10:26 CAR Wallmark (1), (Kuokkanen)
11:28 CAR Skinner (1), (Stempniak, Pesce)

Third Period
11:28 TB Point (1), (Johnson, Hajek)
18:41 TB Imama (1), (Vermin, Cerelli)

Brayden Point was the game's third star.

This is going to be a strange camp/preseason because of it being chopped up by the WCOH. The silver lining is some extra time for potential future contributors like Point, who didn't embarrass themselves tonight. Among those prospects, the ice time was as follows, revealing more who the organization wanted to take a long early look at for the future than who they trust and are thinking about from an NHL roster standpoint for this season...

Centers

Brett Howden was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:50. He was also 44% on 9 draws.

Point had a goal and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:38. He was also 57% on 7 draws.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and 1 shot in 15:36. He was also 39% on 18 draws.

Wingers
Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 15:19.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:04.

Dennis Yan had 2 penalty minutes in 12:40.

Boko Imama had 1 goal, 3 shots, and 2 hits in 10:28. He also killed 0 Hurricanes with his fists... this time.

Defensemen
Libor Hajek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in a hefty 20:45.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:59.

Matthew Spencer was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 18:51.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:23.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Signs F Anthony Cirelli to Entry-Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Anthony Cirelli to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Cirelli, 18, played in 62 games with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League this season, recording 21 goals and 59 points to go along with 27 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the team for assists (38) and points. The Woodbridge, Ontario native also led all Oshawa skaters for power-play goals (10) and power-play points (16). Cirelli made his pro debut with the Syracuse Crunch on April 15, 2016 in a match-up against the Utica Comets.

The 6-foot, 171-pound forward has skated in 130 career OHL games over two seasons with the Generals, registering 34 goals and 95 points to go along with 49 penalty minutes. During his rookie campaign in 2014-15, Cirelli led all Oshawa rookies for points, also ranking ninth in the OHL in that category.

Cirelli was selected by the Lightning in the third round, 75th overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft.

BP Commentary:

Not mentioned in the Lightning's release is the face Cirelli was named captain of the Gens after the trade deadline this year. The Gens were in a rebuilding year after winning the Memorial Cup last spring on Cirelli's double overtime goal. He's a do-it-all player who has a high level of will and grit to battle along the boards or in front of the net, where he scored the Cup-winning goal. As with Vlad Namestnikov at this age, Cirelli has a lot of weight and bulk to add to his frame, but he has the makings of a versatile NHL forward one day who can excel in the faceoff circle.

He played fourth line with the Gens early in the championship year and worked his way up to Line 3 and eventually some scoring line time. He was a first-liner from the get-go last season and will be a focal point of Oshawa next year when he returns to the OHL.

Cirelli's journey to the NHL will likely include at least a couple years with Syracuse, but his versatility could get him there sooner than expected. Being prepared physically for the day-to-day grind of pro hockey will be a determining factor, but there's plenty of time for that.

Cirelli didn't have to be signed this spring as the Lightning had until next June to ink him to a contract. It was a nice gesture of confidence by Tampa Bay to do so now, and they could make a similar gesture to Mathieu Joseph of Saint John of the QMJHL, who had a similar breakout season to Cirelli. Another prospect signing to watch out for is Boko Imama, also of Saint John, who is eligible to play in the AHL next year. Imama could also come to camp without a contract and if the Lightning see fit, could send him back to the Q as an overager to continue his development. He could fulfill the David Broll-role with the Crunch next year, however.

Stephens, Cirelli Get First Taste of Pro Hockey with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

There were two new faces on the ice for Syracuse Crunch practice Tuesday.

Mitchell Stephens and Anthony Cirelli, two Tampa Bay Lightning picks from the 2015 draft, took the ice for the first time in Syracuse after signing amateur tryouts with the Crunch this week. The split practice involved lots of shooting and possession drills for the two centers, who stuck together throughout most of the workouts.

Although Stephens and Cirelli will likely return to their respective junior teams next season, the Lightning organization wanted both players to get a sample of the game at the pro level.

“They’re two smart hockey players,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “They both have another year of junior left, but we wanted to get them in here and give them a taste of pro hockey. We’ll see -- I’m not sure -- whether they’ll play or not. We’ll see what happens over the course of the next five games.”

Anthony Cirelli

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
165
Born: 
07/15/1997
Age: 
20
Hometown: 
Woodbridge, ONT
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#72) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Energy third liner with high character intangibles

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2015
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
72
Draft Team: 
Oshawa (OHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
05/19/2016
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$717 500
Contract Start Year: 
2017
Contract End Year: 
2020
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$575 000
Salary: 
$650 000
Salary: 
$650 000

Bio

Awards: 

2014-15

  • Memorial Cup Champion
  • OHL Champion

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Was stuck as 3rd line centre behind two junior superstars so he never saw any PP icetime or quality offensive zone starts. But he was really impressive in a support role, and looks like he has the skill to put up a lot more points next year." -RLR

"Tenacious player with an honest work ethic. He is a decent skater who is always moving his feet and has a wide based stride, but lacks the strength in his stride at this point. He has good offensive skills and is able to play with skilled players. Shows a strong commitment to the back check and the defensive side of the game". -ISS

Strengths: 

High character late bloomer came out of nowhere to win a spot on Oshawa's roster. Filled a third line role this season and showed himself to be very proficient defensively. Relentless in all three zones, including on the forecheck, and thinks the game well positionally.

Weaknesses: 

Speed is considered average by some. There is some question about how skilled he truly is, as he didn't get to show much in the role he played in Oshawa. Needs to bulk up more to play the pro game.

Projection: 

Energy third liner with high character intangibles

Statistics

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Mississauga Reps Min Midget AAAGTMMHL33 9 716 6|        
 2013-2014 Mississauga Reps Midget AAAGTHL31 10 1828 6|        
  Mississauga ChargersOJHL1 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
 2014-2015 Oshawa GeneralsOHL68 13 2336 22|Playoffs21 2 810
  Oshawa GeneralsM-Cup4 2 13 0|        
 2015-2016 Oshawa GeneralsOHL62 21 3859 27|Playoffs5 2 35
  Syracuse CrunchAHL3 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 Oshawa GeneralsOHL26 13 2134 8|        
  Erie OttersOHL25 12 1830 4|Playoffs22 15 1631
  Erie OttersM-Cup5 1 78 0|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs6 0 00
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 1 01 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 3 47 2|        
 2017-2018 Tampa Bay LightningNHL18 5 611 6|Playoffs17 2 13
  Syracuse CrunchAHL51 14 2337 14|        
 2018-2019 Tampa Bay LightningNHL- - -- -|        

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