Hutchings, Alex

Bolts Send 12 Prospects to Norfolk; 21 Total Players

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their roster by 21 players today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The team now has 28 players in camp. All 21 players will report to the Norfolk Admirals training camp, which begins on Tuesday.

The prospects that were reassigned to Norfolk include forwards Mitch Fadden, Stefano Giliati, Alex Hutchings, Juraj Simek, and the barely graduated James Wright and Paul Szczechura; defensemen Mark Barberio, Radko Gudas, Scott Jackson, Vladimir Mihalik, Kevin Quick, and Ty Wishart; and goaltenders Jaroslav Janus and Dustin Tokarski.

Overage prospects cut from the Lightning training camp include forwards Mike Angelidis, Alex Berry, Mitch Fritz, Blair Jones, and Niklas Persson.

Forwards Matt Fornataro and Tim Marks, who were invited to the Tampa camp as try-outs, have AHL contracts with the Admirals and will join the Lightning organizational players for the opening of the Norfolk training camp on Tuesday.

Angelidis, Fritz, Jones, Mihalik, Simek, and Szczechura must all clear waivers before their reassignment to Norfolk is complete.

Hutchings Officially a Bolt

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed left wing Alex Hutchings to a standard, three-year entry-level contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Hutchings, 5-foot-10, 173 pounds, played in 68 games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League last season, recording 47 goals and 81 points. He ranked second on the Colts in goals and points. Hutchings was tied for fourth in the OHL for goals. His plus-44 rating was also third on the team. Hutchings played in 13 playoff games with Barrie last season, notching two goals and 10 points.

A native of Burlington, Ontario, Hutchings has played in 229 career OHL games, all with the Colts, registering 111 goals and 208 points. During the 2008-09 season he led the Colts in goals with 34, assists with 34, points with 68 and plus/minus with a plus-27. He also led Barrie with 29 goals and 54 points in 2007-08.

Hutchings was named to the OHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team during both the 2008-09 and 2007-08 seasons.

Hutchings, 19, was drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round, 93rd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He will be participating in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which gets under way tomorrow with the first scheduled practice.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

Prospect Camp Preliminary Roster

The Lightning have assembled a preliminary roster for the upcoming prospects camp July 10-14 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The following roster, courtesy of Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, includes at least three goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 17 forwards. All 2010 draft choices will be participating.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-4-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ St. John Sea Dogs 6
QMJHL Finals, Game 3. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 5-15-20, +8, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

St. John raced out to 2-0 and 5-1 leads to help them to a big 6-4 in Game 3 of the QMJHL Finals to make it a series again. Moncton had won their team-record last eight playoff road games. Barberio has five assists so far this series. Game 4 is Friday in Moncton.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley, a possibility for the Lightning at No.6 in the summer’s draft, was scoreless in Game 3. Gormley Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 2-15-17, +14, 2 PIM.

OHL

Barrie Colts 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 6
OHL Finals, Game 4. Windsor wins Best of 7 Series 4-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, hooking)
Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 2-8-10, +4, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Hutchings set up the game’s first goal when he found Luke Pither on the power play, but it wasn’t going to be Barrie’s night as Windsor scored the game’s final four goals and clinched the Robertson Cup with a stunning sweep of top-ranked Barrie. Barring a surprise, this ends the junior career of Hutchings, who is set to get a contract from Tampa Bay this spring and likely be in AHL Norfolk next season. Hutchings had a somewhat forgettable playoffs for his standards, scoring only twice in 13 games and only registering an assist in the finals. He also battled a groin injury that caused him to miss an entire series, however. He did set personal highs for playoff games played with 13, assists (8) and points (10). He had three goals in five playoff games last year.

If this was indeed Hutchings’ last OHL game, he finishes his career with a combined (regular season and playoffs) 116 goals, 114 assists, and 230 points in 256 games.

Draft Watch
Windsor defenseman Cam Fowler, who will likely go at No. 3 or 4 in this summer’s draft, was First Star in Game 4. He had two goals and an assist in the game to increase his playoff totals to 3-11-14. Taylor Hall, who will go No.1 or 2, also had two goals and an assist in Game 4, giving him 17-18-35 in 19 playoff games. He did not win the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as playoff MVP, however, as that went to Adam Henrique (Devils 3/08), who had 20-5-25 to take the honors.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-2-10

QMJHL

St. John Sea Dogs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 9
QMJHL Finals, Game 2. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 2-0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 5-13-18, +8, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Moncton held at home in Game 2, destroying St. John 9-3. It was the first time the Sea Dog’s franchise has allowed at least eight goals in a playoff game. Barberio is tied for the league lead in playoff points among defensemen with the Sea Dogs’ Simon Despress (Penguins 1/09). Game 3 is Tuesday in St. John.

Draft Watch
Moncton defenseman Brandon Gormley scored had two assists for the Wildcats. He was also plus-1 in the game. Gormley Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 2-15-17, +14, 2 PIM.

OHL

Barrie Colts 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
OHL Finals, Game 3. Windsor leads Best of 7 Series 3-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Series Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 12 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

Windsor won their seventh straight game, defeating the Colts 5-2 at home. Barrie is one loss away from being eliminated. Hutchings has not registered a point in the series. Game 4 is Tuesday in Windsor.

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