Florida completed their preseason 2-0 by beating the newest version of the Solar Bears 5-1 on Saturday, a day after beating them 6-3.
ORL – 1
FLA – 5
Lightning prospect Pat Nagle sat backup to Rob Madore, who stopped 23 of 24 shots. Madore was 5-21-1 last year for the University of Vermont and was a teammate of former Lightning prospect Matt Marshall the last four years. Dan Milan (pictured) was scoreless and plus-2 for the ‘Blades on Saturday. He was on the ice, killing a penalty when Florida scored their fourth goal.
Florida starts their regular season on Friday at home against Orlando. The ‘Blades and Solar Bears will play four games to start the regular season.
The ECHL preseason got underway for the defending champion Florida Everblades on Friday night, as they the return of the Orlando Solar Bears with a 6-3 victory.
ORL – 3
FLA – 6
Lightning prospect Pat Nagle went the distance in net for the ‘Blades, stopping 29 of 32 shots. Dan Milan, playing his first professional game, was scoreless with a shot on goal and two penalty minutes.
The two teams face off again on Saturday night.
The Syracuse Crunch will open training camp on September 28 with more talent than they originally expected. The NHL lockout forced the postponement of the Lightning’s training camp and subsequently meant all prospects and young NHLers expected to start the year in Tampa will now start the year in the AHL.
While that’s bad news for the Tampa Bay media and fans, it’s good news for the Syracuse fan base, who at this point is like a kid with a birthday the day after Christmas. Not only does a championship team show up at their arena’s front door, now they get a significant upgrade in talent to a team that was already expected to compete for a championship.
This is also good news for the Florida Everblades – another team coming off a championship – as they’ll get the players pushed down from Syracuse.
The question is who?
Here’s a look at the latest minor pro organizational roster of the Tampa Bay Lightning and some notes and predictions for each player, broken down by position.
TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have renewed their affiliation agreement with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL today, assistant general manager Julien BriseBois announced. Florida will continue to serve as the Lightningâ€™s primary ECHL affiliate and they will provide the Everblades with players under both NHL and AHL contracts.
â€œWe are very happy to continue our partnership with the Florida Everblades,â€ BriseBois said. â€œThe Everblades and their management have a strong track record of providing a winning environment for our prospects to develop in and we look forward to helping them win another Kelly Cup."