European Leagues

Bolt Prospects 2011-2012 Preliminary Rankings

Now that the season has begun, it's time to update our prospect rankings here on Bolt Prospects. Readers of the site know the drill, as we update our rankings three times during the season and add Supplemental Rankings shortly after the draft each year. But, for new readers, or for those who might've forgotten the rules, here's our legal disclaimer regarding prospect eligibility.

Bolt Prospects considers any prospect 24 years of age or older on opening night of the Lightning's season to be an overage prospect and ineligible for inclusion on the list. As a consequence, older prospects like Mattias Ritola, Blair Jones, and Johan Harju are no longer included on our list. The exception to the 24 year old rule is NCAA players, who shall remain eligible for the rankings so long as they remain in college. Bolt Prospects also has rules pertaining to a player's graduation from prospect status that also determines eligibility for the rankings. For skaters, any player who has played 41 or more NHL games in a single season or 82 or more career NHL games is ineligible for the list. As a consequence, players like James Wright and Dana Tyrell are ineligible for the list. For goaltenders, any player who receives 30 or more NHL decisions in a single season or 41 or more NHL decisions in a career is ineligible.

With all that in mind, here are Bolt Prospects 2011-2012 Preliminary Rankings:

KHL Game Day: 10-16-11

KHL (Russia):
Khabarovsk 4 @ Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, ND, 5/8, 35.76 GAA, .625 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-3-0, 0 SO, 2.58 GAA, .924 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was lifted 5:02 into Cherepovets' 4-3 loss to Khabarovsk after allowing 3 goals on 8 shots. Backup Vadim Tarasov stopped 32/33 the rest of the way but still suffered the backdoor loss thanks to a late Cherepovets goal by ex-Bruins draft pick Mikko Lehtonen. Cherepovets draws Novokuznetsk on Tuesday.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Stupino 3 @ CSKA Jr. 0
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 6 GP, 7-4-11, -4, 6 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov was held to a 2 minute minor in CSKA Jr.'s 3-0 shutout loss to Stupino. Kucherov was -4 in the two game set this weekend. CSKA Jr. Plays Khabarovsk Jr. on Wednesday.

European Game Day: 10-15-11

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Stupino 4 @ CSKA Jr. 5
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 5 GP, 7-4-11, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov had a pair of power play goals in CSKA Jr.'s 5-4 comeback win over Stupino. They rematch Stupino on Sunday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ MODO 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 4 PIM

Ex-Wild pick Mika Hannula had a pair of third period goals to lead MODO to a 3-1 win over Lulea. Lulea faces Brynas next on Thursday.

European Game Day: 10-14-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
Ilves 1 @ JYP 3
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 1 SO, 2.04 GAA, .912 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin is heating up for JYP. He had a helper and was second star today in JYP's 3-1 win over Tampere. Ex-Lightning draft pick Matias Sointu was scoreless in the match for Ilves and has a modest 2 assists in 12 games so far this year. JYP squares off with Jokerit next on Tuesday.

KHL (Russia):
Novosibirsk 3 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 31/33, 2.10 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-3-0, 0 SO, 2.23 GAA, .933 sv%

Blues first rounder Vladimir Tarasenkov had 1 goal and 2 assists to lead Novosibirsk to a 3-1 win over Vasily Koshechkin and Cherepovets. The 2010 pick scored the game winning goal in the match. Cherepovets plays Khabarovsk on Sunday.

Nizhnekamsk 3 @ CSKA 2
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 4 GP, 5-4-9, E, 4 PIM

Lending credence to the permanence of his demotion to the junior league, Nikita Kucherov did not dress today in CSKA's 3-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk. The ride on the shuttle appears to be over. Former NHL-er Alexander Korolyuk scored with winner for Nizhnekamsk. CSKA draws Yulaev on Sunday.

European Game Day: 10-13-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 4 @ Lukko 0
Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 18/18, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0, 1 SO, 2.04 GAA, .912 sv%

That's more like it. Riku Helenius made 18 stops to blank Lukko today in JYP's 4-0 victory. Former Lightning forward Eric Perrin led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist in the match. JYP faces Ilves Tampere on Friday and has now moved up to 9th in the 14 team league.

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Kirov-Chepetsk 1 @ Chelyabinsk Jr. 7
Nikita Nesterov, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-6-11, +12, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov had a power play assist and even strength goal in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 7-1 thumping of Kirov-Chepetsk. They draw Novosibirsk Jr. on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 2 @ Skelleftea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 4 PIM

Erik Forssell had a pair of third period goals to lead Skelleftea to a 3-2 victory over Lulea. Lulea draws MODO on Saturday.

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