North American Juniors
Montreal Juniors 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4 (OT)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Fresh off signing an entry level contract with the Lightning, Landry earned a primary assist on Montrealâ€™s game-tying goal late in the third period in his season debut, but the Juniors fell in OT to Vincent Lecavalierâ€™s alma mater 4-3. Landry was on the ice for the game winner. Rimouski only dressed 14 skaters (4 defensemen), yet overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win. Landry was credited with 2 hits in the game. Alex Emond (undrafted) had a hattrick for Rimouski.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Janosik earned the primary assist on the game opening goal as the Olympiques cruised to an easy 6-0 pasting of the Huskies.
Vernon Vipers 3 @ Penticton Vees 2
F Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
The Vees now have two wins and a loss on the year.
2010 third round pick Brock Beukeboom and seventh round pick Teigan Zahn will not attend Tampa Bay's training camp this week. Both were originally on the training camp roster released to the media, but a decision was made over the course of the Traverse City prospects tournament to send Beukeboom back to Sault Ste. Marie and Zahn back to Saskatoon.
Beukeboom will join the OHL Greyhounds where he will look to build upon last year's career highs of 7 goals, 19 assists, and 26 points. The 6'2" defenseman recently was a part of Team Canada's summer development camp in preparation for this winter's World Junior Championships.
Zahn was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. It was thought he was drafted by the Bolts in 2010 to provide immediate defensive depth in the organization, either in AHL Norfolk or with the ECHL Everblades. However, barring unforeseen circumstances, he will not be signed this year and will instead play as an overager for the WHL Blades.
North American Juniors (NAJ) Game Night
Penticton Vees 1 @ Westside Warriors 0 (9/10/2010)
F Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Oâ€™Donnellâ€™s BCHL debut was a good one as he registered a point in his first game when he set up Joey Holka, a St. Cloud State commit, in the second period for what ended up being the game's only goal. Oâ€™Donnell had 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points in 53 games last year for the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The 2010 6th round draft pick of the Lightning and North Dakota commit was acquired by Penticton in the offseason.
Westside Warriors 2 @ Penticton Vees 4 (9/11/2010)
F Brendan Oâ€™Donnell, PEN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Wearing No.91 for the Vees, Oâ€™Donnell scored his first BCHL goal on the power play in the first period to tie the game at 1 for Penticton. The Vees would later go down 2-1 but storm back in the third period with 3 goals.
Sault Ste. Marie team site SooToday.com is confirming that Lightning 2010 3rd round draft pick Brock Beukeboom has been invited to Team Canada's Junior Team development camp scheduled for August 5-7 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Beukeboom will join 40+ players vying for a spot on Team Canadaâ€™s entry at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship set to be held in Buffalo and Niagara, New York.
â€œThis is a great opportunity for me to get a real taste of the best in Junior Hockey and to prove that I can play there,â€ explained Beukeboom.
BoltProspects expects Beukeboom to also suit up for the Lightning's entry into the Traverse City Prospects tournament scheduled for September 11-15 in Traverse City, MI.
(HockeyProspect.com) Whether the game be played at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, or at the Ice Sports Palace Sibir in Russia, many young and talented hockey players looking to enter North American professional hockey acknowledge the pressure that hangs on their draft year.
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft was no exception, as many players from all over the world came together in Los Angeles just after taking part in their draft year.
Brett Connolly of the Prince George Cougars was no exception.
To read this interview, including Connolly's thoughts on being drafted, his immediate future, and Lightning Director of Player Personnel Jim Hammett's thoughts on the pick and Connolly's health, see HockeyProspect.com by clicking here.