TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reduced their training camp roster by 18 today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning’s camp roster now sits at 40, with 23 forwards, 14 defensemen and three goaltenders.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez, KRISS-turs) to a three-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Gudlevskis was recently drafted in the fifth round, 124th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in Newark, New Jersey.
Gudlevskis, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, played in 56 games with HC Riga in Russia’s top junior league, the MHL, last season, posting a 27-18 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.09 goals-against average with three shutouts. He ranked fourth in the MHL for save percentage among goaltenders with more than seven games played and sixth for goals-against average. Gudlevskis’ three shutouts were tied for 10th in the league. He also appeared in three playoff games. Gudlevskis also played in two games with the Riga Dinamo of the KHL last season, his debut in Europe’s top league, posting a 1-1 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.
Apologies for the delayed observations but personal circumstances have necessitated a combined summary of impressions from several days I attended.
The bulk of the following observations stem from last Wednesday's 3-on-3 tournament action (I was unable to make it Tuesday) although some does come from the on-ice sessions last Sunday and Monday. Here are some thoughts on a limited number of camp participants, from those I went out of my way to watch and those my eyes kept being drawn to:
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Barberio, 23, skated in two games with the Lightning during the 2012-13 season, recording one shot on goal. He made his NHL debut on April 9 against the Ottawa Senators at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Barberio also skated in 73 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, collecting eight goals and 42 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes. He ranked tied for third in the AHL among defensemen for assists with 34 and ranked sixth for points. Of his eight goals last season, five were recorded while on the power play. Barberio also played in 18 games during the Calder Cup playoffs with Syracuse, notching three goals and 15 points with 18 penalty minutes. He led all defensemen for points, and was tied for first in both goals and assists during the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman has skated in 215 career AHL games with the Crunch and Norfolk Admirals, posting 30 goals and 134 points with 111 penalty minutes. During the 2011-12 season, while playing for the Admirals, Barberio won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s top defenseman. He was also part of the Admirals team that won the Calder Cup, registering two goals and nine points in 18 games during the playoffs.
Barberio was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round, 152nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Brown to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Brown, 23, skated in 51 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, recording 10 goals and 28 points to go along with 27 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 177-pound forward ranked ninth on the Crunch for points and was 10th for goals. He also skated in 18 Calder Cup playoff games with Syracuse, registering four goals and nine points to go along with 18 penalty minutes.
Brown made his NHL debut with the Lightning on March 31, 2012 against the Winnipeg Jets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He recorded his first NHL point (assist) on April 7 at Winnipeg. Brown also skated in six games for the United States at the 2012 World Championships held in Finland and Sweden.
The High Point, North Carolina native skated in 81 career games with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs during the previous two seasons, collecting 40 goals and 84 points to go along with 109 penalty minutes. In 2011, Brown was a member of the Bulldogs team that captured the NCAA Frozen Four Championship, being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Brown was originally signed by the Lightning as a free agent on March 28, 2012.