Camp Scrimmage Teams Hint at Organization's Plans
Submitted by pete on September 15, 2006 - 09:53
Training camp scrimmage rosters [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBHFE1J2SE.html]were released yesterday[/url], and they include some interesting clues as to the organization's plans going into the season. In a surprise to no one, Dimitry Afanasenkov/Brad Richards/Martin St. Louis appear to be a unit headlining Team Black. The Vaclav Prospal/Vincent Lecavalier/Ruslan Fedotenko line remains in tact on Team White, but on the blueline veteran Luke Richardson will play with wildcard free agent signee Andy Delmore. The blueline of Team White also features Bolt Prospects #1 ranked prospect [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] offering his services in front of young goaltenders [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] and [url=gerald coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url]. Team Red features what appears to be the team's fourth line candidates with Tim Taylor centering two out of [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url], Rob DiMaio and [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url]. The versatile Tarnasky is listed as a C/RW. Make no bones about it, the fight between Tarnasky, Milley and Nikita Alexeev for two jobs in Tampa may be the fiercest of the camp. Also on Team Red, Auditions for Springfield for [url=stanislav-lascek]Stan Lascek[/url] have him potentially playing on a line with Eric Perrin and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url]. Team Blue features the team's tentative third line with Andreas Karlsson centering [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] and Nikita Alexeev. Just as interestingly, prospects [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] get important opportunities to audition for scoring line roles in Springfield centered by free agent signing Eric Healey. Rookie [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo's[/url] first camp will be under the watchful eye of long time NHL vet Sean Burke. Getting the worst end of the initial roster assignments, in my view, are center [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], wingers [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] and [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url] and defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url]. Jones, who in a perfect world could be challenging for a scoring line role in Springfield, will have to do so centering unsigned draft picks Marek Bartanus and [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url]. Keller, who is looking to pick off a job in Springfield, finds himself in a distincly lesser position than Lascek and Smolenak who get to play with the men presumed to be Springfield's two best centers going into the year. Reid, who has been mentioned as a challenger for a checking line role in Springfield, will have annual malcontent [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] centering him on a mish mosh line with Zdenek Blatny and Keller. Finally, Smaby may be forced to endure his rookie camp paired with an injured [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url].