Lightning Sign Two More Prospects
Submitted by pete on August 26, 2005 - 17:42
Sportsnet Canada is reporting the Lightning [url=http://www2.sportsnet.ca/nhl/free_agent_tracker.html]have signed D Jay Rosehill and G Morgan Cey.[/url] [url=http://www.umdbulldogs.com/mens/hockey/rosters.php?id=869]Rosehill[/url], who was selected in the 7th round of the 2003 Entry Draft, leaves the University of Minnesota-Duluth after just his freshman season. While there, under Head Coach Scott Sandelin, the 6'3" 210 lb. stay at home defenseman showed considerable promise winning the team's Most Improved Player award for the 2004-2005 season. The 20 year old blueliner will likely begin the season with Johnstown of the ECHL. And, in a surprise move, the Lightning signed their third goaltending prospect of the summer inking Notre Dame goaltender [url=http://und.collegesports.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/cey_morgan00.html]Morgan Cey[/url]. Cey, who will turn 24 in October, split time as a senior with sophomore sensation David Brown for the Irish. At 6'3" 177 lbs., Cey joins a long line of prototypical big Lightning goaltenders. In four years he compiled a 38-53-15 record, but those statistics don't tell the whole story. Playing behind a Notre Dame team that was often overmatched in the CCHA, Cey never posted a save percentage below the .910 he registered as a freshman. Lauded for his mental toughness, Cey joins Brian Eklund as well as freshly inked rookies Jonathan Boutin and Gerald Coleman in the Lightning's minor league system. His signing, which comes a day after IIHF deadlines for signing European players without penalty, likely is a reaction to the team's failure to come to terms with Fredrik Norrena of Linkopings in the Elitserien. General Manager Jay Feaster had stated his intention to sign a veteran netminder for the Springfield Falcons, but with Norrena refusing Lightning overtures and most AHL caliber netminders already locked up either by AHL or European clubs, both the Falcons and ECHL affiliate Johnstown may have to settle for a bona fide youth movement between the pipes this season.