Rogers Re-assigned to Mississippi

The Norfolk Admirals have announced that defenseman Andy Rogers has been re-assigned to Mississippi of the ECHL. Rogers, a first round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, has struggled throughout the past two seasons with injuries after nearly making the Lightning out of training camp at the start of the 2005-2006 season.

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Rogers

The Andy Rogers story is both mystifying and even sad. One has to wonder about the sequence of events that would result in a player who nearly made the Lightning two years ago drop so far down the depth chart. Certainly injuries played a part, but there has to be more to it
than that. By all accounts, Rogers seems to be a once highly-touted prospect who has lost all confidence. And, until today, playing on a team that likewise seems to have lost its confidence. Putting Rogers aside for the moment, questions arise about how the Lightning goes about
developing its prospects. It is both interesting and startling that, aside from Matt Smaby's cup of coffee in the Show, not a single Lightning pro prospect made the big club this year. Sure, Mike Lundin made the team, but he was playing college hockey last year.
Other former top prospects have nearly disappeared into oblivion(translate: ECHL.) Is it fair to say that these days prospects brought into the Lightning system are getting worse, not better? If so, what
does that say about the scouts and coaches in the system? Isn't it time for the Lightning to recognize that its future is intimately tied to the positive development of its prospects, and make the changes necessary to
insure that they have the right people in place to make that happen? In other words, is Andy Rogers merely the latest victim of a dysfunctional developmental system? Hopefully, its not too late for him to turn
things around. And, the same can be said of the Lightning.

With all due respect, Andy

With all due respect, Andy Rogers' injury problems were not the fault of the Lightning developmental apparatus. He's a year or two behind because of a chronic ankle problem and other injuries, not because of anything Steve Stirling and the Falcons/Admirals did. The guy simply hasn't played enough to get better.

told ya

told ya

I guess my point isn't just

I guess my point isn't just about Rogers - although I think he has frequently been a healthy scratch this year. I guess my point has more to do with Tampa's system developing players. Many of Tampa's top prospects, in sufficient numbers, are not developing within the system. Rogers is one example, but look at players like Egner (although I know he has been out injured), Lascek, Smolenak, Kvapil, and others. Isn't one of the roles of the minor league team to develop prospects? Why aren't these players getting better?

Not every player in your

Not every player in your organization is going to get better, and often the factors that lead to a player not progressing are beyond the control of the organization like injuries (Rogers, Egener, Lascek) or a lack of work ethic specific to the player (Smolenak and Kvapil).

But lets not portray this as if no one in the organization is getting better at all. For instance, Blair Jones is MARKEDLY better than he was a year ago, and it bears out statistically. In 24 games he's already just 3 points behind his AHL point total of 45 games last season. Guys like Keller and Boutin have also showed modest improvement, and I would argue to you that Vlad Mihalik, in what little time he's played in the AHL, has already learned a ton.

Springfield/Norfolk has put 4 prospects into the league in the last 2-1/4 seasons. Lets not just ignore that track record.

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