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Tampa Retains Rights to Nine Restricted Free Agents

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued qualifying offers to nine players today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Below is the list of players receiving qualifying offers:

Pos. Player
F Michael Bournival
D Jake Dotchin
G Kristers Gudlevskis
F Tyler Johnson
D Slater Koekkoek
F Tye McGinn
F Ondrej Palat
F Matthew Peca
F Tanner Richard

The deadline for NHL clubs to issue offers is at 5 p.m. today. By issuing qualifying offers to the aforementioned players, the Lightning are given the right of first refusal or draft choice compensation should the player sign an offer sheet with another NHL club.

Players not being qualified are Dylan Blujus, Jonathan Racine and Henri Ikonen.

Lightning Re-Sign Forward Yanni Gourde to Two-Year Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Yanni Gourde to a two-year, one-way contract worth $1-million per season, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Gourde, 25, skated in 20 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, posting six goals and eight points to go along with eight penalty minutes. The 5-foot-9, 172-pound forward scored his first career NHL goal on March 11 against the Florida Panthers. Gourde also scored in three consecutive games from March 27 through April 1. He finished the season posting five goals over his past eight games. He’s appeared in 22 career NHL games, all with the Bolts over the past two seasons, collecting six goals and nine points.

The Narcisse, Quebec native also played in 56 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, registering 22 goals and 48 points to go along with 54 penalty minutes. Gourde ranked second on the Crunch for goals and third for points. He also ranked tied for first in the AHL last season with four shorthanded goals. During Syracuse’s Calder Cup Playoff run, Gourde posted nine goals and 27 points in 22 games. He ranked first for playoff assists and was second behind teammate Cory Conacher for points.

Gourde went undrafted and originally agreed to terms with the Lightning on March 9, 2014.

Bolts Extend Blueliner Andrej Sustr

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Sustr, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, appeared in 80 games with the Lightning in 2016-17, recording three goals and 14 points. He was tied for the team lead among defensemen for games played (Coburn, 80), while also ranking third among Bolts blue-liners for points and tied for third for assists. Sustr was the only Tampa Bay defenseman outside of Victor Hedman to score a game-winning goal in 2016-17.

The Plzen, Czech Republic native also played in six games for Team Czech Republic at the 2016 World Cup, netting one goal. Sustr was one of two Czech defensemen to record a goal in three tournament games.

Sustr, 26, has played in 274 career NHL games, all with the Lightning during the previous five seasons. During that time, he has recorded eight goals and 56 points with a plus-2 rating, two game-winning goals and one power-play goal. Sustr has also played in 46 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Bolts, recording two goals and five points with a plus-8 rating.

The Lightning signed Sustr as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on March 21, 2013.

2017 Tampa Bay Lightning Draft Picks

Cal Foote

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
209
Born: 
12/13/1998
Age: 
18
Hometown: 
Englewood, CO
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1 (#14) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Kelowna (WHL)
Projects As: 
Big, big-minute and big-shooting defenseman with upside.

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
1
Pick No.: 
14
Draft Team: 
Kelowna (WHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to be assigned to Kelowna for 2017-18
History: 

Selected in the second round, 43rd overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by Kelowna. Selected in the third round, 46th overall, of the 2014 USHL Futures Draft by the Omaha Lancers. Ultimately selected the Canadian junior route where he debuted for Kelowna in 2015-2016 with a fine 8 goal and 36 point premiere campaign. Had 6 goals and 51 points in his draft year in 2016-2017 and appeared for Team WHL in the Subway Super Series.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Big, skilled rearguard with fine offensive instincts." -Red Line Report

Strengths: 

Big, strong defenseman with excellent blood lines. Has an advanced understanding of positioning, a good stick, and good gap control. Calm under pressure and is an above average passer with a low, hard shot that should translate to the point on the power play.

Weaknesses: 

Skating has been panned as average, and while he is big and strong, he isn't nasty or mean.

Projection: 

#3 or #4 minute eating defenseman who can contribute on the power play.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Colorado Thunderbirds QC Int PW4 0 00 2|        
 2013-2014 Colorado Thunderbirds U16T1EHL U1633 2 1214 19|        
  Team Black USA-S155 0 00 -|        
 2014-2015 Colorado Thunderbirds U16T1EHL U1623 4 1115 42|Playoffs4 3 25
  Omaha LancersUSHL2 0 11 0|        
 2015-2016 Kelowna RocketsWHL71 8 2836 36|Playoffs18 1 89 12 
 2016-2017 Kelowna RocketsWHL71 6 5157 41|Playoffs14 1 67 24 
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 Kelowna RocketsWHL- - -- -|        

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Alexander Volkov

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
192
Born: 
08/02/1997
Age: 
20
Hometown: 
Moscow, RUS
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#48) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Scoring line winger

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
2
Pick No.: 
48
Draft Team: 
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
06/29/2017
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$864 167
Contract Start Year: 
2017
Contract End Year: 
2020
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$742 500
Salary: 
$925 000
Salary: 
$925 000

Bio

Awards: 

2015-2016 U17 WJC Silver Medalist
2016-2017 U18 WJC Bronze Medalist
2016-2017 VHL Champion With Dynamo Balashikha

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL16 2 24 6|Playoffs5 0 00
 2014-2015 SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL54 11 819 36|Playoffs17 1 12
  SKA-Varyagi VsevolozhskMHL B2 2 24 0|        
  Russia U18Hlinka Memorial4 0 00 2|        
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr4 0 00 2|        
 2015-2016 SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL42 16 1127 34|Playoffs3 0 00
 2016-2017 SKA-Neva St. PetersburgVHL15 3 03 4|Playoffs8 1 23
  SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL16 6 511 12|Playoffs4 2 24
  Russian Selects U20Jr Super Series6 0 33 0|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL- - -- -|        

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Alexey Lipanov

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
170
Born: 
08/17/1999
Age: 
17
Hometown: 
Moscow, RUS
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#75) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Barrie (OHL)
Projects As: 
Solid two-way playmaking center

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
75
Draft Team: 
Dynamo (VHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to be assigned to Barrie for 2017-18
Awards: 

2015-16

  • U17 WHC Silver Medal


2016-17

  • U18 WJC Bronze Medal
  • VHL Champion

History: 

Began in Spartak Moscow's youth program before joining Moscow Dynamo's program in 2014-2015 for U16 and U17 before moving again to MHK MVD's MHL program midway through the 2015-2016 season. Split the 2016-2017 campaign between KHK MVD's MHL and VHL team. Won a championship with KHK MVD's VHL side, Dynamo Balashikha. A mainstay of the Russian junior program, he won a Silver Medal at the U17 WJC in 2015-2016 and a U18 WJC Bronze Medal with the program in 2016-2017. Was also drafted by Barrie in the first round of the 2016 CHL Import Draft.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Not flashy, but a very solid two-way performer." - Red Line Report

Strengths: 

Smart, high-IQ two-way player who plays a complete 200 foot game. Good skater with the above average skill-set you might expect from a classic Russian forward. Can play both center and wing effectively, giving his club some versatility.

Weaknesses: 

Somewhat undersized, and needs to grow and get stronger. As a consequence, can play a little bit of a soft, perimeter game at times.

Projection: 

Versatile third line forward who can spot on the second line. Comparable is Nick Bonino.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Dynamo Moskva U16Russia U1633 21 2849 12|        
  Dynamo Moskva U16Russia U16 Finals6 3 69 2|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr7 2 35 16|        
 2015-2016 Dynamo Moskva U17Russia U1718 2 1214 39|        
  MHK Dynamo MoskvaMHL32 3 58 16|        
  Russia U17WHC-176 2 24 4|        
  Russia U18WJC-185 1 23 0|        
 2016-2017 Russia U18Hlinka Memorial5 0 55 0|        
  Dynamo BalashikhaVHL21 3 58 8|Playoffs6 0 33
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-194 4 48 0|        
  MHK Dynamo MoskvaMHL11 0 33 6|        
  Russia U18WJC-187 0 33 0|        
 2017-2018 Barrie ColtsOHL- - -- -|        

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Nick Perbix

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.04
Weight: 
194
Born: 
06/15/1998
Age: 
19
Hometown: 
Elk River, MN
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#169) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
St. Cloud State (NCHC)
Projects As: 
Right-handed defense with size

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
6
Pick No.: 
169
Draft Team: 
Elk River (USHS)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
committed to State Cloud State for 2017-18 season

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Elk River HighUSHS23 0 33 2|Playoffs3 0 00
 2014-2015 Elk River HighUSHS23 0 33 0|Playoffs3 0 22
 2015-2016 Elk River HighUSHS25 5 1722 10|Playoffs2 1 34
 2016-2017 Sections 4&7 Seniors USHS3 1 01 0|        
  Team NorthwestUSHS21 3 1013 6|      2
  Elk River HighUSHS25 10 3040 6|Playoffs2 2 57
 2017-2018 St. Cloud State Univ.NCAA- - -- -|        

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Cole Guttman

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
5.10
Weight: 
163
Born: 
04/06/1999
Age: 
18
Hometown: 
Northridge, CA
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#180) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Dubuque (USHL)
Projects As: 
High character pivot that produces points

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
6
Pick No.: 
180
Draft Team: 
Dubuque (USHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to return to Dubuque for 2017-18 season
Awards: 

Season Year A

  • Insert Award Here.


Season Year B

  • Insert Award Here.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 California Brick Invitational5 2 46 6|Playoffs1 1 01
 2011-2012 Los Angeles Jr. Kings QC Int PW7 9 615 6|        
 2013-2014 Los Angeles Jr. Kings Bantam AAABantam4 1 12 17|        
 2014-2015 Team Blue USA-S155 2 57 -|        
  Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16T1EHL U1624 9 1625 16|Playoffs4 0 33 14 
 2015-2016 Team Black USA-S165 3 58 0|        
  Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16T1EHL U1630 24 2448 34|Playoffs4 3 25
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL3 0 00 0|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP3 0 00 0|        
  Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL2 0 11 0|Playoffs8 0 00
 2016-2017 Team Gray USA-S175 3 25 -|        
  Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL53 27 2754 18|Playoffs6 1 34
 2017-2018 Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL- - -- -|        
 2018-2019 St. Cloud State Univ.NCAA- - -- -|        

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Sammy Walker

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
5.09
Weight: 
150
Born: 
06/07/1999
Age: 
18
Hometown: 
Minneapolis, MN
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 7 (#200) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Edina High (USHS)
Projects As: 
Long-term project center with speed and skill

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
7
Pick No.: 
200
Draft Team: 
Edina High (USHS)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
expected to return to Edina High for 2017-18 season
Awards: 

Season Year A

  • Insert Award Here.


Season Year B

  • Insert Award Here.

Statistics

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Team Gray USA-S155 2 46 -|        
  Edina HighUSHS25 3 36 6|Playoffs2 2 13
  Edina HighMN State3 0 00 2|        
 2015-2016 Team Kelly USA-S165 5 38 0|        
  Team SouthwestUSHS21 10 414 20|        
  Edina HighUSHS25 19 1837 14|Playoffs2 0 11
 2016-2017 Team Royal USA-S175 2 24 -|        
  Team SouthwestUSHS20 9 1625 18|      5
  Edina HighUSHS25 22 2446 6|Playoffs3 2 46
  Lincoln StarsUSHL4 0 00 6|        
 2017-2018 Team SouthwestUSHS- - -- -|        
  Sioux City MusketeersUSHL- - -- -|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA- - -- -|        

Player statistics © www.eliteprospects.com

2017 Lightning Draft Preview

Introduction

After a very unconventional 2016-2017 Tampa Bay Lightning prospect season concluded with the Syracuse Crunch being defeated in six games in the Calder Cup Final, 2017-2018 had an unconventional beginning with the acquisition of defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and the looming Las Vegas Expansion Draft. Unconventional doesn't equal bad, though, when evaluating the state of the Lightning prospect system heading into the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. There are still some moving parts to consider heading into the Expansion Draft, and this preview may be subject to change based on the outcome of that event, but on balance the Lightning enter the draft in a position of strength.

Blog: The (Drouin) Magic is Gone

When you watch a magician as a kid, you want to believe the act is 100% real. You’re skeptical, but you want to believe – because if this is stuff is indeed real, it opens up a world you didn’t think was actually possible.

Then your dad tells you the handkerchief was up the guy’s sleeve and that belief is squashed like an East German roach beneath a boot.

I kinda feel like that right now.

Bolts Trade Drouin to Montreal; Acquire Sergachev, 2018 2nd Round Pick

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second round 2018 draft selection from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Jonathan Drouin and a conditional 2018 sixth round pick, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Sergachev, 18, skated in four games with the Canadiens this season, recording a plus-1 rating. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound defenseman made his NHL debut last season on October 13 against the Buffalo Sabres. He also played in 50 games with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, posting 10 goals and 43 points. Sergachev led all Spitfire defensemen for assists (33), points, power-play assists (10) and penalty minutes (71).

The Nizhnekamsk, Russia native recently won the 2017 Memorial Cup as a member of the Spitfires. Sergachev posted a goal and four points in four games during the Memorial Cup tournament. He also notched a goal and three assists in seven OHL playoff games. Sergachev has played in 117 games during two OHL seasons, both with Windsor, registering 27 goals and 100 points.

Sergachev was originally selected by Montreal in the first round, ninth overall, at the 2016 NHL Draft.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 6-13-17 Crunch at Griffins

Crunchning Death Star runs aground in Grand Rapids.

SYR-3
GR-4

Grand Rapids Wins the Series 4-2

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
14:09 SYR Gourde (8), (Conacher)

Second Period
0:18 GR Ford (8), (Nosek)(PP)
7:51 SYR Taormina (5), (Bournival, Lynch)
11:50 GR Callahan (6), (Street)
18:10 SYR Gourde (9), (Masin, Taormina)

Third Period
3:50 GR Bertuzzi (9), (Frk, Nosek)
12:41 GR Frk (5), (Lashoff, Nosek)

Yanni Gourde was the game's third star.

It's a painful way for the season to end. The Crunch were 20 minutes away from forcing a somewhat improbable Game Seven encounter before the wheels finally came off. It's been a special team and a special, likely one-off, moment in time for Syracuse. The Crunch are likely to have a youth movement next season, particularly at forward. This veteran laden team will likely move along to the NHL, in a few cases, or to other teams/leagues in quite a few others. The big upside of this run for the Tampa Bay Lightning? In my opinion, it's a lot of quality minutes in pressure situations played by defenseman prospects like Slater Koekkoek, Jake Dotchin, Dominik Masin, and Ben Thomas.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Set Tone With First Shift, Beat Griffins in Game 5


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s offense set the tone on the first shift.

Kevin Lynch’s goal 17 seconds in got the Crunch rolling and the team netted five goals before the first intermission, as Syracuse routed the Grand Rapids Griffins, 5-1, in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Crunch cut the Griffins’ series lead to 3-2, with Game 6 set for Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

“That first 17 seconds was unbelievable,” Crunch goalie Mike McKenna said. “We got the puck deep. We got four or five hits — they looked like the Hanson Brothers — and then it’s in the net. What that does for your bench and seeing Kevin’s raw emotion after scoring that goal? It’s huge, for sure. It really sets the tone.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 6-10-17 Griffins at Crunch

Crunchning Death Star destroys one last opponent in the home barn this year.

GR-1
SYR-5

Grand Rapids Leads the Series 3-2

Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 37 shots for the victory. That's a quality performance at a moment the team really needed it with their backs against the wall.

First Period
0:17 SYR Lynch (3), (Dumont, Bournival)
4:33 SYR Brodeur (1), (Erne, Walcott)
14:05 SYR Froese (6), (Gourde, McGinn)
17:19 SYR Conacher (12), (Thomas, Gourde)(PP)
19:16 SYR Thomas (5), (Gourde, Conacher)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
5:58 GR Street (8), (Hicketts, Paetsch)

Yanni Gourde, McKenna, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars.

It's not surprising that Syracuse was able to dig deep and have this kind of performance in an elimination, or that Grand Rapids had a slight let down after getting out to a 3-1 series lead. As an aside, this makes those three one goal losses sting all the more. Syracuse finds themselves in the position of being a solid +3 in goal differential in this series despite being down 3-2.

The bottom line for Syracuse is that if they stay out of the box and play with their best energy, they've still got a shot to win this series. The key is to not fall in the media trap/frame of thinking about "winning two games in Grand Rapids." You have to focus solely on Game Six and proving you can win one game in Grand Rapids. If you do, of course it's possible to pick off the second one. Tuesday's the day we'll see if that question gets answered affirmatively.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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