The following is the Lightning's tentative 2006 Traverse City roster.
(Note: Names and commitments are subject to change)
W [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak
[/url] - C [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones
[/url] - W [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil
W [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller
[/url] - C/W [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence
[/url] - W [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek
W RW Maxime Boisclair* - C David Desharnais** - W [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel
W [url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus
[/url] - C/W Brian Woolger** - W Ryan Gibbons*
W Torrie Wheat** - C Todd Griffith** - W Travis Fuller**
D [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik
[/url] - D [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers
D [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley
[/url] - D [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby
D Clayton Barthel** - D [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url]
G [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo
G [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius
Note: Springfield tryout players Kevin Croxton, Kelly Czuy, Don Grover, and Josh Disher were also mentioned on the tentative list, though their possible involvement in Traverse City is unclear.
On a related note, Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen, when asked to give the scouting staff's impression of Lightning draftees at the recent prospect camp (aside from Kevin Quick
, who was singled out for his good play by General Manager Jay Feaster), gave high marks to goaltender Karri Ramo and defenseman Matt Smaby.
He singled out Maine defenseman Mike Lundin
as being "solid," and said Springfield signee Ryan Gibbons "was impressive in his role." Goertzen confirmed that Marek Kvapil, who had a "decent" camp, has added a few pounds, weighing in at 192 (he was listed at 172 by the Falcons last year), and said Kvapil had a "decent" camp. Recently signed center Blair Jones received a "good" rating, but other recently signed junior stars Justin Keller, Radek Smolenak, and Stan Lascek "did not hit stride." Goertzen clarified, saying, "They were okay, just not as good as they can be."
[i]*=Springfield Falcons Contract Player
**=Free Agent Invitee[/i]