Sportsnet Canada is reporting the Lightning [url=http://www2.sportsnet.ca/nhl/free_agent_tracker.html]have signed RW Marek Kvapil
and C John Toffey
to entry-level contracts.[/url]
Kvapil, who turned 20 in May, was selected in the 6th round of this year's draft out of Saginaw of the OHL. The 5'11" 172 lb. right winger trained in the Slavia Praha organization in the Czech Republic before coming to North America last season. There, for a woefully undermanned Saginaw club, he put up 25 goals and 62 points in 53 games to lead the Spirit in scoring as a rookie. Kvapil blends outstanding speed and skill with a strong work ethic and leadership skills which make him a strong candidate to work his way onto a scoring line with the Springfield Falcons in the AHL this season.
Toffey, who will turn 22 in November, chose to forego his senior year of college to join the Lightning. In three years of NCAA hockey split between Ohio State and UMass Toffey has compiled a meager 4 goals and 12 points in 64 games in his career. Toffey left Ohio State after his freshman season and played a year in the EJHL before emerging with Massachussetts primarily in a checking line role. The 6'3" 200 lb. center excelled in three sports in prep school prior to college lettering in hockey, baseball and basketball and was actually drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2001. Expect Toffey, a checking line prospect with good skating ability for his size, to be placed with Johnstown of the ECHL to begin his pro career.