TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the roster for their 2011 development camp today. The roster, which includes three former first round picks, consists of 17 forwards, nine defensemen and four goaltenders. The camp will be held Wednesday, July 6 though Wednesday, July 13 at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, FL. The camp is open to the public and the schedule will be released at a later date.
Highlights of the roster include the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Brett Connolly , who recently signed an entry-level contract with the Lightning, as well as this summerâ€™s first-round selection, Vladislav Namestnikov . Former first-round pick Carter Ashton  and highly-touted prospect Richard Panik  are also expected to attend.
Of the attendees, only James Wright  played a game in the NHL last season, while 10 players played at least one in the American Hockey League. The roster also includes 22 players drafted by the Lightning, three signed as free agents and five invitees.
Included in the roster are four players from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, recently held at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Those players are Namestnikov, forwards Ondrej Palat  and Matthew Peca , as well as goaltender Adam Wilcox .
The youngest player is Peca, at 18 years and two months, while the oldest is Jeff Dimmen  at 25-years-old.
Free agent invitees include forwards Cory Conacher , Gabriel Desjardins , Philip-Michael Devos , Seth Griffith  and blueliner Jeff Dimmen. Dimmen and Devos have AHL contracts in place with the Norfolk Admirals for the 2011-12 season.
Complete roster attached to this story.
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