Name: Morgan Cey
Weight: 177 lbs
Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 8/26/05
After graduating from high school in Saskatchewan, Cey played two seasons in the SJHL with the Flin Flon Bombers. In his final year in the SJHL he led the league in wins with 35, was tied for the league lead with a .916 save percentage and was named a First Team SJHL All-Star and the league MVP. In 2001-2002 he joined the Notre Dame program in the CCHA where he made his mark as a four year starter which, in the end, saw him leave Notre Dame the school's all-time leader in goals against average, save percentage and shutouts and sixth all-time in wins. An undrafted player, Cey left Notre Dame an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2005 after finishing his senior campaign.
The Lightning signed Cey in the Fall of 2005 and he participated in the 2005 Traverse City prospect tournament where he started one game, which he won, stopping 28 of 31 shots faced. After a successful Lightning training camp where he nearly secured the backup job in Springfield, Cey pulled his groin and after missing roughly a half a month of action he was assigned to Johnstown of the ECHL where he shared starting duties in a tandem with Jonathan Boutin the first half of the year. In December he was named to Canada's Spengler Cup roster and traveled to Davos, Switzerland where he participated in one game in the tournament in relief. In January, Boutin was recalled permanently to Springfield of the AHL and Cey has played well as Johnstown's starting netminder.
Pros: Cey is incredibly quick for a man his size. He is also tenacious and is a scrapper between the pipes.
Cons: Cey never has had any formal goaltending instruction and it shows in his positioning. He struggles at times to take proper angles to shooters and he occassionally gets caught being too aggressive in challenging shooters.
It's a shame Cey didn't get drafted and get some goaltending coaching sooner in his career, because many of the raw tools necessary to be a good professional goaltender are in his possession. Cey will probably struggle to make inroads in the organization with Lightning draft picks like Jonathan Boutin, Gerald Coleman and Karri Ramo ahead of him on the depth chart, but he should be a solid and reliable minor league player for the organization with the remote possibility of becoming an NHL backup.
Profile Created 3/7/06 by Pete Choquette