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2018-2019 Preliminary Rankings

Introduction

The 2018-2019 regular season is well underway, and thus the time for the 2018-2019 Bolt Prospects Preliminary Rankings is upon us. This year's training camp and preseason again showed the depth of the Lightning's prospect pool, with several young players having strong showings and a handful of new additions to the big club's roster. All in all, though the Lightning lack the top-end elite prospects they may have once had, the team still has an enviable amount of depth and a score of prospects who look poised to become future NHL'ers.

Prospects

Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

NO. PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
1 Cal Foote Defense 20 6.03 209 Syracuse (AHL)
2 Alex Barré-Boulet Center 22 5.10 165 Syracuse (AHL)
3 Alexander Volkov Left Wing 21 6.01 192 Syracuse (AHL)
4 Nolan Foote Left Wing 18 6.03 190 Kelowna (WHL)
5 Mitchell Stephens Center 22 5.11 187 Syracuse (AHL)
6 Taylor Raddysh Right Wing 21 6.01 203 Syracuse (AHL)
7 Carter Verhaeghe Center 23 6.01 181 Tampa Bay (NHL)
8 Boris Katchouk Left Wing 21 6.01 190 Syracuse (AHL)
9 Dominik Masin Defense 23 6.02 194 Syracuse (AHL)
10 Gabriel Fortier Left Wing 19 5.10 170 Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
11 Sammy Walker Right Wing 20 5.09 150 Minnesota (Big Ten)
12 Maxime Cajkovic Right Wing 18 5.11 185 Saint John (QMJHL)
13 Ross Colton Center 22 6.00 190 Syracuse (AHL)
14 Hugo Alnefelt Goaltender 18 6.03 194 HV71 J20 (SWE-Jr)
15 Mikhail Shalagin Left Wing 19 6.04 185 MHK Spartak (MHL)
16 Jimmy Huntington Center 20 6.01 185 Syracuse (AHL)
17 Cole Guttman Center 20 5.10 163 Denver (NCHC)
18 Nick Perbix Defense 21 6.04 194 St. Cloud State (NCHC)
19 Dennis Yan Left Wing 22 6.01 187 Syracuse (AHL)
20 Ryan Lohin Center 23 6.00 190 Syracuse (AHL)
21 Max Crozier Defense 19 6.01 195 Providence (HEAST)
22 Ben Thomas Defense 23 6.01 192 Syracuse (AHL)
23 Dmitri Semykin Defense 19 6.03 201 SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)
24 Otto Somppi Center 21 6.01 183 Syracuse (AHL)
25 Oleg Sosunov Defense 21 6.08 243 Syracuse (AHL)
* = Any skater who was under 24 years of age on opening night of the Lightning's season and has played less than 41 NHL games in any single season and less than 82 career NHL games is considered a prospect. For goaltenders, any netminder who has earned less than 30 NHL decisions in any single season and less than 41 career NHL decisions and was under 24 years of age on opening night is considered a prospect. The exception to these basic rules are NCAA based players, who are considered prospects for the duration of their college careers regardless of age.

Unranked Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Quinn Schmiemann Defense 17 6.02 185 Kamloops (WHL)
Magnus Chrona Goaltender 18 6.04 209 Denver (NCHC)
McKade Webster Right Wing 18 5.10 165 Green Bay (USHL)
Alexey Lipanov Center 19 6.00 170 Syracuse (AHL)
Ty Taylor Goaltender 19 6.03 201 New Hampshire (HEAST)
Radim Salda Defense 20 6.00 185 HK Hradec Kralove (CZE)
Alex Green Defense 21 6.02 187 Cornell (ECAC)
Cole Koepke Left Wing 21 6.01 185 Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Ryan Zuhlsdorf Defense 21 6.00 194 Minnesota (Big Ten)
Kris Oldham Goaltender 22 6.03 205 Clarkson (ECAC)
Matthew Spencer Defense 22 6.02 203 Syracuse (AHL)

Overage Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Danick Martel Left Wing 24 5.08 161 Tampa Bay (NHL)
Saku Salminen Center 24 6.03 202 Vimmersby HC (SWE-Div 1)
Spencer Martin Goaltender 24 6.03 209 Syracuse (AHL)
Daniel Walcott Left Wing 25 5.11 165 Syracuse (AHL)
Scott Wedgewood Goaltender 26 6.02 194 Syracuse (AHL)
Kevin Lynch Center 28 6.01 205 Syracuse (AHL)
Cameron Gaunce Defense 29 6.02 205 Syracuse (AHL)
Chris Mueller Right Wing 33 5.11 209 Syracuse (AHL)

Bolt Prospects Alumni

GRAD DATE PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
02/28/2019 Erik Cernak Defense 22 6.03 221 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/12/2019 Adam Erne Left Wing 24 6.01 211 Detroit (NHL)
01/19/2019 Mathieu Joseph Right Wing 22 6.00 168 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2019 Anthony Cirelli Center 21 6.00 165 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/03/2018 Jake Dotchin Defense 24 6.03 222 San Diego (AHL)
01/06/2018 Yanni Gourde Right Wing 27 5.09 170 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2018 Mikhail Sergachev Defense 21 6.03 216 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/30/2017 Gabriel Dumont Center 28 5.10 181 Minnesota (NHL)
02/10/2017 Brayden Point Center 23 5.10 161 Tampa Bay (NHL)
11/19/2016 Andrei Vasilevskiy Goaltender 25 6.03 204 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/26/2016 Jonathan Marchessault Right Wing 26 5.09 163 Vegas (NHL)
03/11/2016 Nikita Nesterov Defense 24 6.00 191 CSKA Moskva (KHL)
04/04/2015 Vladislav Namestnikov Left Wing 25 6.00 179 New York Rangers (NHL)
02/03/2015 Jonathan Drouin Left Wing 22 5.11 191 Montreal (NHL)
01/31/2015 Cedric Paquette Center 25 6.01 200 Tampa Bay (NHL)
04/10/2014 Andrej Sustr Defense 28 6.07 220 San Diego (AHL)
03/13/2014 Nikita Kucherov Right Wing 26 5.11 174 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/08/2014 Richard Panik Left Wing 26 6.01 208 Arizona (NHL)
03/01/2014 J.T. Brown Right Wing 28 5.10 170 Minnesota (NHL)
02/27/2014 Mark Barberio Defense 27 6.01 202 Colorado (NHL)
01/13/2014 Radko Gudas Defense 26 6.00 204 Philadelphia (NHL)
01/03/2014 Alex Killorn Left Wing 29 6.01 202 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Tyler Johnson Center 28 5.10 183 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Ondrej Palat Left Wing 28 6.00 180 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/08/2013 Ben Bishop Goaltender 30 6.07 216 Dallas (NHL)
02/16/2013 Anders Lindback Goaltender 30 6.06 203 Davos (NLA)
01/29/2013 Keith Aulie Defense 28 6.06 229 Muchen (DEL)
03/19/2012 Tim Wallace Right Wing 34 6.02 182 Milton Keynes (EIHL)
02/11/2012 Brett Connolly Right Wing 25 6.02 200 Washington (NHL)
01/12/2011 Dana Tyrell Left Wing 28 5.10 188 Retired
03/12/2010 Paul Szczechura Center 32 5.10 186 Chelyabinsk (KHL)
01/08/2010 Victor Hedman Defense 28 6.06 236 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2010 Zenon Konopka Center 37 6.00 215 Retired
01/06/2010 James Wright Left Wing 28 6.04 212 Linkoping (SEL)
11/22/2009 Steve Downie Right Wing 30 5.10 188 Retired
04/07/2009 Karri Ramo Goaltender 32 6.03 207 Omsk (KHL)
04/07/2009 Matt Smaby Defense 33 6.06 239 Retired
01/12/2009 Steven Stamkos Center 29 6.00 186 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/01/2008 Mike Smith Goaltender 35 6.04 215 Calgary (NHL)
01/19/2008 Mathieu Darche Left Wing 42 6.01 210 Retired
01/03/2008 Mike Lundin Defense 33 6.02 191 Out of Hockey
03/01/2007 Karl Stewart Left Wing 34 5.11 185 Retired
02/09/2007 Johan Holmqvist Goaltender 39 6.01 190 Unknown
01/13/2007 Nick Tarnasky Left Wing 35 6.02 233 Unknown
01/04/2007 Doug Janik Defense 37 6.02 210 Retired
01/04/2007 Eric Perrin Center 43 5.09 176 JYP (Liiga)
04/03/2006 Ryan Craig Center 36 6.02 220 Retired
01/24/2006 Evgeny Artyukhin Right Wing 35 6.04 254 Unknown
01/20/2006 Paul Ranger Defense 33 6.02 215 Retired

Bolt Prospects Litter USCHO Division I NCAA Hockey Poll

The first USCHO NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Poll for the 2018-19 season was released today containing the pre-season rankings of the Top 20 hockey teams in the country. Six Lightning NCAA prospects are represented on five of the Top-20 rosters. Four of those six prospects will make the leap from high school and USHL hockey to the collegiate ranks this season.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs headlines the list at #1, whose roster includes left-winger and Lightning 2018 6th round draft pick Cole Koepke. Defenseman Nick Perbix, drafted in the 6th round of the 2017 draft, will suit up for the #6 ranked St. Cloud State Huskies. Nipping at the heels of the Huskies at #7 is 2018 4th round pick Alex Green, who returns to the Cornell Big Red blueline for his sophomore campaign. The University of Denver Pioneers checks in at #9 on the pre-season rankings with center Cole Guttman, a Tampa Bay 2017 6th round pick, hoping to put an injury-marred 2017-18 season behind him. Finally, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers received a lucky #13 ranking by the USCHO with a pair of Bolt prospects sporting the Gopher lineup for the upcoming season. The elder statesman of Lightning NCAA prospects is defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf, a 5th round pick in 2015 by the Lightning, will return for his sophomore tour, alongside the reigning Minnesota Mr. Hockey and 2017 7th round selection center Sammy Walker, who making his collegiate debut.

2017-2018 Final Rankings

Introduction
For the third time in the past four seasons, a Lightning team was able to advance deep into May in the playoffs only to see the Stanley Cup remain elusive. With a roster of mainstays that have been together for over a half decade now, is this the summer that Steve Yzerman decides to make some changes? If he does, Tampa Bay is in the rare and envious position of having a surplus of hungry young lions pawing at the gate to get into the NHL.

To some surprise, a very youthful Syracuse Crunch team was able to once again go multiple rounds in the Calder Cup playoffs after a strong regular season where they remained one of the AHL Eastern Conference's best teams even after divesting its roster of a number of quality veteran players. This development, along with the Canadian junior nationals once again looking like the Lightning's own U20 academy team, highlighted the remarkable quality of the club's pipeline. We count, easily, at least 11 legitimate future NHL players on the 2017-2018 Final Rankings, with the club soon to add another draft class into the fold.

A brief reminder of the rules: Only players under the age of 24 on opening night of the 2017-2018 season are eligible for ranking. Skaters with 41 or more NHL games in a single season or 82 or more total NHL games are considered graduated from the rankings. Goaltenders with 30 or more decisions in a single season or 41 or more career NHL decisions are also considered graduated. Lastly, NCAA players remain eligible for ranking for the duration of their college careers regardless of age.

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