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Bolt Prospects 2006-2007 Midterm Rankings

Bolt Prospects would like to announce the release of its 2006-2007 Midterm Rankings for prospects in the Lightning organization. There have been multiple changes since the Preliminary Rankings we released in October, most notably a new top prospect in the organization, AHL All-Star Karri Ramo, and the graduation of top ten prospect Nick Tarnasky who played his 41st NHL game of the season just this past weekend. Multiple prospects also managed to crack the rankings for the first time by virtue of their play so far this season.

Just a quick reminder on how we differentiate between "alumni", "prospect" and "overage prospect". Any player who plays 41 games or more at the NHL level in any single season or 82 or more total career NHL games will be considered graduated and will be moved to the "Bolt Prospects Alumni" section of the prospects page. With Tarnasky's full-time promotion to the NHL and prior graduations by Doug Janik and Eric Perrin, the alumni list has now grown to six players over the span of the past year and a half since we first put up the prospects page and profile content. Any player under the age of 24 on opening night of the 2006-2007 season who hasn't met the criteria for graduation is considered a "prospect" and is elligible for our rankings. Any player 24 or older who has not yet met the criteria for graduation is considered an "overage prospect" and is not elligible to make the list. In addition, with Johan Holmqvist on track for graduation this season, we've adopted new, but similar, rules for goaltenders whereby graduation will occur upon the 30th decision of any single NHL season or the 41st career NHL decision. For anyone wondering, Holmqvist has already earned 23 decisions this season (with a 14-9-0 record).

With all the legal disclaimers out of the way, here are the 2006-2007 Bolt Prospects Midterm Rankings which can also be found on our prospects page.

Tarnasky nearing graduation...

With the NYR game, I believe Tarnasky now has 30 or 31 NHL games in a single season. Only needs about 10 more to qualify as a prospect graduate.

NHL Central Scouting Releases Preliminary Rankings

On Wednesday, the NHL's Central Scouting Service released its Preliminary Rankings for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Among those highlighting the list are top QMJHL player Angelo Esposito of the Quebec Remparts and top Russian star Alexei Cherepanov of Omsk.

Prospect Rankings Update

As a result of today's trade of prospect Darren Reid, Bolt Prospects' staff has decided to update our rankings to reflect the departure. As a consequence, a new 25th prospect had to be named, and Bolt Prospects is pleased to announce PJ Atherton has made the list for the first time in his career.

Bolt Prospects plans to release its Midterm Rankings, a full and comprehensive update, some time after the U20 World Junior Championships conclude in January.

Bolt Prospects 2006-2007 Preliminary Rankings

The Bolt Prospects staff has completed it's evaluation of the Lightning organization's prospects. The rankings take into account how the players performed last season, their Lightning prospect and Traverse City play, how well they did at Lightning training camp and in exhibition games, as well as their performance at Springfield Falcons camp and in AHL exhibition games. We also factor in a player's potential upside as well as their NHL readiness in reaching our decisions. One note: due to his age, [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] is now classified as an "Overage Prospect" by Bolt Prospects criteria and is not elligible for the Top-25 Rankings. Any player 24 years of age or older on opening night, October 5th, 2006, who has not already graduated as an NHLer is an "Overage Prospect". For skaters, graduation occurs when a player either A.) plays 41 NHL games in a single season or B.) reaches 82 NHL games in their career. With [url=johan-holmqvist]Johan Holmqvist[/url] as the Lightning's backup entering the season, Bolt Prospects is establishing graduation criteria for goaltenders for the first time. For goaltenders, graduation occurs when a player either A.) has 30 decisions in a single season or B.) reaches 41 decisions in their NHL career.


Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

1 Andrei Vasilevskiy Goaltender 21 6.03 204 Tampa Bay (NHL)
2 Anthony DeAngelo Defense 20 5.11 168 Syracuse (AHL)
3 Slater Koekkoek Defense 22 6.02 188 Syracuse (AHL)
4 Brayden Point Center 20 5.10 161 Moose Jaw (WHL)
5 Adam Erne Left Wing 21 6.01 211 Syracuse (AHL)
6 Mitchell Stephens Center 19 5.11 187 Syracuse (AHL)
7 Matthew Peca Center 23 5.09 172 Syracuse (AHL)
8 Nikita Gusev Left Wing 23 5.09 173 St. Petersburg (KHL)
9 Kristers Gudlevskis Goaltender 23 6.03 205 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10 Dennis Yan Left Wing 19 6.01 187 Shawinigan (QMJHL)
11 Dominik Masin Defense 20 6.02 194 Syracuse (AHL)
12 Matthew Spencer Defense 19 6.02 203 Syracuse (AHL)
13 Joel Vermin Right Wing 24 5.10 187 Syracuse (AHL)
14 Adam Wilcox Goaltender 23 6.00 183 Syracuse (AHL)
15 Tanner Richard Center 23 5.11 184 Syracuse (AHL)
16 Yanni Gourde Left Wing 24 5.09 170 Syracuse (AHL)
17 Dylan Blujus Defense 22 6.03 198 Syracuse (AHL)
18 Anthony Cirelli Center 18 6.00 165 Syracuse (AHL)
19 Johnathan MacLeod Defense 19 6.02 198 Boston University (HEAST)
20 Mathieu Joseph Right Wing 19 6.00 168 Saint John (QMJHL)
21 Jonne Tammela Right Wing 18 5.11 185 Syracuse (AHL)
22 Ryan Zuhlsdorf Defense 18 6.00 194 Dubuque (USHL)
23 Jake Dotchin Defense 22 6.03 222 Syracuse (AHL)
24 Daniel Walcott Defense 22 5.11 165 Syracuse (AHL)
25 Kris Oldham Goaltender 18 6.03 205 Omaha (USHL)
* = 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

Ben Thomas Defense 19 6.01 192 Syracuse (AHL)
Bokondji Imama Left Wing 19 6.01 214 Saint John (QMJHL)
Cristiano DiGiacinto Right Wing 20 5.11 185 Windsor (OHL)
Saku Salminen Center 21 6.03 202 SaiPa (Liiga)
Brian Hart Right Wing 22 6.03 215 Syracuse (AHL)
Cameron Darcy Center 22 6.00 185 Syracuse (AHL)
Henri Ikonen Left Wing 22 5.11 188 Syracuse (AHL)
David Broll Left Wing 23 6.02 220 Syracuse (AHL)
Jimmy Mullin Right Wing 24 5.11 188 Minnesota State (WCHA)

Overage Prospects

Carter Ashton Right Wing 25 6.03 216 Nizhny Novgorod (KHL)
Philippe Paradis Left Wing 25 6.02 205 Syracuse (AHL)
Luke Witkowski Defense 26 6.02 210 Syracuse (AHL)
Matt Taormina Defense 29 5.10 182 Tampa Bay (NHL)
Mike Angelidis Center 30 6.01 210 Syracuse (AHL)

Defected Prospects

Denis Kazionov Left Wing 27 6.02 192 HK Sochi (KHL)
Jan Zapletal Defense 28 6.01 183 Retired
Albert Vishnyakov Left Wing 31 6.02 187 Atyrau (KAZ)
Alexei Glukhov Left Wing 31 6.04 214 Omsk (KHL)
Dmitri Kazionov Center 31 6.03 194 HK Sochi (KHL)
Alexander Polushin Right Wing 32 6.03 212 Retired
Vasily Koshechkin Goaltender 32 6.07 231 Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Vitali Smolianinov Center 32 6.03 236 HK Termitau (KAZ)
Ilya Solarev Center 33 6.03 198 Astana (KHL)
Pavel Sedov Right Wing 33 6.03 205 Unknown
Anton But Left Wing 34 6.02 201 Unknown
Dmitri Bezrukov Right Wing 37 6.03 196 Retired

Bolt Prospects Alumni

03/26/2016 Jonathan Marchessault Right Wing 25 5.09 163 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/11/2016 Nikita Nesterov Defense 23 6.00 191 Tampa Bay (NHL)
04/04/2015 Vladislav Namestnikov Center 23 6.00 179 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/03/2015 Jonathan Drouin Left Wing 21 5.11 191 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/31/2015 Cedric Paquette Left Wing 22 6.01 200 Tampa Bay (NHL)
04/10/2014 Andrej Sustr Defense 25 6.08 225 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/13/2014 Nikita Kucherov Right Wing 22 5.11 174 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/08/2014 Richard Panik Left Wing 25 6.01 208 Chicago (NHL)
03/01/2014 J.T. Brown Right Wing 25 5.10 170 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/27/2014 Mark Barberio Defense 26 6.01 202 Montreal (NHL)
01/13/2014 Radko Gudas Defense 24 6.00 204 Philadelphia (NHL)
01/03/2014 Alex Killorn Left Wing 26 6.01 202 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Tyler Johnson Center 25 5.10 183 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Ondrej Palat Left Wing 25 6.00 180 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/08/2013 Ben Bishop Goaltender 29 6.07 216 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/16/2013 Anders Lindback Goaltender 27 6.06 203 Arizona (NHL)
01/29/2013 Keith Aulie Defense 26 6.06 229 HIFK (FIN)
03/19/2012 Tim Wallace Right Wing 31 6.02 182 Wolfsburg (DEL)
02/11/2012 Brett Connolly Right Wing 22 6.02 200 Boston (NHL)
01/12/2011 Dana Tyrell Left Wing 26 5.10 188 Unsigned
03/12/2010 Paul Szczechura Center 28 5.10 186 Minsk (KHL)
01/08/2010 Victor Hedman Defense 25 6.06 236 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2010 Zenon Konopka Center 34 6.00 215 Retired
01/06/2010 James Wright Left Wing 25 6.04 212 Bridgeport (AHL)
11/22/2009 Steve Downie Right Wing 28 5.10 188 Arizona (NHL)
04/07/2009 Karri Ramo Goaltender 28 6.03 207 Calgary (NHL)
04/07/2009 Matt Smaby Defense 30 6.06 239 EHC Munchen (DEL)
01/12/2009 Steven Stamkos Center 26 6.00 186 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/01/2008 Mike Smith Goaltender 32 6.04 215 Arizona (NHL)
01/19/2008 Mathieu Darche Left Wing 38 6.01 210 Retired
01/03/2008 Mike Lundin Defense 30 6.02 191 Astana (KHL)
03/01/2007 Karl Stewart Left Wing 32 5.11 185 Retired
02/09/2007 Johan Holmqvist Goaltender 37 6.01 190 Karlskrona HK (SWE)
01/13/2007 Nick Tarnasky Left Wing 32 6.02 233 Hartford (AHL)
01/04/2007 Doug Janik Defense 35 6.02 210 Retired
01/04/2007 Eric Perrin Center 39 5.09 176 TPS (SM-liiga)
04/03/2006 Ryan Craig Center 33 6.02 220 Lake Erie (AHL)
01/24/2006 Evgeny Artyukhin Right Wing 32 6.04 254 St. Petersburg (KHL)
01/20/2006 Paul Ranger Defense 30 6.02 215 Unsigned

McKeen's Mock and Small Player Slippage

[url=http://mckeenshockey.rivals.com/draft.asp?Draft=52]McKeen's hockey has released their mock draft[/url] and has Swedish winger [url=http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=2045] Nicklas Bergfors[/url] falling to the Lightning's pick at #30. A tip of the hat to Johan Nilsson of [url=http://www.eliteprospects.com/]Eliteprospects.com[/url]. Bergfors, the brother of Lightning prospect Henrik Bergfors, is slated to come to North America as an import to play in the QMJHL next season. While I don't necessarily see Bergfors, the top Swedish born prospect in this draft, falling all the way to 30 this mock is far more realistic with regard to the Lightning's pick than [url=http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/3821944]FoxSport's[/url], [url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=7795]Hockeysfuture's[/url] and even [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/draft/feature.asp?fid=7065]TSN's [/url]which have the Lightning selecting D Risto Korhonen, G Alexandre Vincent and G Ondrej Pavelec respectively.

Pete's Prospects: 5-1

The final five have arrived feature two Russians, a former Stan Butler protige and two former Hitmen. A project a month in the making comes to its conclusion. Check it out:

Pete's Rankings: 10-6

The top ten of my rankings has finally arrived. A former ECAC goaltender, the Springfield Falcons' leading scorer and three oustanding young blueliners make the cut. More after the break:

Pete's Rankings: 15-11

Two young goaltenders, two tough as nails former WHLers and a former teammate of phenom Sidney Crosby comprise prospects 15-11. Check them out:
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