Rankings

Event tag that describes a prospect being ranked by this site or some other source

HF's Lightning Top-20

We can dissect this thing in comments, but I just want to throw these rankings out as Exhibit A as to why we do things the way we do here at Bolt Prospects. Hockey's Future has a habit of releasing their first rankings either before or during teams' training camps and preseason games and their final rankings before the hockey season finishes. We do the opposite (and do a midseason set of rankings) and the reason we do it should be pretty clear.

For instance, they have Mike Lundin at 14. Now it appears Lundin might have a 50/50 or better shot of making the Lightning's opening night roster. How is that going to reflect on HF's rankings if they have Lundin at 14 when he's in the NHL? That's why we do our rankings in early October after camp and the preseason is over.

It only takes a couple of good weeks of camp, a couple of good preseason games, and one or two injuries for a middle of the pack prospect to dramatically improve their stock and radically alter the landscape of a team's system. And it happens all the time in the NHL.

That is very well what Lundin may be doing right now, and why we're going to wait to see how this plays out before passing any judgements. It's fair. It's prudent. It's the right thing to do. We wish HF's upper management would adopt the same policy. It would improve the quality of their product.

David Schneider

Name: David Schneider
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Right
Height: 5.09
Weight: 190 lbs
Born: 8/24/1979
Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent, Summer 2007

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Jay Leach

Name: Jay Leach
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Height: 6.04
Weight: 220 lbs
Born: 9/2/1979
Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent, Summer 2007

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Bryce Lampman

Name: Bryce Lampman
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6.01
Weight: 199 lbs
Born: 8/31/82
Acquired: Acquired from the New York Rangers 7/4/2007 for LW Mitch Fritz

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Justin Courtnall

Name: Justin Courtnall
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6.03
Weight: 185 lbs
Born: 5/21/89
Acquired: 2007 Entry Draft, 7th round, 210 Overall

Junior Career
Despite being selected in the 11th round, 220th overall, of the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft by the Kelowna Rockets, Justin Courtnall has to this point retained his NCAA eligibility by playing the past two seasons in the BCHL. His rookie season in the BCHL came in 2006-2007 when after going scoreless for 5 games with the Victoria Grizzlies with 14 penalty minutes he was loaned to the Burnaby Express. In 48 games with the Express, Courtnall posted 5 goals and 14 points with 55 penalty minutes. At season's end Courtnall was rated the 181st best skating prospect in North America by the NHL Central Scouting Service and the Lightning selected him in the 7th Round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Just prior to draft day Courtnall was returned to Victoria, and as of yet there is no word of any college commitments for the young forward who is the son of former NHLer Geoff Courtnall.

Courtnall scored his first goal of the 2007-2008 season September 15 for Victoria against Powell River.

Professional Career
At present, because he has stayed in the BCHL to this point, it appears Courtnall is charting a course towards playing college hockey in the NHL. If that is indeed the road he chooses to take, it could be 5-6 years before the Lightning have to make a signing decision on the forward.

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Statistics Courtesy hockeydb.com

Profile Created 6/30/07 by Pete Choquette

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