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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.

Prospects

Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

NO. PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
1 Jonathan Drouin Left Wing 19 5.11 191 Halifax (QMJHL)
2 Andrey Vasilevskiy Goaltender 19 6.03 204 Ufa (KHL)
3 Slater Koekkoek Defense 20 6.02 188 Windsor (OHL)
4 Vladislav Namestnikov Center 21 6.00 179 Syracuse (AHL)
5 Adam Erne Left Wing 18 6.01 211 Syracuse (AHL)
6 Kristers Gudlevskis Goaltender 21 6.03 205 Tampa Bay (NHL)
7 Matthew Peca Left Wing 20 5.09 172 Quinnipiac (ECAC)
8 Cody Kunyk Center 23 5.11 194 Tampa Bay (NHL)
9 Cedric Paquette Center 20 6.01 200 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10 Jonathan Marchessault Left Wing 23 5.09 163 Syracuse (AHL)
11 Yanni Gourde Left Wing 22 5.09 170 Syracuse (AHL)
12 Brian Hart Right Wing 20 6.03 215 Harvard (ECAC)
13 Henri Ikonen Left Wing 20 5.11 188 Syracuse (AHL)
14 Tanner Richard Center 21 5.11 184 Syracuse (AHL)
15 Adam Wilcox Goaltender 21 6.00 183 Minnesota (WHCA)
16 Dylan Blujus Defense 20 6.03 207 North Bay (OHL)
17 Nikita Nesterov Defense 21 6.00 191 Syracuse (AHL)
18 Luke Witkowski Defense 24 6.02 210 Syracuse (AHL)
19 Jaroslav Janus Goaltender 24 6.00 194 Bratislava (KHL)
20 Jake Dotchin Defense 20 6.03 212 Barrie (OHL)
21 Dalton Smith Left Wing 21 6.02 203 Syracuse (AHL)
22 Artem Sergeev Defense 21 6.01 213 Syracuse (AHL)
23 Joel Vermin Right Wing 22 5.10 187 Syracuse (AHL)
24 Danick Gauthier Left Wing 22 6.02 212 Florida (ECHL)
25 Nikita Gusev Left Wing 21 5.09 173 Khanty-Mansiysk (KHL)
* = 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
Saku Salminen Center 19 6.03 202 Kiekko-Vantaa (FIN-2)
Brendan O'Donnell Left Wing 21 6.00 188 North Dakota (WCHA)
Charles Landry Defense 22 6.01 198 Syracuse (AHL)
Daniel Milan Defense 22 6.03 210 Brampton (CHL)
Jimmy Mullin Right Wing 22 5.11 188 Miami (Ohio) (CCHA)
Philippe Paradis Left Wing 23 6.02 205 Syracuse (AHL)

Overage Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Dmitry Korobov Defense 25 6.02 236 Syracuse (AHL)
Dan Sexton Right Wing 26 5.09 165 TPS (FIN)
Geoff Walker Right Wing 26 6.02 225 Florida (ECHL)
Pierre-Cedric Labrie Left Wing 27 6.03 234 Syracuse (AHL)
Cedrick Desjardins Goaltender 28 6.00 192 Syracuse (AHL)
Mike Angelidis Center 28 6.01 213 Syracuse (AHL)
Jean-Philippe Cote Defense 31 6.01 205 Syracuse (AHL)

Defected Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Denis Kazionov Left Wing 26 6.02 192 Omsk (KHL)
Jan Zapletal Defense 27 6.01 183 Unknown
Alexei Glukhov Left Wing 29 6.04 214 Ufa (KHL)
Dmitri Kazionov Center 29 6.03 194 Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Albert Vishnyakov Left Wing 30 6.02 187 Astana (KAZ)
Alexander Polushin Right Wing 30 6.03 212 Unknown
Vasily Koshechkin Goaltender 30 6.07 231 Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Vitali Smolianinov Center 30 6.03 236 Krasnoyarsk (VHL)
Ilya Solarev Center 31 6.03 198 Danbury (FHL)
Pavel Sedov Right Wing 31 6.03 205 Unknown
Anton But Left Wing 33 6.02 201 Unknown
Dmitri Bezrukov Right Wing 36 6.03 196 Retired

Bolt Prospects Alumni

GRAD DATE PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
04/10/2014 Andrej Sustr Defense 23 6.08 225 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/13/2014 Nikita Kucherov Right Wing 20 5.11 174 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/08/2014 Richard Panik Right Wing 23 6.01 208 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/01/2014 J.T. Brown Right Wing 23 5.10 170 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/27/2014 Mark Barberio Defense 23 6.01 202 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/13/2014 Radko Gudas Defense 23 6.00 204 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Alex Killorn Left Wing 24 6.01 202 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Tyler Johnson Center 23 5.10 183 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Ondrej Palat Left Wing 23 6.00 180 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/08/2013 Ben Bishop Goaltender 27 6.07 216 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/16/2013 Anders Lindback Goaltender 25 6.06 203 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/29/2013 Keith Aulie Defense 24 6.06 229 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/19/2012 Tim Wallace Right Wing 29 6.02 182 Örebro (SEL)
02/11/2012 Brett Connolly Right Wing 21 6.02 200 Syracuse (AHL)
01/12/2011 Dana Tyrell Left Wing 24 5.10 188 Springfield (AHL)
03/12/2010 Paul Szczechura Center 28 5.10 186 Riga (KHL)
01/08/2010 Victor Hedman Defense 23 6.06 236 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2010 Zenon Konopka Center 33 6.00 215 Minnesota (NHL)
01/06/2010 James Wright Left Wing 23 6.04 212 Winnipeg (NHL)
11/22/2009 Steve Downie Right Wing 26 5.10 188 Philadelphia (NHL)
04/07/2009 Karri Ramo Goaltender 27 6.03 207 Calgary (NHL)
04/07/2009 Matt Smaby Defense 29 6.06 239 Munich (DEL)
01/12/2009 Steven Stamkos Center 24 6.00 186 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/01/2008 Mike Smith Goaltender 31 6.04 215 Phoenix (NHL)
01/19/2008 Mathieu Darche Left Wing 38 6.01 210 Retired
01/03/2008 Mike Lundin Defense 29 6.02 191 Astana (KHL)
03/01/2007 Karl Stewart Left Wing 30 5.11 185 Straubing (DEL)
02/09/2007 Johan Holmqvist Goaltender 35 6.01 190 Brynas (SEL)
01/13/2007 Nick Tarnasky Left Wing 31 6.02 233 Hamilton (AHL)
01/04/2007 Doug Janik Defense 33 6.02 210 San Antonio (AHL)
01/04/2007 Eric Perrin Center 36 5.09 176 JYP (SM-liiga)
04/03/2006 Ryan Craig Center 31 6.02 220 Columbus (NHL)
01/24/2006 Evgeny Artyukhin Right Wing 30 6.04 254 Mytishchi (KHL)
01/20/2006 Paul Ranger Defense 29 6.02 215 Toronto (NHL)

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.
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