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Prospects Development Camp Starts Wednesday

Here's the two groupings for the Tampa Bay Prospect Development Camp that starts Wednesday, July 3 and continues through the weekend.

Group A
Forwards (8): DiGiacinto, Drouin, Erne, Point, Richard, Salminen, Smith, Vermin
Defense (5): Blujus, Curran, MacLeod, Renouf, Thomas
Goaltending (2): Vasilevsky, Witt

Group B
Forwards (7): Costello, Darcy, Hart, Ikonen, Maclise, O'Donnell, Robinson
Defense (6): DeAngelo, Dotchin, Koekkoek, Masin, Milan
Goaltending (2): Gudlevskis, Wilcox

Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Final/Supplemental Rankings

Introduction
The golden age of the Lightning farm system continues. Despite the Syracuse Crunch's loss in the AHL's Calder Cup Finals, the Lightning organization can still boast arguably the finest prospect depth in the NHL. That depth is further bolstered by a 2013 NHL Entry Draft that saw the Lightning add a potential franchise player and also a player who was ranked by several scouting services in their top 15 prospects in the draft class. As of right now, it truly appears the Lightning may be set for a generation at the forward and goaltending positions. And, while there's still much work to be done on defense, it's no exaggeration to say the future has never been brighter. Indeed, Hockey Prospectus has even gone so far as to name the Lightning the top prospect system in the league, which is a true feather in the cap of an organization that was universally panned by the hockey media for player development just a half decade ago.

Bolt Prospects' 2013-2014 Final/Supplemental Rankings follow our websites rules for eligibility for prospects. Players 24 years or older on opening night of the Lightning's season (or what was supposed to be opening night prior to its cancellation due to the NHL lockout, in the case of this season) are considered overage prospects and are not eligible for the rankings. For that reason, a prospect like Riku Helenius isn't in the list. Additionally, skating prospects that have appeared in 41 NHL games in a single season or 82 career NHL games are no longer eligible for the list, which is why Brett Connolly is considered graduated and no longer in the rankings. For goaltenders, the bar is a little lower with 30 NHL decisions in a single season necessary for graduation and 41 NHL decisions in a career being the threshold to become a Bolt Prospects Alumni. Finally, all NCAA-based players remain eligible for the rankings regardless of age for the full duration of their college careers. There will be a quiz later.

Until then, please enjoy Bolt Prospects' 2013-2014 Final/Supplemental Rankings...

Bolts Hold Six Picks in 2013 NHL Draft

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning hold six selections in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Sunday, June 30, including the third overall pick. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lightning are scheduled to make their first selection with the third overall pick and then select in the second round (33rd overall), fifth round (124th overall), sixth round (154th overall) and the seventh round (184th and 186th overall). The Lightning traded their third round selection last summer to acquire goaltender Anders Lindback and traded their 2013 fourth round selection last summer to acquire forward B.J. Crombeen. The Lightning acquired a 2013 seventh round (186th overall) pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron on April 2, 2013.

Bolt Prospects 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings

We're now almost two months deep into the second NHL lockout in less than a decade. As difficult as it is to remember, though, hockey goes on. It goes on in small junior rinks in Canada and on campuses throughout the U.S. It goes on in the sporting halls of Sweden and Russia. And, it goes on in Syracuse, New York, where players on the cusp of making the highest level of hockey in the world patiently await the mere chance to make their case to play in the NHL. For those players, and in spite the cynical greed of the NHL's business wing, Bolt Prospects presents its 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings.

We delayed the release of the rankings a few weeks when optimism ran high that hockey would be back after Thanksgiving, believing that perhaps an NHL training camp was in the cards for some of our prospects. But with the breakdown of talks between the commissioner and the NHLPA, it looks like a Lightning camp is far from imminent. So, we press forward, in spite of the setback.

2011-12 Supplemental Rankings

Now that the 2012 NHL Entry Draft is complete along with the Lightning's Prospect Developmental Camp, Bolt Prospects is proud to release our 2011-2012 Supplemental Rankings, our final rankings of the season. We'll begin again in the Fall shortly after training camp with the 2012-2013 Preliminary Rankings. With the Lightning adding several good prospects through the draft and a banner season on the ice for the prospects the team already had, we have expanded our list from the traditional 20 to 25 which reflects the unprecedented depth the organization has developed this year.

A quick review of the rules, as always: skaters who play 41 or more NHL games in a single season or 82 or more career NHL games are considered graduated, and are no longer eligible for the rankings. As a consequence, Brett Connolly is no longer eligible for inclusion in the rankings. Goaltenders who earn 30 or more NHL decisions in a single season or 41 or more career NHL decisions are considered graduated, and are no longer eligible for the rankings. Players 24 years of age or over on opening night of the Lightning's season are considered overage prospects and are not eligible for inclusion in the rankings. NCAA players are exempt from the 24-year-old rule and are eligible for the rankings for the duration of their college careers.

With the disclaimers aside, here are our 2011-2012 Supplemental Rankings:

Prospects Development Camp Schedule and Roster

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the schedule for their 2012 development camp, which begins tomorrow at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. The team will gather for a team dinner and meeting tonight and hit the ice for the first time Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The camp will conclude with a 3-on-3 tournament on Friday and Saturday. The camp is free and open to the public.

The full camp schedule and roster groupings are available here

Bolt Prospects 2011-2012 Midterm Rankings

With the graduation of Brett Connolly from prospect status, it's finally time to release Bolt Prospects' 2011-2012 Midterm Rankings. While difficult for the Lightning at the NHL level, this season has proven to be incredibly exciting for the development of the team's prospects. The Lightning have never boasted such incredible depth in the system, and that depth extends to overage prospects like Trevor Smith, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, and J.T. Wyman, who have made positive contributions to the big club during injury recalls. The team should also be excited about the performance of AHL signees like Philip-Michael Devos and Cory Conacher, the latter of whom is a lock to earn an NHL entry-level contract from the Lightning very soon.

Bolt Prospects 2011-2012 Preliminary Rankings

Now that the season has begun, it's time to update our prospect rankings here on Bolt Prospects. Readers of the site know the drill, as we update our rankings three times during the season and add Supplemental Rankings shortly after the draft each year. But, for new readers, or for those who might've forgotten the rules, here's our legal disclaimer regarding prospect eligibility.

Bolt Prospects considers any prospect 24 years of age or older on opening night of the Lightning's season to be an overage prospect and ineligible for inclusion on the list. As a consequence, older prospects like Mattias Ritola, Blair Jones, and Johan Harju are no longer included on our list. The exception to the 24 year old rule is NCAA players, who shall remain eligible for the rankings so long as they remain in college. Bolt Prospects also has rules pertaining to a player's graduation from prospect status that also determines eligibility for the rankings. For skaters, any player who has played 41 or more NHL games in a single season or 82 or more career NHL games is ineligible for the list. As a consequence, players like James Wright and Dana Tyrell are ineligible for the list. For goaltenders, any player who receives 30 or more NHL decisions in a single season or 41 or more NHL decisions in a career is ineligible.

With all that in mind, here are Bolt Prospects 2011-2012 Preliminary Rankings:

Bolt Prospects 2010-2011 Supplemental Rankings

Now that the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is over, Bolt Prospects is issuing its 2011 Supplemental Rankings. The rankings add the 2011 draft picks, subtract prospects who did not receive qualifying offers from the club, and reflect some slight adjustments in the rankings based on changes in the depth chart. The remainder of this story includes the placement of the 2011 draft picks. For a full look at our Top-25 Rankings, please take a look at our Prospects page.

Bolts Announce Summer Prospects Camp Roster

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the roster for their 2011 development camp today. The roster, which includes three former first round picks, consists of 17 forwards, nine defensemen and four goaltenders. The camp will be held Wednesday, July 6 though Wednesday, July 13 at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, FL. The camp is open to the public and the schedule will be released at a later date.

Highlights of the roster include the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Brett Connolly, who recently signed an entry-level contract with the Lightning, as well as this summer’s first-round selection, Vladislav Namestnikov. Former first-round pick Carter Ashton and highly-touted prospect Richard Panik are also expected to attend.

Of the attendees, only James Wright played a game in the NHL last season, while 10 players played at least one in the American Hockey League. The roster also includes 22 players drafted by the Lightning, three signed as free agents and five invitees.

Included in the roster are four players from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, recently held at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Those players are Namestnikov, forwards Ondrej Palat and Matthew Peca, as well as goaltender Adam Wilcox.

The youngest player is Peca, at 18 years and two months, while the oldest is Jeff Dimmen at 25-years-old.

Free agent invitees include forwards Cory Conacher, Gabriel Desjardins, Philip-Michael Devos, Seth Griffith and blueliner Jeff Dimmen. Dimmen and Devos have AHL contracts in place with the Norfolk Admirals for the 2011-12 season.

Complete roster attached to this story.

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