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Draft History Statistics Updated

The Draft History page has been updated to reflect 2006-2007's regular season statistics.

Fun fact: while current Florida Panther Chris Gratton holds the career Lightning draft pick mark for NHL games played (1,008), he was surpassed this season by Vincent Lecavalier in career NHL goals (233). Roman Hamrlik still holds the mark for assists (374). Gratton is second (340), then Brad Richards (306), then Daymond Langkow (296). Gratton also holds the mark for career points (544) although his lead is a scant 34 points ahead of Lecavalier (510), who passed Hamrlik (505) this season. Lecavalier and Richards have played just 629 and 490 NHL games, for comparison purposes.

Not so fun fact: in just one season Columbus' Fredrik Norrena swept the Lightning draft pick career marks for games played (55) and wins (24) away from Zac Bierk (47 games played, 9 wins). Norrena became the first Lightning draft pick ever to reach double digits in wins. How sad is that?

More inside the numbers...

Falcons Clear Day Roster

The AHL released Clear Day rosters for every team in the league today. The Clear Day roster sets the 22 players who are elligible to play for a team the rest of the season and into the playoffs. Exceptions can only be made on an emergency basis in the case of injuries or recalls. These rosters don't prohibit amateur tryout signings or the addition of junior or college prospects once they complete their respective seasons.

Springfield Falcons Clear Day Roster
G Jonathan Boutin
G Karri Ramo

D Sylvain Dufresne
D Mike Egener
D Nick Kuiper
D Andy Rogers
D Jay Rosehill
D Joe Rullier
D Matt Smaby

F Stephen Baby
F Dan Cavanaugh
F Daniel Corso
F Mitch Fritz
F Eric Healey
F Adam Henrich
F Blair Jones
F Justin Keller
F Marek Kvapil
F Stanislav Lascek
F Norm Milley
F David Spina
F Kyle Wanvig

Absent from the list is defenseman PJ Atherton.

Prospects Page Updated

With the departure of Gerald Coleman to Anaheim's organization in the Shane O'Brien trade, we have removed Coleman from the prospects page. As a consequence, all prospects behind Coleman have moved up one spot each and we have selected winger Zbynek Hrdel to occupy the #25 spot in our rankings. Coleman is the second top-25 prospect to be traded since Bolt Prospects released it's Midterm Rankings in January, Andre Deveaux being the first.

In, Out, Up and Unsigned

There's been a pretty healthy conversation underway in the comments regarding the fate of Adam Henrich within the Lightning organization. One of the things I think that has been missing from the debate is a look at the bigger picture under the 50-man roster limit that the new CBA imposes on the NHL parent club. Prospects like Henrich who are in the final year of their NHL entry level contracts face the chance of being squeezed out by the new limits where they wouldn't have been under the old CBA. So, in order to understand the way the numbers game might play out, I think it's instructive to look at what prospects could be on the way in for next season:

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.

That Must've Killed HF Management

Hockey's Future [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=9166]finally released their first organizational rankings for the year.[/url] Ordinarilly finishing 27th out of 30 teams would be a cause for concern, but given Hockey's Future's history of blindly ranking the Lightning dead last out of bias (their Online Editor is a Thrashers fan with an agenda) without doing a lick of research and then regurgitating the same organizational strengths and weaknesses Chad and I wrote when we were at HF some 3-4 years ago, finishing 27th might as well be 17th. That's why it's hard, from my perspective, to see rankings like these and not crack a big smirk.

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.

Final Traverse City Statistics

[b]Final Lightning Traverse City Statistics:[/b] [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] 2-4-6 [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] 3-2-5 David Desharnais* 0-4-4 Marek Bartanus 2-1-3 [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] 1-2-3 [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] 0-3-3 [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] 2-0-2 [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] 1-1-2 Maxime Boisclair* 1-1-2 Todd Griffith* 1-0-1 [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] 1-0-1 Torrie Wheat* 1-0-1 [url=pj-Atherton]PJ Atherton*[/url] 0-1-1 [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] 0-1-1 Geoff Waugh* 0-1-1 Brian Woolger* 0-1-1 Clayton Barthel* 0-0-0 Travis Fuller* 0-0-0 Ryan Gibbons* 0-0-0 [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] 0-0-0 [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] 0-0-0 [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] 0-0-0 [i]*Denotes Tryout Player[/i] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url]: 126:00, 1-1-0, 63 Svs, 9 GA, 4.29 GAA, .875 sv% [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url], 125:04, 0-1-1, 52 Svs, 8 GA, 3.84 GAA, .867 sv% For reference purposes: [url=TC2005STATS]2005 Traverse City Statistics[/url] [url=TC2004STATS]2004 Traverse City Statistics[/url]

Prospects

Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

NO. PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
1 Andrei Vasilevskiy Goaltender 21 6.03 204 Tampa Bay (NHL)
2 Slater Koekkoek Defense 22 6.02 188 Tampa Bay (NHL)
3 Brayden Point Center 20 5.10 161 Syracuse (AHL)
4 Nikita Gusev Left Wing 23 5.09 173 St. Petersburg (KHL)
5 Adam Erne Left Wing 21 6.01 211 Syracuse (AHL)
6 Mitchell Stephens Center 19 5.11 187 Saginaw (OHL)
7 Matthew Peca Center 23 5.09 172 Syracuse (AHL)
8 Tanner Richard Center 23 5.11 184 Syracuse (AHL)
9 Kristers Gudlevskis Goaltender 23 6.03 205 Syracuse (AHL)
10 Dominik Masin Defense 20 6.02 194 Syracuse (AHL)
11 Joel Vermin Right Wing 24 5.10 187 Syracuse (AHL)
12 Dennis Yan Left Wing 19 6.01 187 Shawinigan (QMJHL)
13 Adam Wilcox Goaltender 23 6.00 183 Syracuse (AHL)
14 Matthew Spencer Defense 19 6.02 203 Peterborough (OHL)
15 Dylan Blujus Defense 22 6.03 198 Syracuse (AHL)
16 Mathieu Joseph Right Wing 19 6.00 168 Saint John (QMJHL)
17 Yanni Gourde Left Wing 24 5.09 170 Syracuse (AHL)
18 Anthony Cirelli Center 18 6.00 165 Oshawa (OHL)
19 Jonne Tammela Right Wing 18 5.11 185 Syracuse (AHL)
20 Daniel Walcott Defense 22 5.11 165 Syracuse (AHL)
21 Johnathan MacLeod Defense 20 6.02 198 Boston University (HEAST)
22 Ryan Zuhlsdorf Defense 18 6.00 194 Minnesota (Big Ten)
23 Jake Dotchin Defense 22 6.03 222 Syracuse (AHL)
24 Ben Thomas Defense 20 6.01 192 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
Boris Katchouk Left Wing 18 6.01 190 Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Brett Howden Center 18 6.02 192 Moose Jaw (WHL)
Christopher Paquette Center 18 6.01 174 Niagra (OHL)
Kris Oldham Goaltender 18 6.03 205 Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Libor Hajek Defense 18 6.01 196 Saskatoon (WHL)
Oleg Sosunov Defense 18 6.08 243 Loko-Yunior Yaroslavl (MHL B)
Otto Somppi Center 18 6.01 183 Halifax (QMJHL)
Taylor Raddysh Right Wing 18 6.01 203 Erie (OHL)
Bokondji Imama Left Wing 19 6.01 214 Saint John (QMJHL)
Connor Ingram Goaltender 19 6.01 194 Kamloops (WHL)
Ross Colton Center 19 6.00 190 University of Vermont (HEAST)
Ryan Lohin Center 20 6.00 190 Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
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)
Jimmy Mullin Right Wing 24 5.11 188 Minnesota State (WCHA)

Overage Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
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 Syracuse (AHL)
Mike Angelidis Center 30 6.01 210 Syracuse (AHL)

Defected Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
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

GRAD DATE PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
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

Lightning Traverse City Camp Roster

Boltprospects exclusive! Correspondant Chad Schnarr has managed to get a copy of the Lightning's Traverse City camp roster from Head Scout Jake Goertzen:
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