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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=]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]


Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

1 Andrei Vasilevskiy Goaltender 21 6.03 204 Tampa Bay (NHL)
2 Anthony DeAngelo Defense 19 5.11 168 Syracuse (AHL)
3 Slater Koekkoek Defense 21 6.02 188 Syracuse (AHL)
4 Adam Erne Left Wing 20 6.01 211 Syracuse (AHL)
5 Nikita Nesterov Defense 22 6.00 191 Tampa Bay (NHL)
6 Mitchell Stephens Center 18 5.11 187 Saginaw (OHL)
7 Brayden Point Center 19 5.10 161 Moose Jaw (WHL)
8 Matthew Peca Center 22 5.09 172 Syracuse (AHL)
9 Jonathan Marchessault Left Wing 24 5.09 163 Syracuse (AHL)
10 Dennis Yan Left Wing 18 6.01 187 Shawinigan (QMJHL)
11 Nikita Gusev Left Wing 23 5.09 173 Khanty-Mansiysk (KHL)
12 Matthew Spencer Defense 18 6.02 203 Peterborough (OHL)
13 Kristers Gudlevskis Goaltender 23 6.03 205 Syracuse (AHL)
14 Adam Wilcox Goaltender 22 6.00 183 Syracuse (AHL)
15 Dominik Masin Defense 19 6.02 194 Peterborough (OHL)
16 Yanni Gourde Left Wing 23 5.09 170 Syracuse (AHL)
17 Johnathan MacLeod Defense 19 6.02 198 Boston University (HEAST)
18 Tanner Richard Center 22 5.11 184 Syracuse (AHL)
19 Dylan Blujus Defense 21 6.03 198 Syracuse (AHL)
20 Daniel Walcott Defense 21 5.11 165 Syracuse (AHL)
21 Anthony Cirelli Center 18 6.00 165 Oshawa (OHL)
22 Jonne Tammela Right Wing 18 5.11 185 KalPa (FIN)
23 Jake Dotchin Defense 21 6.03 222 Syracuse (AHL)
24 Henri Ikonen Left Wing 21 5.11 188 Syracuse (AHL)
25 Joel Vermin Right Wing 23 5.10 187 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

Kris Oldham Goaltender 18 6.03 205 Omaha (USHL)
Mathieu Joseph Right Wing 18 6.00 168 Saint John (QMJHL)
Ryan Zuhlsdorf Defense 18 6.00 194 Sioux City (USHL)
Ben Thomas Defense 19 6.01 192 Calgary (WHL)
Bokondji Imama Left Wing 19 6.01 214 Saint John (QMJHL)
Cristiano DiGiacinto Right Wing 19 5.11 185 Windsor (OHL)
Saku Salminen Center 20 6.03 202 Jokerit (FIN)
Brian Hart Right Wing 21 6.03 215 Syracuse (AHL)
Cameron Darcy Center 21 6.00 185 Syracuse (AHL)
David Broll Left Wing 22 6.02 220 Syracuse (AHL)
Jimmy Mullin Right Wing 23 5.11 188 Minnesota State (WCHA)

Overage Prospects

Carter Ashton Right Wing 24 6.03 216 Nizhny Novgorod (KHL)
Philippe Paradis Left Wing 24 6.02 205 Syracuse (AHL)
Luke Witkowski Defense 25 6.02 210 Syracuse (AHL)
Matt Taormina Defense 28 5.10 182 Syracuse (AHL)
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)
Vitali Smolianinov Center 31 6.03 236 Karaganda (KAZ)
Alexander Polushin Right Wing 32 6.03 212 Retired
Vasily Koshechkin Goaltender 32 6.07 231 Magnitogorsk (KHL)
Ilya Solarev Center 33 6.03 198 Pavlodar (KAZ)
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

04/04/2015 Vladislav Namestnikov Center 22 6.00 179 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/03/2015 Jonathan Drouin Left Wing 20 5.11 191 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/31/2015 Cedric Paquette Right Wing 21 6.01 200 Tampa Bay (NHL)
04/10/2014 Andrej Sustr Defense 24 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 23 6.01 208 Toronto (NHL)
03/01/2014 J.T. Brown Right Wing 25 5.10 170 Tampa Bay (NHL)
02/27/2014 Mark Barberio Defense 25 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 24 5.10 183 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Ondrej Palat Left Wing 24 6.00 180 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/08/2013 Ben Bishop Goaltender 28 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 Unsigned
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 24 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 25 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 Unsigned
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:

Traverse City Tourney Game On

Special thanks to moderator and Lightning web community diva MissK for this: [url=]The annual Traverse City prospect tournament is tentatively scheduled for September 4th through 19th.[/url]
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