The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Alex Hutchings and goaltender Pat Nagle to the ECHL's Florida Everblades today. In addition, the Lightning's to affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, assigned forward Philip-Michael Devos to the Everblades. These moves were announced today by Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois.
Hutchings (pictured) spent most of last season with the Everblades after nearly hitting 50 goals his final year of junior hockey with OHL Barrie. In his first year pro, Hutchings had 13 goals and 26 points in 51 ECHL games. He added three points in four playoff games with Florida, and was scoreless in his only appearance with the Admirals.
The Admirals win the trilogy of preseason contests.
Dustin Tokarski stopped 30 of 32 in his final tune-up before the regular season.
NOR 1:08 Ouellet
STJ 4:48 Armstrong
STJ 14:49 Jaffray, (Rossa)
NOR 18:39 Dimmen (PP)
NOR 7:30 Picard, (Smith)
NOR 16:10 Ashton, (Conacher, Barberio)(PP)
NOR 19:39 Johnson (EN)
Tyler Johnson ends up the only Admiral with points in all three preseason games.
Game story from NorfolkAdmirals.com.
Jaroslav Janus allowed 4 goals for the loss.
NOR 2:44 Johnson
STJ 19:08 Matte, (Melichiori)
STJ 8:30 Murray
NOR 14:57 Smith
STJ 17:36 Lampe, (Redmond)(PP)
STJ 18:05 Redmond (PP)
STJ 19:19 Armstrong (EN)
The star of these two preseason games for the Ads was Tyler Johnson, who had a couple of helpers and a goal over the past two nights. You don't score a ton like this young man did in the WHL without having some idea how to play the game. It wouldn't shock me in the slightest to see him put up a 20+ goal 50+ point rookie campaign.
Game recap from NorfolkAdmirals.com.
Each preseason, hockey fans are gripped by a story of an underdog roster candidate forcing his way onto an NHL club. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Brett Connolly and college free agent Cory Conacher have dominated headlines early this fall at the Lightning's training camp in that respect. While Conacher was eventually moved to the AHL, Connolly's chances to stick with the Lightning continue to increase.
He's this year's preseason story.
NOR 2:33 Labrie, (Smith)
NOR 11:57 DeVos, (Palat)
NOR 14:08 Vernace, (Johnson, Wright)
NOR 9:02 Dimmen, (Johnson, Wright)
STJ 1:15 Cameron
STJ 5:41 King
NOR 13:34 Fornataro, (Picard)(PP)
Game recap from NorfolkAdmirals.com.
The Tampa Bay Lightning cut 27 players from its training camp roster Sunday, including 12 of the clubâ€™s prospects. Only prospects Mattias Ritola, Brett Connolly, and Scott Jackson remained with the club after the weekend.
â€œIâ€™ve got to pay my dues to get up here and be a producing player,â€ Ritola said before cut-down day. â€œI've got to do the work first. I feel really excited to be here right now.â€
Ritola spent time in Grand Rapids of the AHL two years ago and passed through waivers to get to AHL Norfolk last season. Heâ€™s still paying his dues and putting in the work to get to and stay in the NHL.
Other prospects are beginning that process, which starts with training camp.
The Lightning make its NHL training camp as beneficial as possible for prospects and does its best to keep in contact with them after cut-down day.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned 26 players to the Admirals, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Dustin Tokarski spent the first weekend of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2011 training camp in a nice new Lightning cap and standard-issue Lightning shorts and t-shirt, standing at the glass watching his teammates make their impressions on Lightning management. An abdominal injury kept Tokarski out of the Coral Springs rookie tournament, and now the highly competitive start of training camp.
Things started looking up for the former Memorial Cup MVP Wednesday as the Tampa Tribune reported the two MRIs done on Tokarski revealed no damage. He was back on the ice Wednesday morning.
And just in time.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning will open their 2011 Rookie Camp with fitness testing and physicals at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum on Friday, September 9, the team announced today. The prospects will hit the ice in Brandon the following day, Saturday, September 10.
For the first time in franchise history the Lightning prospects will travel to the Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs, Florida for a three-team rookie tournament which begins Sunday, September 11. The tournament will also feature prospects from the Florida Panthers and
Nashville Predators. The camp and tournament schedule is as follows:
Last week we looked at which defensemen and goaltenders could see time with the Lightning this year. Today, we take a look at the forwards.
Unlike the defensemen and goalies, figuring out which forward prospects could make the team out of camp and which ones could earn a call-up is far from simple. Therefore, weâ€™ll break down the candidates individually.
These 10 forwards, combined with the eight defensemen Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman expects to keep, as well as two goaltenders, leaves three roster spots open. Head Coach Guy Boucher will likely switch between dressing six and seven defensemen, meaning of the three forward spots open only one is guaranteed to play. It is also possible the team could carry only 12 forwards as they did last season in spurts.
While Yzerman, Boucher, and management say roster spots will be earned in a meritocracy system - and that is what the players need to hear - in todayâ€™s NHL, contract status (not necessarily salary in this case) plays a huge part in roster management. Also high on the list is the opportunity for development-rich playing time.
The Lightning currently have 44 players under contract on their 50-man organizational roster, including Brett Connolly, who only counts if he plays more than nine games at the NHL level.
Hereâ€™s a look at the candidates to fill the three open forward positions with the 2011-2012 Tampa Bay Lightning.