Fadden, Mitch

For Fadden, Time Is Now

For Mitch Fadden, September will be the month that decides where he spends the next year. As the Lethbridge training camp begins, Tampa's 2007 4th round pick is still without a pro contract from the Lightning. After attending the Bolt's Prospect Camp in Victoria, BC last month, the Lightning still want to see more of Fadden before making a decision on where he spends the 2008-09 season.

In talking with the Lethbridge Herald, the WHL's sixth leading scorer was upbeat about the start of the Hurricane's camp, “It’s business as usual, everyone is excited to get back on the ice and we’re ready to start the season.”

Bolt Prospects News Bits

A recap of recent news from around the world of Bolt Prospects, with updates on the futures of Johan Harju, Mitch Fadden, Dane Crowley, and Luca Cunti...

Kvapil to Europe

After a couple of months of rumors indicating he might go back to Europe, Eurohockey.net is reporting that Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil has signed with Vitkovice of the Czech Extraliga for next season. Kvapil, 23, struggled the past two seasons to reach the promise he showed as a rookie in 2005-2006 when he scored 18 goals and 45 points in 79 games with the Springfield Falcons. Plagued by inconsistent effort and turnovers in the neutral zone, Kvapil languished in the ECHL for half of last season with the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Kvapil's decision is the first of a string of prospect roster moves to come in the next couple of months. Bolt Prospects' Chad Schnarr will have more on Johan Harju, Mitch Fadden, and Dane Crowley in the coming week.

WHL Championship Game Night 5/7: Fadden Finished

WHL FINALS

Game 4: (W-3) Spokane Chiefs 4 @ (E-3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 1
Spokane wins Best of 7 series 4-0

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (holding)
Playoffs: 19 GP, 5-15-20, -3, 17 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

Spokane completed the four game sweep of Lethbridge with a 4-1 win in Game 4 tonight (Wednesday) to win the 2008 WHL championship. Fadden was scoreless in all four games and finished the series with a minus-6 rating. He finishes the playoffs with 20 points in 19 games, good enough for fourth (tie) in the league.

What’s Next for Fadden: The Lightning are starved for offensive production on the farm and Fadden is one of the first of a new wave of forward draftees expected to help in that area. Fadden and his representatives will sit down with Claude Loiselle and Jay Feaster of the Lightning over the next weeks to hash out Fadden’s first professional contract. Once signed, Fadden will likely end up on Norfolk next season. Fadden’s first step toward playing in the NHL – after signing a contract – will be to earn a spot in the Lightning’s training camp.

Note: With the completion of Fadden's season, there are no Lightning prospects left playing this year.

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