One of the reasons the Springfield Falcons haven't been in much of a hurry to sort out its roster which currently has a glut at the defenseman and goaltending positions is because the organization's ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs, has yet to officially open camp. That all changes Sunday as Lightning prospects like Jonathan Boutin and Jay Rosehill will get their first taste of the Lightning's "AA" affiliate.
The team will play an intrasquad scrimmage on October 12th at home before travelling to Greensburg, PA on the 13th for a preseason game against Wheeling. The preseason schedule will draw to a close the 15th when they square off with the Nailers again in Wheeling before the puck drops on their 2005-2006 regular season against Reading on the 22nd.
The Springfield Falcons made their first cuts yesterday assigning 10 players to Johnstown of the ECHL. None of the players cut were Lightning prospects. The Falcons' roster now stands at 32 heading into their first official preseason game.
The bad news is that the Johnstown Chiefs lost 5-2 to Toledo tonight.
The good news for Lightning prospect watchers is that JF Soucy notched 2 assists and Adam Henrich added 1 goal in the game. Henrich is now riding a three game point streak into tomorrow night's game against Wheeling.