Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune blogged the initial roster for Lightning camp today. No huge surprises except perhaps the inclusion of Mike Lundin over Mike Egener and Andy Rogers. My guess is this is to 1.) Send a message to Egener and Rogers for not developing as quickly as hoped and 2.) To get a first look at Lundin who has never attended a pro training camp having spent four years at Maine. It sets up a very odd scenario where Lundin, who gets the honor of attending Lightning camp, might get sent down and then struggle to make the Admirals with so much defensive depth in Norfolk this season.
The most interesting news came in the form of the defensive pairings in the key #6/#7 defenseman battleground roster spots. What conclusions do you draw? Mine? Matt Smaby's going to have to shoot wildly at his foot not to make this team and Dan Jancevski and Doug Janik look like the favorites over Bryce Lampman and Jay Leach for the other spot.
We'll see who steps up at Traverse City and shuffles the deck.
Roster and line combos after the flip:
I don't have official confirmation, but today was the scheduled unveiling of the new Admirals jerseys and this was posted by a fan on Admirals Zone:
Those are, um, colorful. No one can say they didn't see our kids coming from now on.
Norfolk's website confirms the Brett Hull circa the early 90's look is in for Ads.
Kelowna Rockets goaltender Torrie Jung had the "honor" of taking the loss for the first win by the WHL expansion Edmonton Oil Kings. The Oil Kings defeated Jung and the Rockets 4-3 Saturday during the Oil Kings Preseason Invitation in the the Edmonton area. Jung, who did not start the game for Kelowna, allowed two goals on 15 shots, including a breakaway goal.
Seattle fell to Everett 4-1 in Day 2 of Everett's Preseason Tournament, but Riku Helenius did not play for Seattle and Dane Crowley did not hit the scoresheet for Everett, who dressed more veterans this game.
Eat your heart out Gordon Solie...
Team Canada completed a 4 game sweep of the Russian leg of the Super Series today defeating Team Russia 4-2. Brad Marchand led the way for the Canadians with 2 goals and 1 assist in the contest. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell was again scoreless in the match. The Super Series will now shift to Canada for its remaining four games.
Lightning 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius made his much-anticipated North American debut Friday night for the Seattle Thunderbirds, albeit in a preseason game. Helenius played the first half of Seattle's 5-4 win over Chilliwack, stopping 17 of 18 shots. According to the Seattle papers, the Thunderbirds view Helenius' addition as a substantial piece to their league title chances.
Everett also began their preseason Friday night, but it is unclear as of yet if Dane Crowley played. The official WHL site does not provide stats for preseason games and a game report from the Silvertips did not mention Crowley in the game.
In the QMJHL, defensemen Michael Ward had an assist, four PIM, and a minus-1 rating for Lewiston in a 8-4 preseason loss to St. John.