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Updated Statistics for Lightning Prospects in Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland

Because the most important young prospects in the Lightning's system in Europe are generally found in Finland, Russia and Sweden, Bolt Prospects doesn't run daily reports from some of the other leagues on the continent. This post is to update the progress of prospects in the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland:

Soucy Suspended by ECHL

Jean-Francois Soucy has been suspended for one game, which will be served Friday. The LW/C was given an instigator penalty in the final 5 minutes of Phoenix's last game, an automatic suspension by league rules. The exhiled former Springfield Falcon has 0 goals and 6 assists in 11 games this season with a -3 rating and a team leading 56 penalty minutes. Phoenix (3-6-2) currently sits in last place of the Western Division of the ECHL's National Conference.

Superleague Reopens

Anton But assisted on a third period goal today in Lokomotiv's 3-3 tie with Tver. Meanwhile, for Togliatti, Vasily Koshechkin allowed two third period goals to fall to 7-3-1 on the season losing to Novosibirsk 2-0. In Moscow, where Dynamo fell to CSKA 6-3, Dimitry Kazionov did not dress for his new club. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the tilt.

Falcons Sign Spina to PTO

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2818.shtml]have announced the signing of winger Dave Spina to a professional tryout contract.[/url] Spina, 21, has spent the first part of the season with South Carolina of the ECHL where he notched 7 goals in 11 games. Prior to that Spina played 8 games with Utah of the AHL after finishing up an impressive junior career with Boston College of the Hockey East conference where he had his career season as a sophomore with 17 goals and 37 points in 37 games. Spina, who is 5'11" 185 lbs. is a good skater who is expected to contribute offensively for the Falcons.

A Moment of Recognition

Before the last of the Superleague scores for the day come in and we begin reporting on the Lightning's prospects in this new post-November trade period environment, I would just like to take a moment to recognize what Vasily Koshechkin did prior to this point. No single Lightning prospect will be more negatively effected by the massive salary dump that took place in Togliatti over the past two weeks. Koshechkin now faces the prospect of playing behind a glorified Upper League team. Whatever comes though the rest of the season, it should not diminish what Koshechkin was able to do in the last month. Prior to today's games, Koshechkin was 7-2-1 with a 0.82 GAA and a .960 save percentage. Both of the latter led the league. And, with 6 shutouts, Koshechkin was also tied with Travis Scott of Magnitogorsk for tops in that statistical category as well. 6 shutouts in 9 games, no matter what happens from here on out, will be a feat perhaps never to be duplicated by a Lightning prospect at the elite league level. So, Bolt Prospects takes a hat off to you Vasily.
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