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Lightning/Falcons Sign Forward Ryan Vesce

The Springfield Falcons in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2746.shtml]signing of center Ryan Vesce.[/url] The diminuitive Vesce, at just 5'8" 170 lbs., spent last season with Rogle BK of the Swedish Alsvenskan where he led his club with 20 goals and 45 points in 43 games. Prior to that, the 23 year old played four years in the ECAC for Cornell where he compiled 128 points in 131 games. His career year came as a junior when he led Cornell in scoring with 19 goals and 45 points in 36 games. With outstanding speed and skill, the native of Lloyd Harbor, NY draws obvious comparisons to former ECAC alum's Martin St. Louis and Eric Perrin. An added bonus may be Vesce's faceoff ability. Vesce won 55% of his draws last season in the initial phase of the Alsvenskan schedule in the Sodra division, 65% in the Superalsvenskan and 57% in the promotion tournament, the Playoff till Kvalserien.

Lightning Sign D Todd Rohloff

TSN Canada is reporting the Lightning [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=135607]has signed 31 year old defenseman Todd Rohloff.[/url]

Polushin Notches Assist in Opening Day Victory

Severstal Cherepovets jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead today and never looked back as they defeated Lada Togliatti 4-1 in the season opener. Lightning prospect Alexander Polushin assisted on a Sergei Soin power play goal to cap the scoring for Cherepovets.

Alexeev Scores In Superleague Opener

Last night marked the opening of the Traverse City Prospect Tournament and today marks the beginning of the European hockey season as the Russian Superleague kicks off it's regular season schedule. Bolt Prospects will update scores as they become available. Avangard Omsk defeated Novosibirsk 4-3 today in overtime. Lightning left wing prospect Nikita Alexeev scored Omsk's second goal in the victory. In other news, winger Alexei Glukhov has rejoined the Khimik organization and had 2 penalty minutes in the team's opening 5-2 loss to Novokuznetsk.

Goertzen: Mihalik Impressive in TC Debut

Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen, fresh off watching his prospects dismantle Atlanta’s prospects 5-3 Tuesday night, said 2005 first round pick Vladimir Mihalik looked “impressive” with his Tampa Bay teammates. Goertzen complimented Mihalik’s skating ability, decision making, and heavy shot. “He played with a lot of poise,” said Goertzen of the 6’8 ½”, 234 pound Slovakian defenseman. Goertzen also singled out the play of 2005 pick Marek Kvapil, saying he “attracted a lot of attention with his nifty moves.” Kvapil, who opened the scoring for Tampa Bay against Atlanta, was signed this summer after being a sixth round selection in July’s NHL Entry Draft. A 25 goal scorer last season for OHL Saginaw, Kvapil could provide offense to Springfield and/or Johnstown this season.
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