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Trade Summary

Here is a summary of the day's trades from the [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=909]Lightning draft press release[/url]:

Vladimir Mihalik

The Lightning threw a major curveball with their 30th pick and selected Slovakian defenseman [url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/prospect.php?pid=4441]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] despite indications the team was looking for a forward. Mihalik is considered a "Zdeno Chara" type defenseman standing at 6'7" 222 lbs. He is expected to play for Red Deer of the WHL next season where head coach and former Lightning player [url=http://www.reddeerrebels.com/display_story.php?story_id=738]Brent Sutter gives glowing reviews of the blueliner. [/url] McKeen's hockey [url=http://mckeenshockey.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=428608]gives mixed reviews to Mihalik's U-18 performance.[/url]

Feaster Confirms Lightning After Forwards

I hope this puts into perspective a lot of the mock drafts I've seen floating around with the Lightning taking goaltenders or defensemen. [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBGZA7BRBE.html]Jay Feaster confirms in tomorrow's Tampa Tribune column by Erik Erlendsson that the team is looking for scoring forward help.[/url] He says: [i]"As we have assessed where we are in the minors and in the organization, again, the goal-scorers and skilled forwards are the guys we don't have enough of," Feaster said. "We really need to try to focus on some snipers and some guys who can make some plays."[/i]

Draft Order Settled

The NHL has announced that [url=http://www.bostonbruins.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=1473]the Tampa Bay Lightning will receive an additional 5th round pick as compensation for losing unrestricted free agent Jassen Cullimore to the Chicago Blackhawks[/url]. With that settled, the Lightning hold six picks going into tomorrow's draft which will commence at 12 pm Eastern:

Pete's Draft Preview

The sprint to the 2005-2006 NHL season is on, and while Jay Feaster wines and dines the agents of the Lightning's current stars attempting to lock them up to long term deals I will take a look at what hopefully will become the next generation of Lightning stars and the 2005 Entry Draft.

#30

The Lightning will have the 30th pick in the first round of the 2005 draft. Draft preview and players of interest to come in the following days.

NHL Draft Lottery Pushed Back One Day

[url=http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/07/230562.html]NHL.com is reporting[/url] the NHL draft lottery and CBA ratification have been pushed back a day from the previously rumored date of Thursday the 21st to Friday the 22nd. Canadian sports network TSN [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature.asp?fid=7314]will announce the results of the lottery with a special presentation at 4pm Friday.[/url]

'Snaggle' snags AHL honor

Tampa Bay Lightning center Eric Perrin was named to the AHL Canadian All-Star team today. Perrin, playing for Hershey during the lockout, leads the Bears with 37 points on 13 goals and 24 assists through 43 games. Perrin, who was a late-season call-up for the Bolts in 2003-'04, also appeared in last year's AHL All-Star game, registering two assists. He had one assist in 16 appearances for the Lightning, including 12 post-season games. Congratulations to :E

That's gotta hurt

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards returned to his parents' home in Murray Harbor, PEI, on Thursday after being released from a Philadelphia hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a severe tear in his lower abdominal wall. Richards, who won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP during the Lightning's Stanley Cup run in June, had been playing during the lockout for Ak Bars Kazan in Russia. He returned to North America in December after only 7 games (2+5) with the team, citing pain in his hip and abdomen. It was originally diagnosed as a sports hernia. Richards expects to be able to begin working out again by late-March, which would be just in time for the home-stretch if the NHL's lockout gets resolved (yeah, right).

Auf wiedersehen, Nolan

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nolan Pratt has signed with EV Duisburg of Germany's Second Bundesliga for the remainder of the season. Pratt will join Die Fuchse (that's "The Foxes" to you and me) in a couple of weeks, at which point there will be only about a month remaining in their season. If that doesn't tell you everything you need to know about how the CBA negotiations are going, you're thicker than a Hardee's half-pounder. Pratt's been keeping in shape playing pickup with Cory Sarich, Chris Dingman, Dave Andreychuk and Johnny Grahame at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.
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