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2006 Lightning Training Camp Roster

Training camp for the 2006-2007 Lightning will start this Thursday. For a schedule, see TampaBayLightning.com. Of note: The roster, courtesy of the Lightning and Erik Erlendsson of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], features free agent invitees Clayton Barthel and Geoff Waugh, Springfield contracts Zdenek Blatny, PJ Atherton, Dan Cavanaugh, John Adams, and Sylvain Dufresne, Johnstown contract Doug Andress, and unsigned Tampa Bay prospects Chris Lawrence, Marek Bartanus, Dane Crowley, and Vladimir Mihalik. Late additions could be included today after the conclusion of the Traverse City prospects tournament. 2006 Camp Roster:

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Lightning Rookies Cough Up Lead, Drop to 0-3

Despite at one time holding a 3 goal lead today, the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City dropped yet another 1 goal decision today to the Thrashers' prospects 6-5. [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to the Trib's Erik Erlendsson[/url], [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] allowed 6 goals on 25 shots in the loss. The Lightning prospects' offense at least snapped out of their slumber today as [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] had 2 goals, [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist each, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] had 3 assists, [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] had a shorthanded goal and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and tryout invitee David Desharnais also had helpers.

Lightning Prospects Drop to 0-2

Erik Erlendsson of the Trib writes on his blog that the Lightning [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]lost another nail biter tonight 2-1 to the Red Wings prospects.[/url] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 25 of 27 shots faced but was unable to stop the Wings from scoring the game winner with less than five minutes to play in the final frame. The Lightning's lone goal was scored by tryout invitee Torrie Wheat on assists by [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] and Marek Bartanus. The Hockey’s Future recap singles out Ramo and invitees David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy for their good play. HF says Tampa only managed 19 shots on goal against the Wings, but did hit a post.

Lightning Lines Taking Shape?

Usually fans can get a good idea what the Lightning are thinking in terms of line combos by how players are arranged to start training camp scrimmages. Looking a few entries into Erik Erlendsson’s blog, he lists the frontrunners for the third and fourth lines. According to Erlendsson, of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], the Lightning have placed Ryan Craig with Andreas Karlsson, which is of no surprise, because we've heard all off-season that they want the third line to be a scoring line and for Karlsson to help make that happen. Speculation centers around who will be the other winger on that line, with candidates including Nick Tarnasky, Rob DiMaio, Norm Milley, Darren Reid, Nikita Alexeev, Eric Perrin, and a few others. The Lightning are giving a prime opportunity to Alexeev here, it seems, as a line of Craig-Karlsson-Alexeev is set to compete in scrimmages. Reid is scheduled to play on this team in scrimmages. The other line battle fans have been mulling over is the more physical and/or offensively capable fourth line.
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