The Tampa Bay Lightning’s annual 3-on-3 prospect tournament helped wrap-up development camp Sunday at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. Along the way the Bolts learned some valuable new things about their crop of rookies. Lightning beat reporterMissy Zielinski recaps what stood out during Day 2 of the tourney.
1. Team Filppula defended their undefeated record
Team Filppula boasted a 4-0-0 record at the end of the Round Robin part of the two-day, 3-on-3 tournament; however Team Carle threatened elimination of Team Filppula in the playoffs. The two ended regulation tied 2-2 in the semi-final round, but a Dylan Blujus shootout goal, which teammate Brayden Point called the most memorable goal of the tournament, turned out to be the game-winner, moving Team Filppula on to the Championship game. It then easily defeated Team Stamkos 5-1. Blujus was actually added to Team Filppula Sunday after his team was eliminated at the end of the Round Robin part of the tournament.
2. Costello has a hard shot
Jeff Costello did not only tie for the lead in points (13) during the tournament, but he also stood out to the organization in a different way. Costello and others warmed up for Day 2 of the tournament with a shooting drill. The 23-year-old took one shot that actually shattered the glass. Now that’s a way to make a statement.
3. A North American rink is no problem for Andrei Vasilevskiy
While netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy’s first year in North America is expected to have an adjustment period for him to get used to the smaller ice surfaces, his showing during the 3-on-3 tournament proved he will be up to the challenge. Not only was he playing on a smaller rink for the first time this week, but the ice surface was cut in half during the tournament, meaning he had to adjust all the more for faster plays, shots and puck movements. Still Vasilevskiy won the goalie portion of the tournament with a .806 save percentage and allowed just 19 goals on 98 shot attempts. He also appeared in the Championship game.
4. Pair of 2014 Bolts draftees showed why they deserve to be at camp
First-round draft pick in 2014, Anthony DeAngelo, was tied for the lead in scoring (Jeff Costello) with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and a .438 shooting percentage. The blueliner selected 19th overall took 16 shots in six games played. Third-round draftee Braden Point was also among the tops for scoring. Point recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) and took 20 shots. The two, and the rest of Team Filppula, walked away with the 3-on-3 Championship.
5. Bolts prospects have that competitive spirit
Jonathan Drouin put the troops to bed early Saturday in preparation for part two of the tournament Sunday and when his team, Team Brewer, was eliminated by a last-second goal by Team Stamkos in the semi-final round he slammed his stick on the ground in frustration. Tensions were also high during Team Filppula and Carle’s semifinal game, where a few words were exchanged during a tie game. The Lightning have often said one of the things they look for when drafting is compete level and they enjoyed the way the boys showed it this weekend.
To catch up on what happened on Day 1 of the tournament, clickhere.