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Lightning to Participate in Coral Springs Rookie Tournament

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning, along with three other NHL teams, will participate in the rookie tournament at the Saveology IcePlex in Coral Springs, Florida, practice facility of the Florida Panthers. Games will be played September 6-8 with the Lightning playing a game on each day for a total of three.

Tampa Bay will field an exciting line-up for the games in Coral Springs, including a number of top prospects in both the professional and amateur ranks. The third overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, will make his debut at the tournament, as will fellow 2013 draftee, Adam Erne, fresh off an impressive performance at the USA Hockey’s World Junior Championship Development Camp. Top college free agent signings from the previous two seasons, J.T. Brown, who played five games with the Lightning during the 2011-12 season, as well as Andrej Sustr, who appeared in two games with Tampa Bay and helped the Syracuse Crunch to the Calder Cup Final in 2012-13. Top prospects Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, Tanner Richard, Cedric Paquette, Dylan Blujus, Slater Koekkoek and Nikita Nesterov will also attend. In all, 24 players will represent the Lightning.

The Lightning’s team will open camp at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on September 4. They will practice again on September 5 before heading to Coral Springs. Both practices at the Times Forum are free and open to the public.

Below is Tampa Bay’s game schedule:

Friday, Sept. 6th  - 2 p.m. vs.  Nashville Predators

Saturday, Sept. 7th - Noon vs. Boston Bruins

Sunday, Sept. 8th - 4 p.m. vs. Florida Panthers

The Saveology IcePlex is located at 3299 Sportsplex Dr. Coral Springs, FL 33065. Admission to the rookie tournament is free. All fans must pre-register for free tickets at and print out a ticket before attending. Registration will be required for entry, as seating will be limited.

Projected Lightning Rookie Camp Roster

  Name                          DOB    Born                             Acquired                   2012-13 Club
23 BROWN, J.T. 7/2/1990 Burnsville, Minnesota FA (3/28/12) Syracuse (AHL)
97 BRASSART, Brady 5/11/1993 Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta Invitee Calgary (WHL)
27 DROUIN, Jonathan 3/27/1995 Ste-Agathe, Quebec ’13 Draft (1st Rd) Halifax (QMJHL)
46 ERNE, Adam 4/20/1995 New Haven, Connecticut ’13 Draft (2nd Rd) Quebec (QMJHL)
49 GAUTHIER, Danick 10/24/1991 Waterloo, Quebec FA (3/2/12) Syracuse (AHL)
57 IKONEN, Henri 4/17/1994 Savonlinna, Finland ’13 Draft (6th Rd) Kingston (OHL)
56 KUCHEROV, Nikita 6/17/1993 Maykop, Russia ’11 Draft (2nd Rd) Quebec (QMJHL)
Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
48 LANGELIER-PARENT, Max   12/16/87     Montreal, Quebec             Invitee                        Florida (ECHL)
65 NAMESTNIKOV, Vladislav 11/22/1992 Voskresensk, Russia ’11 Draft (1st Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
34 NIELSEN, Carl 7/3/1988 Lorain, Ohio Invitee Michigan Tech (WCHA)
Syracuse (AHL)
67 OLSON, Drew 4/4/1990 Brainerd, Minnesota Trade w/CBJ(7/2/13) U. of Minnesota-Duluth
Peoria (AHL)
54 PAQUETTE, Cedric 8/13/1993 Gaspe, Quebec ’12 Draft (4th Rd) Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
38 RICHARD, Tanner 4/6/1993 Markham, Ontario ’12 Draft (3rd Rd) Guelph (OHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
63 WELYCHKA, Brett 3/3/1994 London, Ontario Invitee London (OHL)
No. Name                                      DOB       Born                                Acquired                         2012-13 Club
72 BLUJUS, Dylan 1/22/1994 Buffalo, New York ’12 Draft (2nd Rd) Brampton (OHL)
59 DOTCHIN, Jake 3/24/1994 Cambridge, Ontario ’12 Draft (6th Rd) Owen Sound (OHL)
Barrie (OHL)
52 KOEKKOEK, Slater 2/18/1994 Winchester, Ontario ’12 Draft (1st Rd) Peterborough (OHL)
Windsor (OHL)
73 MILAN, Dan 4/14/1992 Detroit, Michigan FA (9/23/11) Florida (ECHL)
89 NESTEROV, Nikita 3/28/1993 Chelyabinsk, Russia ’11 Draft (5th Rd) Chelyabinsk (Russia-Jr.)
Chelyabinsk (KHL)
50 SERGEEV, Artem 4/20/1993 Moscow, Russia FA (7/1/12) Val d’Or (QMJHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
62 SUSTR, Andrej 11/29/1990 Plzen, Czech Republic FA (3/21/13) U. Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
53 WITKOWSKI, Luke 4/14/1990 Holland, Michigan ’08 Draft (6th Rd) Western Michigan (CCHA)
Syracuse (AHL)
No.   Name                                   DOB         Born                                      Acquired                           2012-13 Club
32 BRASSARD, Eric 5/5/1995 Longueuil, Quebec Invitee Gatineau (QMJHL)
37 GUDLEVSKIS, Kristers 7/31/1992 Aizkraukle,Latvia ’13 Draft (5th Rd) Riga (KHL)
Riga Jr. (Russia-Jr.)
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