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Hello folks; hope everyone’s having a good summer. Mine’s been uneventful, though I got a new haircut as you can see by my new silhouette!
Just got word that I’ll be heading to Victoria B.C. for next week’s Lightning Prospect Camp. If my old legs aren’t too cramped after the nine-hour trip out there on Sunday, I’ll do my best to provide a little insight into what’s going on Monday through Friday at the rink as some of the Lightning’s top prospects, including Steven Stamkos, get a chance to impress the new hierarchy.
In addition to Stamkos, I’m interested to see how goaltender Riku Helenius is progressing, and I’m especially pumped to get a glimpse of Ty Wishart, the San Jose first-round pick acquired via trade. Nineteen players who currently are part of the organization will be in attendance along with 11 others who are hoping to earn a spot. Unfortunately, 2007 second-round pick Dana Tyrell won’t make the camp because he’s attending Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp in Ottawa July 25-30. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, chosen by the Lightning in the fifth round this past June, will also be at Canada’s camp.
With the three-hour time difference my updates might not show up until later in the day; and with the scrimmages on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 9 p.m. ET, I’ll be lucky to make a midnight deadline! Compounding the problem is the fact Lightning pro scout Gerry O’Flaherty will be in attendance … and being the good Irishman he is … I’ll just go ahead and blame any typos on him ahead of time.
I’m pumped to check out Len Barrie’s Bear Mountain Resort, which will serve as home base for the camp. If things go well, I might have to start working on Mr. Barrie about holding the Lightning’s main camp out there, though I guess that wouldn’t be the first choice of the Lightning diehards who line the boards in Brandon every year.
Alright; that’s it from me until Monday.