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LIGHTNING ANNOUNCE ROOKIE CAMP, TOURNAMENT ROSTER

Drouin, Vasilevskiy Highlight List of Participants

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning today announced their roster for their upcoming rookie camp and prospect tournament to be held at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee from September 13-16.  Lightning prospects will report to camp on September 11 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for testing and physicals. A full schedule will be announced at a later time.

The Lightning’s roster includes 24 players, featuring 13 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders.  Included are six of the Lightning’s seven draft picks from 2014, including first-round selection Anthony DeAngelo.  Also attending the camp will be two of the most highly-regarded prospects in the NHL, forward Jonathan Drouin, and goaltender, Andrei Vasilevskiy.  The roster also includes three second-round selections.

Highly-touted players also attending include forwards Adam Erne and Cody Kunyk, defensemen Dylan Blujus, Slater Koekkoek and Dominik Masin, as well as goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis.  Of those players on the roster forwards Cody Kunyk and Cedric Paquette, as well as goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis, saw game action with the Lightning in 2013-14.

Other teams participating in the tournament include the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and the host team, the Nashville Predators.

Roster Breadown:

How Acquired:

1st Round:         4 (Drouin, DeAngelo, Koekkoek, Vasilevskiy)

2nd Round:         3 (Erne, Blujus, Masin)

3rd Round:         2 (Point, Richard)

4th Round:         2 (Paquette, Thomas)

5th Round:         2 (Nesterov, Gudlevskis)

6th Round:         3 (Digiacinto, Ikonen, Dotchin)

7th Round:         2 (Darcy, Vermin)

Free Agent:       2 (Kunyk, Sergeev)

Trade:               1 (Costello)

Invitee:              3 (Aviani, Maclise, Curran)

By Draft Year:

2014:                6 (Darcy, Digiacinto, Point, DeAngelo, Masin, Thomas)

2013:                5 (Drouin, Erne, Ikonen, Vermin, Gudlevskis)

2012:                6 (Paquette, Richard, Blujus, Dotchin, Koekkoek, Vasilevskiy)

2011:                1 (Nesterov)

Number of players who played at least one game in the AHL last season: 8 (Erne, Ikonen, Paquette, Richard, Vermin, Nesterov, Sergeev, Gudlevskis)

Number of players who played at least one game in the NHL last season: 3 (Kunyk, Paquette, Gudlevskis)

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http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=729258

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2014 Tampa Bay Lightning Development Camp Pronunciation Guide

2014 Tampa Bay Lightning Development Camp Pronunciation Guide

No.      Name                                      Pronunciation

30        Andrey Vasilevskiy                ahn-DRAY VASS-ih-LEHV-skee

32        Clay Witt                                WIT

37        Kristers Gudlevkis                  KRISS-turs güd-LEHV-skeez (“güd” as in “mood”)

40        Adam Wilcox                          WILL-cox

24        Brendon O’Donnell                oh-DONN-ull

27        Jonathan Drouin                      DROO-ehn

28        Brian Hart                               HART

34        Jeff Costello                            coss-TELL-oh

36        Brayden Point                         POINT

38        Tanner Richard                       rih-SHARD

39        Saku Salminen                        SACK-ooh SAHL-mih-nen

41        Dan Renouf                            ruh-NUFF

42        Eric Robinson                         ROB-in-suhn

46        Adam Erne                              ER-nee

47        Joel Vermin                             vur-MEEN

48        Cristiano DiGiacinto               KRISS-chee-AH-noh DEE-juh-SENT-oh

49        Cameron Darcy                       DAR-see

50        Artem Sergeev                        ART-ehm sur-GAY-ehv

52        Slater Koekkoek                     KOO-koo

54        Cedric Paquette                      pah-KETT

56        Ben Thomas                            TOM-ess

57        Henri Ikonen                           EE-koh-nen

58        Cam Maclise                           muc-LEASE (as in “PEACE”)

59        Jake Dotchin                           DAH-chin

60        Dalton Smith                           SMITH

63        Matthew Peca                         PECK-uh

64        Johnathan MacLeod               Jon muh-CLOUD

72        Dylan Blujus                           BLUE-juss

73        Dan Milan                               MY-lan

74        Dominik Masin                       DOM-uh-nick MAH-sheen

75        Kodie Curran                          KURR-in

97        Anthony DeAngelo                dee-AN-juh-loh

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LIGHTNING SIGN FREE AGENT GOALTENDER EVGENI NABOKOV


TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Nabokov, 6-foot, 202 pounds, played in 40 games for the New York Islanders last season, posting a 15-14-8 record with four shutouts, a .905 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average.  He led the Islanders for games played, wins, GAA, save percentage and shutouts. 

A native of Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, Nabokov is one of the most established goaltenders in the NHL.  He has played in 686 games with the Islanders and the San Jose Sharks.  Nabokov posts an all-time record of 350-221-98 with a .912 save percentage, a 2.43 GAA and 59 shutouts. He was a Vezina Trophy finalist as the NHL’s top goaltender in 2007-08. Nabokov has appeared in 86 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting a 42-42 record with seven shutouts, a .908 save percentage and a 2.43 GAA.

Nabokov, 38, was drafted by San Jose in the ninth round, 219th overall, at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Nabokov’s NHL.com Bio: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8460705

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LIGHTNING SIGN FREE AGENT CENTER BRIAN BOYLE


TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent center Brian Boyle to a three-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Boyle, 6-foot-7, 244 pounds, played in all 82 games with the New York Rangers in 2013-14, recording six goals and 18 points with a plus-1 rating.  He was second on New York for hits with 154 and second among forwards with more than 500 draws taken for face-off percentage with 52.9 percent. Boyle also played in all 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Rangers, helping them to the Stanley Cup Final.  He recorded three goals and eight points during this year’s postseason.

A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Boyle has played in 391 career NHL games with the Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings, recording 52 goals and 100 points along with 311 penalty minutes.  He has played the previous five seasons in New York. 

Boyle was drafted by the Kings in the first round, 26th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.  He played college hockey at Boston College prior to joining the professional ranks.  

Boyle’s NHL.com Profile: http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id=8470619

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