Bolts: Rookie Tournament In Coral Springs



TAMPA BAY – 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:


Date                         Time             Opponent

Friday, Sept. 6          2 p.m.            Nashville Predators

Saturday, Sept. 7      Noon             Boston Bruins

Sunday, Sept. 8        4 p.m.            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.





No. Name                         HT  WT    DOB   Born                             Acquired                  2012-13 Club
23 BROWN, J.T. 5-10 170 7/2/90 Burnsville, Minnesota FA (3/28/12) Syracuse (AHL)
97 BRASSART, Brady 6-1 192 5/11/93 Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta Invitee Calgary (WHL)
27 DROUIN, Jonathan 5-10 186 3/27/95 Ste-Agathe, Quebec ’13 Draft (1st Rd) Halifax (QMJHL)
46 ERNE, Adam 6-0 210 4/20/95 New Haven, Connecticut ’13 Draft (2nd Rd) Quebec (QMJHL)
49 GAUTHIER, Danick 6-2 201 10/24/91 Waterloo, Quebec FA (3/2/12) Syracuse (AHL)
57 IKONEN, Henri 6-0 183 4/17/94 Savonlinna, Finland ’13 Draft (6th Rd) Kingston (OHL)
56 KUCHEROV, Nikita 5-11 184 6/17/93 Maykop, Russia ’11 Draft (2nd Rd) Quebec (QMJHL)
  Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
48 LANGELIER-PARENT, Max 6-1 206 12/16/87 Montreal, Quebec Invitee Florida (ECHL)
65 NAMESTNIKOV, Vladislav 6-0 179 11/22/92 Voskresensk, Russia ’11 Draft (1st Rd) Syracuse (AHL)
34 NIELSEN, Carl 6-4 225 7/3/88 Lorain, Ohio Invitee Michigan Tech (WCHA)
  Syracuse (AHL)
67 OLSON, Drew 6-0 201 4/4/90 Brainerd, Minnesota Trade w/CBJ(7/2/13) U. of Minnesota-Duluth
  Peoria (AHL)
54 PAQUETTE, Cedric 6-0 198 8/13/93 Gaspe, Quebec ’12 Draft (4th Rd) Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
38 RICHARD, Tanner 6-0 176 4/6/93 Markham, Ontario ’12 Draft (3rd Rd) Guelph (OHL)
  Syracuse (AHL)
63 WELYCHKA, Brett 5-10 189 3/3/94 London, Ontario Invitee London (OHL)
No. Name                                      HT      WT      DOB      Born                               Acquired                        2012-13 Club
72 BLUJUS, Dylan 6-3 196 1/22/94 Buffalo, New York ’12 Draft (2nd Rd) Brampton (OHL)
59 DOTCHIN, Jake 6-3 222 3/24/94 Cambridge, Ontario ’12 Draft (6th Rd) Owen Sound (OHL)
Barrie (OHL)
52 KOEKKOEK, Slater 6-2 185 2/18/94 Winchester, Ontario ’12 Draft (1st Rd) Peterborough (OHL)
Windsor (OHL)
73 MILAN, Dan 6-2 200 4/14/92 Detroit, Michigan FA (9/23/11) Florida (ECHL)
89 NESTEROV, Nikita 5-11 181 3/28/93 Chelyabinsk, Russia ’11 Draft (5th Rd) Chelyabinsk (Russia-Jr.)
Chelyabinsk (KHL)
50 SERGEEV, Artem 6-2 217 4/20/93 Moscow, Russia FA (7/1/12) Val d’Or (QMJHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
62 SUSTR, Andrej 6-8 225 11/29/90 Plzen, Czech Republic FA (3/21/13) U. Nebraska-Omaha (WCHA)
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Syracuse (AHL)
53 WITKOWSKI, Luke 6-2 210 4/14/90 Holland, Michigan ’08 Draft (6th Rd) Western Michigan (CCHA)
Syracuse (AHL)
No.  Name                                   HT  WT    DOB        Born                                     Acquired                          2012-13 Club
32 BRASSARD, Eric 6-1 167 5/5/95 Longueuil, Quebec Invitee Gatineau (QMJHL)
37 GUDLEVSKIS, Kristers 6-3 189 7/31/92 Aizkraukle,Latvia ’13 Draft (5th Rd) Riga (KHL)
Riga Jr. (Russia-Jr.)