by Ken Peacock
Well the summer is finally over for all of the Lightning players. The rookies have had a head start on the vets by a week, but tomorrow that does not matter. Players will report to the Lightning’s 19th training camp. It should be a relative easy day dedicated to medical exams, off ice testing, administrative paperwork, and a chance to talk with the media.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will be a mix of practices, scrimmages, meetings, and off ice activities. Then we move on to the pre-season action against other NHL teams. While it seems most of the positions are locked up, there are a few positions that are open for the taking. This may be the opportunity that Norfolk Admiral forward Blair Jones has been waiting for. Jones was a called up shortly after the Admirals were eliminated from playoff contention last season. He played well for the Lightning during the playoffs and hopefully he has a good showing in the pre-season.
For other players this camp is an opportunity to show the Lightning why they should remain with the organization. This is a chance for them to shine. They may not remain with the big club, but get a shot at playing full-time in the AHL with Norfolk. Norfolk will likely see the goal-tending tandem of Tokarski and Janus. Other familiar names such as Scott Jackson, Mark Barberio, James Wright, and Radko Gudas will likely be donning the Admirals Jersey’s this winter. Regardless of where they end up this will definitely be a great learning experience for these players.
Follow this link for the official Lightning press release for the upcoming training camp.