Come November, five Tampa Bay Lightning Prospects will attempt to outmaneuver and outscore some of the best NHL hopefuls from around the world.
The Subway Super Series runs from November 5 through the 15th and features regional teams of CHL All-Stars competing against the Russian National Junior Team in a six-game event that plays an important part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Three players selected in this past summer’s NHL Entry Draft; Forward Cedric Paquette, Defenseman Slater Koekkoek, and Goaltender Andrei Vasilevski (pictured) will be joined by Defensemen Nikita Nesterov and Artem Sergeev in this year’s face-off between Canada and Russia.
During this year’s face-off Koekkoek will represent the OHL, while Paquette represent the QMJHL. Vasilevski, Nesterov and Sergeev will all represent Russia.
It comes as no surprise that these prospects were selected to compete.
As of this week, Koekkoek has netted two goals and 11 points in 14 games, while Paquette has scored seven goals and 17 points in 15 games played. Not to be outperformed, Sergeev has three goals and 12 points to his name through 15 games. Meanwhile in Russia, Vasilevski bumped his record in goal to 14-5-0-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. While not having any points to his name, Nesterov has a +4 through 15 games.
Last season the CHL reigned supreme with their eighth series win in nine years of the event scoring a 10-8 victory in points which consisted of three regulation wins, two losses, and one defeat by shootout.
Soon enough, these Bolts Prospects will have the chance to shine on an international stage. The first two games in the series will be hosted by the QMJHL. The next six will be hosted by the OHL, with the final two games being played in the WHL.
Here is the time where we raise our sticks high in the air and wish our Tampa Bay Lightning Prospects the best of luck, and hope they come home with a win no matter which side of the ice they are on.