The Tampa Bay Lightning has made their first round of cuts, reducing the Training Camp Roster by seven.
The official start of the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning season is right around the corner. In fact, for those of you keeping count, we are exactly Alex Killorn (17) days away from the first puck drop of the season.
As most Lightning fans know, there are a couple of positions up for grabs heading into the new season. The good news is, the Lightning has a plethora of players coming up the pipeline who are more than willing and able to make the jump to the NHL on a more permanent basis.
This means the competition is going to be tougher than ever to earn a permanent spot on the Lightning’s roster. There are definitely worse problems a team could have heading into a new season.
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The Lightning kicked off the preseason last night at the Amalie Arena when they took on the Carolina Hurricanes. Unfortunately, things didn’t exactly go according to plan as the Bolts fell 4-1 to the Hurricanes. The bright side is, this was just the first of many battles to be waged this season.
Tonight, the Lightning makes their way to the PNC Arena in Raleigh to take on the Hurricanes for the second night in a row. Before the Lightning takes the ice for Round 2, the team has made an announcement. In a Press Release on their official site, the team has announced they have reduced the Training Camp Roster by seven.
The aforementioned cuts include five forwards and two defensemen. Here is a look at the players who were assigned to other teams and where they will be landing.
|2018 NHL Draft
|Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
|Prince George Cougars (WHL)
|Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
|Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
|Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
|Everett Silvertips (WHL)
|2018 NHL Draft
|Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
The start of the season is right around the corner and there will be plenty of changes made to the roster in between now and then. This is just the beginning of the cuts which will shape the team into the veritable force we have come to know and love in the regular season.
Right now, the Lightning is just moments away from taking the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes. It’ll be interesting to see how the team responds after last night’s loss and what tonight’s round of players has up their sleeves for everyone.