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  • Lightning Prospect and Minor League Signings

    The Lightning have made a few signings over the past couple weeks so I'm just going to throw them here in one thread.

    Swedish forward Simon Ryfors (5'10",181lbs) signed a one-year ELC. Ryfors was considered one of the top European free agents and is a bit of a late bloomer at age 23. He finished tied for the lead in goals (25) and tied for 6th in overall points (45) in the Swedish Hockey League this season and added 10 points in 14 playoff games.

    Goalies Hugo Alnefelt and Amir Miftakhov signed standard three-year ELCs. Alnefelt is considered the better prospect, but I imagine both will be battling for playing time in Syracuse next season.

    The bolts also extended goalie Spencer Martin for another season and he satisfies the expansion draft criteria to be exposed. He will probably split playing time with the rookies.

    QMJHL forward Shawn Element (6',192lbs) was signed to a two-year AHL deal with Syracuse. He finished tied for 5th in goals (38) during the 19-20 season, and followed it up by finishing tied for 9th in overall points this year. He's also one of the most physical players in junior hockey and is a really good defensive forward and penalty killer.

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    If you're keeping track, the bolts organization has now added one of the top NCAA free agents (Odeen Tufto), one of the top European free agents (Ryfors), and one of the top QMJHL free agents (Element) in the span of about a month. I imagine we will keep seeing them be aggressive on bringing in undrafted free agents over the next couple years with how few draft picks we have.

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    • #3
      Must help that JBB can whip out our roster and cap figures to show any free agent just how many opportunities will be available starting next season. Our organizational depth chart isn’t exactly loaded either.

      This Element kid must be a slowpoke if he didn’t get drafted with those numbers and measurables and grit. Still seems like a nice addition. Throw him in with Huntington as undrafted wildcards from the wild, wild Q.

      The Swedish league produces fringy overage NHL prospects regularly now, but Ryfors still appears to have a size deficiency that he’ll have to make up for with skill and/or speed. Eliteprospects.com indicates he’s got quickness and an accurate shot. He’s been playing in the top league since he was 19, so his experience and the fact he’s coming off of a breakthrough season should make him a roster spot contender in camp. But there’s a lot still to see and learn.

      Anybody have updates on Sammy Walker and Nick Perbix? Both have developed marvelously in high-level college programs, but it seems we could lose one or both to free agency. Walker has the same size issues as Ryfors, but Perbix is at the top of the priority list as a big, mobile, skilled righty dman. Can’t have enough of those.
      Last edited by Bolthed; 05-13-2021, 02:03 PM.
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        Bolts72

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        • #5
          Scouting staff for Lightning outstanding and always working. Vinik pays his people and they stay. As long as he is owner Lightning will always be competitive.
          Bolts72

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          • #6
            If Ryfors can cope with having less room on an NHL rink to maneuver he should be a solid 3rd liner who can do 2nd line duty in spurts.
            Gudas Priest

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