Bolt Bits

By Megan Sexton

Lobb to Guelph

2001 4th round draft pick Aaron Lobb was traded
from the London Knights to the Guelph Storm.
A much needed change for the struggling prospect. Through the first ten games of the season,
Lobb posted one goal and two assists for the Knights. Since his trade, he has added two more assists in three games,
both on game winning goals.

“He needed a change,” said London General Manager Mark
Hunter of Lobb. “Sometimes a player
gets in a rut and it becomes an anchor on his back. I’ve been there myself.”

Ollie Slowly Making His Mark

Rookie Jimmie Olvestad has not scored since opening night in
Tampa Bay, but the young Swede is making his mark in other areas. He led the team in hits for most of the
season and is currently ranked second behind Pavel Kubina, with 10 hits in 8
games. While averaging 13:25 minutes a
game, Olvestad is one of only seven Lightning players ranked in the plus side
of the goal differential category.

Invitee Inked & Brother Tags Along

The Lightning have signed camp invitee Gaetan Royer and
assigned him to the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey”mso-spacerun: yes”> Royer is known for his rough style, often
filling the enforcer role. He has bounced
around the minor leagues throughout his career but has yet to play an NHL game. Gaetan’s brother Remi, who played for the
Chicago Blackhawks and was also invited to Tampa Bay’s Training Camp signed
with the Ice Pilots.

Tobler Tearin’ it up

Ryan Tobler was not thought of as an offensive force when he
first arrived in Tampa Bay, but he is quickly proving otherwise. In 5 games with the Springfield Falcons,
Tobler is leading the team with 4 goals and is tied for the lead with 8
points. He also first in power play
goals, since all four of his goals came on the power play.

Most recently, Tobler and Keefe teamed up, combing for 3
goals and 2 assist in the Falcons 5-3 loss to Quebec. Goaltender Dieter Kochan added to their outstanding effort
stopping 42 of the 46 shots he faced, but the tandem was not enough to put the
Falcons on top. Tobler earned second
star of the game and Kochan third, despite the loss.


The Lightning’s future sniper, Dimitry Afanasenkov appears
to have gone AWOL! In the first five
games of the season, Afanasenkov is scoreless and with a minus-3 rating. He has twice been a healthy scratch.

Femenella in First

In penalty minutes at least. In seven regular season games, 2001 Draftee Arthur Femenella is
leading the USHL with 52 penalty minutes.
The Sioux City Musketeers are second in their division behind Sioux
Falls, with a 6-2-0 record.

Prospects Face-Off

As the ECAC season kicks off, Brown and Harvard will face each
other in their season openers on November 3rd at Harvard. The two teams will scrimmage on October 24th
at Brown. In net for Brown will
be Lightning prospect, Brian Eklund.
While Left Wing, Dennis Packard, will be up front for Harvard.