Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 9/3/12
With a lockout at the NHL level seemingly growing more and more likely by the day, many Tampa Bay Lightning prospects expected to move up to the NHL squad or stick with the big club for another year may be forced to stay down in Syracuse and play for the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL, Tampa Bay’s new minor league affiliate. Players like Alex Killorn, Cory Conacher, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie are still expected to compete for open roster positions on the Lightning squad which may or may not see the ice on opening day depending on the resolution of ongoing CBA negotiations between the NHLPA and the league. Meanwhile, General Manager Steve Yzerman’s first round pick from the 2011 draft, Vlad Namestnikov, is reportedly back in London, Ontario for a few workouts to prepare for his AHL debut this fall, which is not contingent on a labor resolution at the NHL level. Namestnikov was recently ranked the number one overall prospect in the Tampa Bay Lightning system by Hockey Prospectus writer Core...
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