The Lightning’s prospect team rallied for five second-period goals on the way to a 7-4 victory against Nashville on Saturday in a four-team rookie tournament held in Coral Springs.
Tampa Bay improved to 1-0-1 in the three-game tournament which concludes today when the Lightning play host Florida.
Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov, Tanner Richard and Drew Olson each had a goal and an assist to lead the offense. Nikita Nesterov, Danick Gauthier and J.T. Brown also scored for the Lightning. Camp-invitee goaltender Eric Brassard stopped 19 shots before leaving after the second period with an unspecified injury. Kristers Gudlevskis stopped seven of nine shots faced in the third period.
Jonathan Drouin, the No. 3 overall pick in the June draft, did not play as a healthy scratch, which was planned according to Rob Zettler, who is coaching the prospect team. Drouin is coming off a hairline fracture in his left foot that kept him out of Team Canada’s World Junior camp last month.
“There’s nothing behind it,” Zettler told the team website.
“We had talked about it prior to the tournament. We kind of had some people in mind that we didn’t want to play three games in three days because they haven’t skated much in the past few weeks, so it was by design.”