TAMPA - The future was very much on the mind of Lightning GM Jay Feaster last week as he attended the Top Prospects Game in Edmonton, Alberta.
While he was in the area, Feaster took in a few Western Hockey League games, which featured several recent Lightning draftees, including last year's top pick (second round), C Dana Tyrell of the Prince George Cougars.
One topic that came up during Feaster's conversation with Tyrell was the potential to work his way onto the Lightning's roster if he can make a good impression during Coach John Tortorella's infamously grueling training camp.
"I don't know about that," Feaster said. "Obviously that's his goal, but we talked to him about coming to camp and trying to make the hockey club out of camp.
"He's going to have to get stronger and I don't think he has any sense about what 'Camp Torturella' is all about."
Tyrell, 18, has 20 goals and 27 assists in 42 games for Prince George this season. He had 56 points (30 goals) in 72 games last season.
Feaster also saw C Mitch Fadden, a 2007 fourth-round pick, play for Lethbridge. Fadden, 19, is 11th in the WHL with 60 points (24 goals) in 50 games. Another Lightning prospect he saw was D Dane Crowley, a 21-year-old 2006 sixth-round pick who plays for Everett.
OUELLET BACK, WANVIG GONE: Before Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sabres, Lightning RW Michel Ouellet was activated from injured reserve and inserted into the lineup for the first time since dislocating his left shoulder against Calgary on Dec. 13.
Ouellet missed 18 games with the injury. Tuesday, playing on a line with C Chris Gratton and Andre Roy, Ouellet registered two shots on goal in 17:21 of ice time.
After the game, RW Kyle Wanvig was re-assigned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
Wanvig had been a healthy scratch for three consecutive games. He played in seven in a row after he was promoted from Norfolk on Jan. 5, scoring one goal.
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