Lightning will compete in NHL Prospect Showcase in Estero

Lightning prospects prepared in Brandon for an NHL prospects showcase in 2015, the last time it was held in Estero. This year's will include games involving Lightning prospects on Sept. 9 and 10.(DIRK SHADD | Times)
Lightning prospects prepared in Brandon for an NHL prospects showcase in 2015, the last time it was held in Estero. This year's will include games involving Lightning prospects on Sept. 9 and 10.(DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published July 24 2018

The Lightning announced Tuesday that it will have a team competing in the NHL Prospects Showcase, set for Sept. 8-11 at Germain Arena in Estero, near Fort Myers.

Tampa Bay will go up against prospects from the Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators. Last year's tournament was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Rosters have not been released yet, but the Lightning is scheduled to play two games: Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. against Nashville, and Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. against Washington. All games are free and open to the public.

Current Lightning players Brayden Point, Anthony Cirelli, Slater Koekkoek Jake Dotchin and Adam Erne were all among the prospects who played in the same event for Tampa Bay in Estero in 2015. The Lightning participated in another rookie showcase in Coral Springs in 2016.

A week after the prospects showcase, the Lightning will open the 2018 preseason on Sept. 18 at Amalie Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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