Thursday, November 23, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning

Cody Bradley, son of former Tampa Bay Lightning star Brian Bradley, shines at Lightning's development camp

RECOMMENDED READING


BRANDON — As befitting a former NHL player who has seen it all, Brian Bradley, watching from a balcony Saturday at the Ice Sports Forum, hardly flinched when the Lightning prospect roofed a goal.

He was similarly stoic several seconds later when the same prospect stole a puck and scored again.

As a parent, though, Bradley could not have been prouder, because the prospect was his son, Cody, who continued to distinguish himself at Tampa Bay's development camp.

"It's great," said Brian, who played for the Lightning from 1992-97, was the team's first legiti­mate star and is the organization's director of youth hockey. "Any time you wear the pros' colors, it's a good experience."

Cody, 18, was not at the camp because of his father, said Al Murray, Tampa Bay's director of amateur scouting.

A center like his father, Cody last season played for Dubuque of the junior United States league and next season will play on scholarship for Colorado College.

He was on the Lightning's June draft list. When not selected, he was invited to camp with a phone call from general manager Steve Yzerman, something Cody called "a pretty big deal."

"We evaluated Cody as every other player is evaluated," Murray said. "We didn't even talk to Brian prior to the draft."

Cody, 5 feet 10, 163 pounds and a lifelong Lightning fan, made the most of his time at the five-day camp that wrapped up Saturday. In six three-on-three games, he had three goals, four points and nine shots on goal.

"He's skates well, seems pretty smart and makes good plays," player development coordinator Steve Thomas said. "He certainly didn't look out of place."

"He's skilled," assistant general manager Julien BriseBois said. "He's responsible. He competes."

Cody was too young to recall his father as a player — he wasn't born when Brian in 1992-93 was the Lightning's first 40-goal scorer — but he knows Brian's 13-year career was ended by a concussion.

That was in even sharper focus when Cody missed more than three months last season with a concussion.

It occurred during January's USHL All-Star Game when Cody's head smacked the boards after a hit. He played only four more games, in April in the playoffs.

Given Brian's history, it would be understandable if the injury, which Cody said was "a little bit more serious than I thought," caused concern about Cody's career path. But neither he nor his father seemed worried.

"Stuff like that happens," Brian said. "You just have to overcome it and work hard and battle through it."

"His most important advice," Cody said of his father, "was I'm young and not to pressure myself to get back on the ice right away. Make sure it was fully healed before I was ready to go. In the long run, I found out I was going to be fine.

"It's not really in my head whether a concussion will end my career or not. I just keep playing, hope for the best and work hard every game."

Like he did during Saturday's three-on-threes, in which he showed good hands with his top-shelf goal, good anticipation with the steal that led to his second goal and good grit with a goal off a scramble in front of the net.

"He can snipe," Bradley said. "He needs to shoot more, like anybody, but he can put it in the net."

Spoken like a proud father.

NOTES: Team Hedman (Vladislav Namestnikov, Slater Koekkoek, Cedric Paquette and Nikita Nesterov) won the three-on-three tournament, beating Team St. Louis in the final in a shootout. Koekkoek's goal was the clincher. … Right wing Dana Tyrell, in town to be fitted with a brace for his surgically repaired right knee, said he will be ready for training camp. … The sense is goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy, the No. 19 overall pick in June, will play next season in Russia, BriseBois said.

Comments
Don’t forget Ryan Callahan in Lightning’s resurgence

Don’t forget Ryan Callahan in Lightning’s resurgence

WASHINGTON — Much has been made about the impact on the Lightning of a healthy C Steven Stamkos, who missed most of last season after knee surgery.But don’t forget about RW Ryan Callahan, 32, who is looking like his old self after hip problems plague...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Nikita Kucherov really does admire Patrick Kane

Nikita Kucherov really does admire Patrick Kane

TAMPA — Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov has watched plenty of film on Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.Kucherov marveled how the 2015-16 league MVP uses deception to "hide" from defenders. He noticed how patient Kane was with the puck, how well he passed ...
Published: 11/22/17
Lightning beats Blackhawks in OT

Lightning beats Blackhawks in OT

TAMPA — The Lightning entered Wednesday’s game against the Blackhawks determined to avoid its first losing streak of the season. And it did in dramatic fashion, with Brayden Point’s power-play goal in overtime lifting it to a 3-2 victory. "A big boun...
Published: 11/22/17

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Lightning-Blackhawks game

Every Lightning-Blackhawks game at Amalie Arena has a good representation of red in the stands. And Wednesday’s matchup was no exception, with a large contingent of transplants and travelers. "It feels like half the city of Chicago is traveling down ...
Published: 11/22/17

‘Good chance’ Cedric Paquette back for Lightning

For Cedric Paquette, the wait may finally be over.Paquette said there's a good chance he returns to the Lightning lineup tonight against the Blackhawks at Amalie Arena (7:30 p.m., NBCSN). Paquette had missed the last 13 games with an undisclosed inju...
Published: 11/22/17
Lightning-Blackhawks: Tampa Bay is killing it on penalty-killers

Lightning-Blackhawks: Tampa Bay is killing it on penalty-killers

BRANDON — A successful penalty kill begins long before the offending Lightning player, whistled two minutes earlier for some infraction, leaves the box with the score unchanged.It begins with a detailed scouting report of the opposing team’s power pl...
Published: 11/21/17
Lightning impressed with improved offense from defensemen

Lightning impressed with improved offense from defensemen

BRANDON — At one point during Saturday’s game against the Islanders, the Lightning was first in the NHL in points and second in points scored by its defensemen. That’s one reason the team is off to the best start in franchise history.It’s also by des...
Published: 11/20/17
Lightning’s rare loss produces reality check

Lightning’s rare loss produces reality check

TAMPA — Jon Cooper stood at the podium late Saturday night to address the media after a regulation loss for only the third time this season."Let’s be honest," he said, "we’ve had one hell of a start."The loss, he added, was frustrating, even when you...
Published: 11/19/17
Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

TAMPA — The firepower showed up in the third period.Yanni Gourde and Ondrej Palat scored 13 seconds apart. Gourde scored again.Suddenly it was a one-goal game, and the Lightning appeared on its way to one of those comeback wins that would be remember...
Published: 11/18/17
Lightning journal: Jon Cooper thrilled with stellar start

Lightning journal: Jon Cooper thrilled with stellar start

TAMPA — If you told coach Jon Cooper his team would open the season with wins in 15 of the first 19 games, well, "I’m not sure I can sit here and say I would have predicted that," he said Saturday morning.But the Lightning did just that to lead the N...
Published: 11/18/17