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Lightning set to host NHL Prospect Showcase in Wesley Chapel

Prospects from the Lightning, Hurricanes, Panthers and Predators will participate in the four-day event.
Defenseman Roman Schmidt, the Lightning's top pick (in the third round) of the 2021 draft, will be among the prospects participating in the NHL Prospects Showcase in September in Wesley Chapel.
Defenseman Roman Schmidt, the Lightning's top pick (in the third round) of the 2021 draft, will be among the prospects participating in the NHL Prospects Showcase in September in Wesley Chapel. [ Rena Laverty / USA Hockey’s NTDP ]
Published Aug. 18
Updated Aug. 18

TAMPA — The Lightning on Wednesday released their roster and schedule for their annual NHL Prospect Showcase Sept. 18-21 at AdventHealth Center Ice in Wesley Chapel.

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Prospects from the Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators will participate in the four-day event. Each team will play every other opponent once. Prospects include players on entry-level or less contracts who are 24 or younger and have fewer than 20 games of NHL experience.

Lightning prospects who will participate include forwards Gabriel Fortier (2018 second-round pick), Jack Finley (2020 second-round pick), Gage Goncalves (2020 second-round pick), Cameron MacDonald (2021 fifth-round pick) and Niko Huuhtanen (2021 seventh-round pick), and defenseman Roman Schmidt (2021 third-round pick).

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The event is open to the public. The games will be streamed live at TampaBayLightning.com.

Here is the full list of Lightning prospects attending the showcase:

Forwards: Maxim Cajkovic, Jaydon Dureau, Shawn Element, Finley, Fortier, Goncalves, Jimmy Huntington, Huuhtanen, Cole Koepke, Alexei Lipanov, MacDonald, Declan McDonnell, Antoine Morand, Simon Ryfors, Odeen Tufto.

Defensemen: Alex Green, Jeremy Hanzel, Ryan Jones, Schmidt, Dmitri Semykin, Jack Thompson, Avery Winslow.

Goaltenders: Hugo Alnefelt, Amir Miftakhov

2021 NHL Prospect Showcase Schedule
Date Game Times
Saturday, Sept. 18 Carolina Hurricanes vs. Florida Panthers 10 a.m.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators*** 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 19 Nashville Predators vs. Florida Panthers 10 a.m.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 20 Practice Day
Tuesday, Sept. 21 Nashville Predators vs. Carolina Hurricanes 10 a.m.
Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning 1 p.m.
***Game Location TBA

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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