)
Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Lightning

Lightning’s Grant Mismash impresses in first Lightning development camp

Notes | Tampa Bay prospects end camp with “competitive” three-on-three tournament
Lightning forward Grant Mismash works on the ice during drills at development camp earlier this week.
Lightning forward Grant Mismash works on the ice during drills at development camp earlier this week. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jul. 14|Updated Jul. 14

BRANDON — Grant Mismash wasn’t anticipating a development camp spot with the Lightning this time last month.

But everything changed when he found himself on the other end of the Ryan McDonagh trade at the beginning of July that sent the former Lightning defenseman to the Predators in exchange for Mismash (who spent the 2021-22 season with AHL Milwaukee) and defenseman Philippe Myers.

“It was a bit of a surprise, honestly,” Mismash said. “...I’m excited to get going with this organization.”

Related: Say goodbye to Ondrej Palat, and hello to a different Lightning future

Mismash, 23, was one of 32 players trying to leave coaches and front-office staffs for the Lightning and AHL Syracuse with a good impression after four days of development camp, which concluded Thursday with a three-on-three tournament.

“He’s a good skater, very competitive, quick learner and very appreciative of the opportunity with the organization,” Lightning assistant general manager and AHL Syracuse GM Stacy Roest said. “And it looks like he’s going to be a good player for us.”

Mismash was pleased with feedback from coaches on playmaking and his skating, too.

“It seems like the skills coaches have it down to a tee, and it seems like they have the development side down really good here,” he said. “As a young 20-year-old, that’s all I can really ask for…”

Related: Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli, Zach Bogosian expected to miss start of 2022-23 season

With the Admirals, Mismash totaled 12 points (six goals) in 57 games. He felt that as the season continued, his confidence grew and he was able to find his game, especially getting to know some of the older players around the organization.

“Just talking to older guys, guys who have been through it, they’ll give you advice and tell you straight-up how it is,” he said. “Just kind of picking their brains and just trying to be a sponge, honestly, is kind of what I did last year…learning every day was all I could do.”

Related: Lightning sign Sergachev, Cirelli, Cernak to 8-year extensions

Tournament returns after hiatus

Lightning goaltender Gustavs Gringals (30) works in net during a three-on-three tournament at the Lightning development camp at TGH Ice Plex on Wednesday in Brandon. On right is forward Louis Jamernik (63).
Lightning goaltender Gustavs Gringals (30) works in net during a three-on-three tournament at the Lightning development camp at TGH Ice Plex on Wednesday in Brandon. On right is forward Louis Jamernik (63). [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]

There was an added energy to the Lightning’s three-on-three tournament this week.

With a two-year camp hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prospects spent four days working with the organization’s coaches and trainers. Camp ended with a two-day tournament featuring five smaller teams before Thursday’s championship game.

Follow all the action on and off the ice

Follow all the action on and off the ice

Subscribe to our free Lightning Strikes newsletter

We’ll send you news, analysis and commentary on the Bolts weekly during the season.

You’re all signed up!

Want more of our free, weekly newsletters in your inbox? Let’s get started.

Explore all your options

Team Blue, which featured veteran prospects such as defenseman Nick Perbix and forward Gage Goncalves, defeated Team White 9-8 in a goal-scoring affair to cap off the week. The final game was fast-paced as the teams played on the full stretch of ice for two 25-minute, running-clock periods.

Related: Jan Rutta leaves Lightning, signs with Penguins

Trailing by one, Team White nearly tied it in the last 30 seconds of regulation after official J.P. Cote, the Lightning’s director of player development, awarded a penalty shot to Team White’s Bennett MacArthur, who missed wide of the net on goaltender Nick Malik.

“I figured they were looking for one to maybe make it interesting at the end,” joked Team Blue’s Jack Thompson, who scored in Thursday’s championship game.

Related: Lightning sign veteran defenseman Ian Cole

Throughout the week, the camp broke players up into small groups, which worked with Lightning and AHL Syracuse coaching staffs as well as skating coaches Barb Underhill and Tracy Tutton. The camp’s format gave players more one-on-one time with instructors and allowed for more feedback, especially for this year’s draftees.

Overall, Roest said he was pleased with the group’s work, especially the way the teams stayed competitive throughout the tournament.

“I thought it was a really good week,” Roest said. “You could see how much fun the players had, and for us, too. … They were so excited and eager.”

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

• • •

Sign up for Lightning Strikes, a weekly newsletter from Bolts beat writer Eduardo A. Encina that brings you closer to the ice.

Never miss out on the latest with the Bucs, Rays, Lightning, Florida college sports and more. Follow our Tampa Bay Times sports team on Twitter and Facebook.

Advertisement

This site no longer supports your current browser. Please use a modern and up-to-date browser version for the best experience.

Chrome Firefox Safari Edge