The future of the Lightning takes to the ice next week during the team's annual summer development camp.
Many of Tampa Bay's top prospects — including seven of the Lightning's selections from last weekend's draft — will take part in the weeklong camp that begins Tuesday with on-ice activities and runs through July 7 at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. Exact times will be released later.
Among the 30 players scheduled to participate are the six players selected in the first or second round of the draft the past two years — forwards Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov from the 2011 draft along with defenseman Slater Koekkoek, goaltender Andrey Vasilveskiy, defenseman Dylan Blujus and forward Brian Hart. Also scheduled to attend is winger J.T. Brown, who appeared in five games at the end of last season after signing as a free agent out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Brown is the only participating player with NHL experience.
In addition to this year's draft selections, this camp will give fans a first chance to see dynamic forward prospect Kucherov live for the first time. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound winger was the 58th overall selection in 2011 but remained in Russia last season. Kucherov may play in North America this season, however, after he was chosen in the CHL import draft by Quebec of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.