It's not the flashiest of deals but the Lightning have made a trade, moving forward Juraj Simek and acquiring center Levi Nelson from the Boston Bruins. Both forwards are currently in the AHL.
Simek was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks with Lukas Krajicek in 2009. He's represented little more than forward depth to the Bolts during hsi time here, netting a total of 66 points over 3 seasons witht he Norfolk Admirals.
As for Nelson, point production through his career say something about him... But what speaks more clearly is talent analysis. Though Hockey's Future and Bruins Draft Watch seem to conflict on some of the terms that they sed to describe Levi, one word that came up from both reviews was agitator.
I'll let the Bruins blog summarize what made Nelson expendable in their review of the guy. I see Simek int he same boat: Time. It was running out, and now has
The former sixth-round pick in '06 was a project pick at the time who didn't have a great deal of upside, but had potential because of his energetic two-way game and intangibles. Four years later, he doesn't appear to have "it" and barring a major breakthrough in Providence, will likely be let go to pursue his pro hockey dreams elsewhere. He's higher than others in the Boston system because he was a two-time 20 goal man in junior and has the kind of ability to be an NHL player, but as of yet, has simply not put it together enough to warrant serious consideration by the B's.
What encourages me though is the system Nelson is coming into. A two-way game where a responsible forward is needed... If he can manage an effort nightly, he should fit into the system.
The official press release from the team is below the jump