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Felix Robert draws comparisons to Jani Gould at first Prospect Camp

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The annual Prospect Showcase has served as a jumping-off point for many young players in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the past few the current bolt Ross Colton, Eric Sernak When calfute He attended training camps at big clubs, playing in every event and proving his talent before finally earning a spot on the NHL roster.

Felix Robert hopes to be the next player to maximize his chances in a three-game event. Robert played his first full season of professional hockey with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins of his league in American Hockey in 2021-22 with Tampa Bay on July 13, 2022. His two-year entry signed his level contract.

In 63 games for WBS, Robert scored 34 points with 16 goals and 18 assists. His 16 goals were his second-most on the team, and his 34 points were his fourth-most among all Penguin skaters. Additionally, he was responsible and reliable on both ends of the ice, leading the team with a plus-19 rating that year.

“It’s been a good year to slow down and see what it’s like to be a pro,” said Robert.

“I learned a lot from the Wilkes-Barre veterans. It was a great experience and I am really happy to be here. .”

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Robert brings a lot with his skill set. A self-proclaimed rattlesnake, Robert played junior hockey for Quebec, his major, his junior hockey, and his league’s Sherbrooke, Phoenix.

In four seasons and 219 career games with Phoenix, Robert has tallied 216 points, scored 81 goals and added 135 assists. He has been vice-captain in each of the last two seasons, and in 2019-20 he led the team in just 46 games with 92 points (36G, 56A). This is his third-most points in his QMJHL that season.

Robert’s fingerprints are all over Sherbrooke’s franchise record books. His 216 points and his 81 goals are both the second-most in franchise history, his 135 assists are his third-most, and his 29 powerplay goals tie the franchise record.

There is one thing Robert has out of his control that he must fight to impress his team. It’s his size. Lightning fans know a thing or two about the diminutive undrafted players from Quebec, such as Martin St. Louis, Yanni Gould and Jonathan Marcheseau. At 5’8″ and weighing 165 pounds, Robert makes up for his diminutive stature by bringing his high-energy game to the ice.

“He’s Bolt. “He works hard. He’s fast. He’s fast. He’s smart. I was able to make a deal.

“Small, fast, smart, competitive. Much like Yani[Gould]. See how you act.”

The Gould comparison is something Robert thought of himself before deciding to sign with Tampa Bay over the summer. Robert spends the offseason training with Gould and finds inspiration in the ex-Bolt’s journey to the NHL.

“I’ve seen a lot of guys come to Tampa who play the way I’m trying to play,” explained Robert. “I trained with Yani Gould over the summer. We had Jonathan Marcheseau and some guys like them who played for the Lightning. That gave me the confidence to come here.”

“I spoke with Julien Bryzebois before signing here and so far I am really happy with my decision.It has been a big summer for me.I had a lot of discussions with several teams. I was determined and had a gut feeling that coming here would be good for me.”

In the first game in Tampa Bay of the Prospect Showcase on Friday, Robert was consistently moving his feet on the ice. He was keen on forechecking and playing physical to win puck battles along the boards. He saw time on special teams to play on both power plays and penalty kills, putting Bolt on the board with a power play goal during a brief 5-for-3 advantage.

video: Felix Robert | | Postgame vs Nashville

After losing to the Nashville Predators on Friday, Robert said, “It’s always great to score. I want to win the next game.”

Robert was a prominent player in the first game of the showcase. Now, he expects to bring another strong performance to the ice when he takes on the Panthers at PNC Arena on Sunday at 1 p.m. Between speed, strength and scoring prowess, Robert worked a lot over the summer ahead of the biggest season of his career.

“This summer I worked hard in many areas,” Robert explained.

“I want to show that I am tough to play against and that I can be a Tampa Bay Lightning player in the future. I am really excited to be here. I want to show this team that I am a proven AHL player. We can take the next step in becoming a tool for our team.”

Following Bolt’s contest against the Panthers on Sunday, Robert shows his talent by getting one more game at the Prospect Showcase. Tampa Bay will face Carolina on Monday at 1:00 p.m. ET to close out a showcase of 3 of his games.

After that, training camp starts on Wednesday before heading back to Tampa for the next challenge.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” said Robert. “Great organization and ready to show what they can do.”

Fans can stream the final two games of the Prospect Showcase live on Sunday and Monday on Puck drops for both games are set for 1pm ET.