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EARLY SUCCESS IN CAMP IS DEFINING JONATHAN BOUTIN

Sunday, 09.17.2006 / 12:00 AM / Bolts Report
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EARLY SUCCESS IN CAMP IS DEFINING JONATHAN BOUTIN
tbl.commentator: Melanie Formentin




Heading into his second professional season, 21-year-old goaltender Jonathan Boutin is focused on making progress and improving within the Lightning's deep goaltending depth chart.

Boutin, who split time between the AHL's Springfield Falcons and the ECHL's Johnstown Chiefs in 2005-06, appeared in the ECHL All-Star Game and posted an 8-9-2 record with two shutouts in 19 games over the course of the season.

Although the 2003 draft pick has found himself competing against a number of goaltenders in the Lightning's 2006 training camp, his personal goals are focused on self-improvement.

"I want to do my best," said Boutin. "I had a pretty good season last year and I just want to build on it."

For Boutin, early success in camp has shown the work he has dedicated to his game. Stopping 26 of 28 shots in his first full scrimmage, including a penalty shot, Boutin came out of the second day leading all goalies in save percentage (.946) and goals against average (1.71).

"I made little mistakes today, too," said Boutin. "But tomorrow I just want to keep going with that."

In a camp full of veteran and young goaltenders, it is the day-to-day efforts that will get players like Boutin noticed by the Lightning organization and move him past his peers and into the upper tier of the Lightning goaltending depth chart.