With today’s Part 4, we close the book on our late offseason Who’s Trending? series that examines rising or falling player values. As we’ve mentioned many times, the great part about hockey – and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. This is The Afanasenkov Rule.
The series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
Part 4: Recent Graduates
Tampa Bay Lightning 50-man Organizational Roster for 2014-2015 (contract status via @capgeek):
HPK 6 vs. Karpat 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Saku Salminen did not dress as HPK defeated Karpat 6-2 to notch their first win of the season. Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill had a hat trick and a helper in the win.
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev did not suit up for Yugra's 4-3 loss to SKA. SKA won the match on the strength of 4 First Period goals including 2 by former NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk.
Dynamo Moscow 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 27/27, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 2 SO, 0.99 GAA, .960 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin turned away 27 shots and 2 of 2 shooters in the penalty shot session to defeat Dynamo Moscow 1-0. Danis Zaripov and Chris Lee both converted in the shootout to seal the win for Metallurg.