The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled prospect center Paul Szczechura from the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. A spot opened on the Lightning roster after Tampa lost overaged prospect forward Drew Miller on waivers to the Detroit Red Wings earlier today.
Szczechura, 5-foot-10, 184 pounds, has played in all 14 games with the Admirals this season. He leads the team in points with 14 and assists with eight while also ranking third on the team in goals with six. Szczechura also has a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal and an even rating.
A native of Brantford, Ontario, Szczechura made his NHL debut with the Lightning last season, playing in 31 games and recording four goals with nine points. He ranked second among Tampa Bay rookies in goals, assists and points. He also played in 33 games with Norfolk in 2008-09, recording 13 goals and 29 points.
Szczechura has played in 114 career AHL games with Norfolk and Iowa. He has amassed 38 goals and 81 points. Originally undrafted, the Lightning signed Szczechura as a free agent on April 24, 2008.
(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Norfolk Admirals have released goaltender Jaroslav Janus from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). Janus will report to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.
Janus, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound goaltender from Presov, Slovakia, appeared in his first two professional games with the Admirals, recording an impressive 1.52 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with an 0-2-0 record. He made his pro debut on October 14 at Albany, stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 setback. The Admirals NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, drafted Janus in the sixth round (162nd overall) of last summerâ€™s NHL Entry Draft.
Janus completed his second OHL season with Erie in 2008-09, posting a 25-20-3 record with a 3.24 goals-against average in 49 games. He led the Otters in games played, wins, shutouts with three and save percentage at .908. He also played in five playoff games with Erie, posting a shutout and a 1-4-0 record.
Janus has played in 97 career OHL games, posting a 38-49-5 record with a 3.81 goals-against average.
Note: Janus is expected to join the Otters Thursday and play Friday vs. Niagara.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to the Norfolk Admirals on a conditioning stint, it was announced today by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton.
Smaby, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has not appeared in a game this season so far. Smaby split last season between the Admirals and Lightning. He appeared in 25 games with Norfolk, recording two goals, four assists and 30 penalty minutes. In a career-high 43 NHL games with the Lightning last season, Smaby posted his first four NHL points with four assists and added 50 penalty minutes. His 19:05 average ice time was also the highest of his career and was fourth among NHL rookie defensemen with 20 or more games played.
Smaby has appeared in 57 career NHL games with the Lightning with four assists and 62 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 149 career AHL games between the Admirals and Springfield Falcons, recording five goals and 23 assists with 139 penalty minutes. Selected in the second round, 41st overall by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Smaby played three seasons for the University of North Dakota (2003-04 through 2005-06), captaining teams that reached the NCAA Frozen Four in consecutive seasons.
The Admirals open the home portion of their season this Friday and Saturday against the Manchester Monarchs.
Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting via Twitter that Lightning prospect defenseman Matt Lashoff and fellow blueliner Mike Lundin have cleared waivers and will be reassigned the Norfolk Admirals. The Lightning have set their 23-man roster for today's NHL deadline ahead of the Thursday's start of the 2009-10 NHL season. The Norfolk Admirals begin their 2009-10 AHL season Saturday night against the AHL defending champion Hershey Bears.