(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 newspaper received confirmation of the expected transaction from Janus' agent, Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario.
The report also states the Lightning are interested in signing Janus after this season.
Janus, a 2009 sixth round pick of the Lightning, began the season with Norfolk on a 25-game professional tryout contract. He has played in two of Norfolk's 10 games, accumulating a 0-2-0 record, a 1.52 goals-against average (GAA) and a .939 save percentage. Last year he posted a 25-20-4 record with Erie, along with a 3.24 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Otters have struggled defensively this year so far, and Janus will be a welcomed re-addition.
Goal support, please.
Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 20 shots in the loss.
SYR Picard, (5) (Roy, MacKenzie), 0:32
SYR Pelletier, (3) (Fritsche, MacKenzie), 19:27 (EN)
Janus was named the game's second star. Norfolk outshot Syracuse 32-21 in the game. There's too much veteran talent in Norfolk to keep struggling offensively like this.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Here's your stat of the week:
Through six games, Norfolk's goaltenders have a combined 2.19 GAA and .925 save percentage. Mind you, they're 2-4-0 as a group, but you'd have to believe that if Tokarski, Helenius, and Janus keep this up the Admirals are going to be in great shape.
I mean, it's not like Martins Karsums can stay scoreless forever, right?
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 34 saves on 37 shots
Season: 6 GP, 4-1-1-0, 3.49 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO
Zador won his third straight game, defeating the division-rival Bulls in Belleville. With the win, Oshawa (5-3-2-0) climbed into a first place tie with Peterborough and Kingston in the East Division. Zador was complimented by his coach in the Oshawa Express for his good play recently (Click here to read).
Meanwhile, with Jaroslav Janus making his pro debut last night for Norfolk, his junior team in Erie lost yet again and have the leagueâ€™s fewest points at 6. Erie has been plagued by the relatively unexpected losses of Janus and center Ryan Oâ€™Reilly (2009 second round pick/33rd overall), whoâ€™s still with the Colorado Avalanche.
Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 0
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-2-8, -6, 18 PIM
Lethbridge outshot Chilliwack 31-29, but couldnâ€™t beat Bruin goaltender Lucas Gore (undrafted), who won his first game of the season.