Johnson, Tyler

Prospect of the Week (12.5.11)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but we’re banking on a future Oscars-type awards show for it.

Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Tyler Johnson, Center, Norfolk Admirals (AHL – USA)

Although undrafted, all Tyler Johnson did during his junior career was score. And play defense. And win faceoffs. And anything else his coaches asked of him. He just didn’t grow as much as his teammates, which didn’t do him any favors as he was undersized to begin with.

AHL Game Night: 12-3-11 Phantoms at Admirals

TJ leads the comeback.

ADK-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 16 shots for the win. He's won 5 of his last 6 decisions now. That's a sign that it's time to ride him as the starter. He plays better with the heavier workload, and he's got a tendency to stay hot about a month to a month and a half at a time.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
ADK Akeson, (7) (Eddy, Hamel), 5:01 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Johnson, (7) (Dimmen, Jackson), 12:46
NOR Johnson, (8) (Ashton, Devos), 19:30

Tyler Johnson (pictured) and Tokarski were the game's first and third stars. Johnson's quietly put together a nice 3 game point streak after snapping a 4 game pointless streak. He's been overshadowed by fellow rookies Conacher and Ashton, but on any other team he'd be getting a lot of plaudits for his production for a first year pro.

Tonight's game marked the debut of new Admirals Evan Oberg and Mike Kostka, as well as Admirals contractee Philip-Michael Devos, who is a much better playmaker than former Miami Vice sidekick Philip Michael Thomas.

Norfolk goes on the road to Binghamton on Friday. Their win tonight moves them back into a tie with the Penguins for first place in the AHL East Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-18-11 Admirals at IceCaps

TJ back to early season form.

NOR-6
STJ-2

Jaroslav Janus made 26 saves on 28 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Ashton, (12) (Fornataro, Johnson), 5:27
STJ Postma, (3) (Machacek, Klingberg), 16:44 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Smith, (7) (Conacher, Dimmen), 1:22
NOR Smith, (8) (Conacher, Landry), 4:32
NOR Angelidis, (3) (Wyman), 11:11

Third Period
STJ Klingberg, (9) (DeSantis), 2:58 (SH)
NOR Johnson, (5) (Ashton, Conacher), 8:14
NOR Johnson, (6) (Barberio, Vernace), 15:35 (PP)

Tyler Johnson and Carter Ashton were the game's first and second stars.

Remember Tyler Johnson (pictured)? He had 6 points in the first 4 games of the season before cooling off with 3 points in the subsequent 11. And then, boom, 3 point night. There's so much depth on the Admirals and it's truly under-appreciated. Trevor Smith has 20 points in the first 17 games this season, and he's barely figured in the three stars discussions in each game. Heck, he's not even the team's leading scorer, because Cory Conacher has 21 points, and he doesn't even have a contract with the Lightning, yet. There's 4 players on the Ads (Conacher, Smith, Ashton, and Mark Barberio) that are currently over a point-a-game. It's impressive.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-15-11 Admirals at Bears

Ouellet is money in overtime.

NOR-6
HER-5 (OT)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the win. There's still no clear changing of the guard between the pipes, in my opinion, after this performance.

First Period
HER Mink, (1) (Aucoin, McNeill), 6:42 (PP)
NOR Gudas, (1) (Ouellet, Fornataro), 13:21
NOR Gudas, (2) (Smith, Fornataro), 18:38
HER Collins, (1) (Mink, Aucoin), 19:46

Second Period
HER Bourque, (4) (Aucoin, Wellar), 6:01
HER Ford, (2) (Sjogren, Greentree), 11:04
NOR Conacher, (2) (Wyman, Angelidis), 16:44
NOR Ashton, (4) (Dimmen, Johnson), 17:12

Third Period
NOR Conacher, (3) , 8:59
HER Micflikier, (2) (Aucoin, Mink), 13:15 (PP)

Overtime
NOR Ouellet, (2) (Angelidis), 1:06

Cory Conacher and Michel Ouellet were the game's first and second stars.

Mark Barberio had his points streak snapped, but Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson continue their offensive mastery.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-14-11 Bears at Admirals

Does this open the door for Janus to take the starting job?

HER-7
NOR-5

Dustin Tokarski allowed 6 goals on 22 shots for the loss before being lifted for Jaroslav Janus, who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots the rest of the way. The numbers are ugly. Tokarski has a 6.35 GAA and .788 sv% in his first two starts, after being injured for much of training camp. My guess is that if Janus' next start is successful, he may be the #1 for a little while.

First Period
HER Bourque, (2) (Micflikier, McNeill), 4:47 (PP)
HER Flemming, (1) (Bourque, Wellar), 10:11
NOR Wyman, (1) (Smith, Tyrell), 15:32
NOR Johnson, (3) (Ashton, Barberio), 17:02 (PP)

Second Period
HER Eakin, (1) (Flemming, Richmond), 2:02
HER Bourque, (3) (Aucoin, Micflikier), 8:07 (PP)
NOR Barberio, (1) (Ashton, Johnson), 9:32
HER Micflikier, (1) (Mink, McNeill), 12:05 (PP)

Third Period
HER Eakin, (2) (Bourque, McNeill), 2:07
NOR Ouellet, (1) (Gudas, Wright), 2:25
HER Aucoin, (2) (Mink, Bourque), 6:06
NOR Panik, (1) (Picard), 16:26

On the bright side, Mark Barberio (3 GP, 1-5-6), Tyler Johnson (3 GP, 3-2-5), and Carter Ashton (3 GP, 3-3-6) continue to rack up points at an obscene clip. 2 points a game for any player is ridiculous. 2 points a game for a d-man like Barberio (pictured) is fantastic.

Norfolk hits the road for a rematch with Hershey tomorrow night. Again, the big intrigue will be between the pipes, where Jaroslav Janus will likely play, and if he does well, there may be a change in the depth chart for a while in net.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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