Halmo, Mike

AHL Game Night: 11-26-16 Crunch at Senators

Successful weekend for shorthanded Crunch.

SYR-4
BNG-2

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
19:50 SYR Halmo (4), (Darcy, Bournival)

Second Period
8:29 SYR Taormina (4), (Erne, Richard)(PP)
8:44 SYR Halmo (5), (Bournival, Comrie)
19:58 BNG Flanagan (1), (Varone)(SH)

Third Period
1:42 BNG Robinson (3), (Bailey, Varone)
17:44 SYR Vermin (5), (Taormina, Gourde)

Mike Halmo and Michael Bournival were the game's first and second stars.

No Cory Conacher, no problem. Syracuse continues to be on the prowl for the top spot in their division with games in hand to burn to get there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-5-16 Crunch at Comets

Crunch get back on track with 2-0-0 weekend.

SYR-2
UTI-1

Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory. Very solid win for young Wilcox with only 2 goals of support to work with. Very impressive.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:16 SYR Condra (2), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
18:27 UTI Grenier (4), (Chaput, Subban)(PP)

Third Period
1:56 SYR Halmo (3), (Gourde, Conacher)

Mike Halmo, Cory Conacher, and Wilcox were the game's three stars.

This weekend ended up being about Syracuse proving they could win low scoring games with defense and goaltending. We know they have the forward depth and firepower to win a track meet, at least on paper. But, to be a really good team they must learn to keep the puck out of the back of their own net, and they went a few steps ahead in proving they can accomplish that this weekend.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-29-16 Panthers at Lightning

Syracuse Crunch clamp down on Panthers B squad.

FLA-0
TB-2

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout victory. This is an excellent start for a netminder who just got a prove it contract who may have an NHL backup opportunity looming in his future once the Lightning sort out their starting situation up top.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
3:54 TB Morin (1), (unassisted)

Third Period
14:48 TB Point (2), (Morin, Bournival)

Gudlevskis, Jeremy Morin, and Slater Koekkoek were the game's three stars. Kudos to the Lightning equipment guys for having the sense of humor to stick Morin in #33. He's one letter away from being a Lightning all-timer. Made me double-take, for certain.

If the Lightning preseason opener was a showcase for the team's junior prospects, tonight was an opportunity for many prospects earmarked for the Syracuse Crunch. And, on first blush, I'd think new coach Benoit Groulx will be pleased with what he saw tonight.

Centers

Matthew Peca had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 19:37. 90% on 10 draws is pleasing to the eye. I remain convinced that for Syracuse to go anywhere, Peca's going to have to become a big time AHL player. He'll have a little more help this season with Brayden Point in Syracuse, but as an older and more experienced guy, he's one I suspect needs to become one of the leaders for the Crunch.

Tanner Richard had 2 hits in 16:49. 13% on 8 draws is a little cringe-worthy stat line on draws. He's on the clock now to make a push and earn a look in the NHL. Not sure he really flashed enough tonight.

Brayden Point had his second goal in as many games and was +2 with 3 shots in 14:02. He was also 45% on 11 draws. The Lightning are already trying to tamp down expectations because they know Point needs seasoning and experience, but his raw talent is undeniable.

Wingers
Yanni Gourde had 2 penalty minutes and 2 shots in 16:58.

Mike Halmo had 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 11:48.

Gabriel Dumont had 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:57.

Defensemen
Daniel Walcott had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:43.

Dylan Blujus had 3 shots and 4 blocked shots in 18:34. Blujus is a guy who somewhat falls into the same boat as Richard. He needs to start making a push to challenge Witkowski to become the Lightning's first righty callup from Syracuse.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 17:48.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 in 16:40. The Lightning have played Koekkoek in both games, which is telling, but they've also resolved not to give him a gigantic load of minutes in these games as they might've been tempted to do. That tells me they're easing Koekkoek into a marathon rather than putting him through a sprint of a look-see.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Mike Halmo

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
5.10
Weight: 
209
Born: 
05/15/1991
Age: 
26
Hometown: 
Waterloo, ONT
Acquired: 
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 9, 2016
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Rugged, energy depth winger

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Undrafted

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
07/09/2016
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$575 000
Contract Start Year: 
2016
Contract End Year: 
2017
Contract End Status: 
UFA
Salary: 
$575 000

Bio

Comment: 
Qualifies as a Group VI free agent on July 1, 2017
Awards: 

2010-2011

  • OHL Champion

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

Halmo is a stocky winger who plays a feisty, gritty game. Won't hesitate to drop the gloves. Works hard enough to have some offensive upside, too. - Erik K. Piri, EP (2014)

Strengths: 

Is a feisty competitor who never backs down from opponents. Will drop the gloves and do anything to help his team win. Can produce points at lower levels.

Weaknesses: 

Is somewhat undersized, so will he be able to thrive playing his rambunctious size at the highest level? Also, he is a fairly limited offensive player.

Projection: 

Rugged, energy depth winger.

Statistics

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2005-2006 Waterloo Wolves Bantam AAABig Nickel Bantam4 3 25 4|        
 2006-2007 Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget AAAAHMMPL78 41 4182 121|        
  Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget AAAOHL Cup5 8 19 4|        
 2007-2008 Waterloo SiskinsGOJHL47 9 2029 84|Playoffs5 2 02 23 
 2008-2009 Owen Sound AttackOHL62 5 38 90|Playoffs4 0 11
 2009-2010 Owen Sound AttackOHL60 11 1829 121|        
 2010-2011 Owen Sound AttackOHL59 20 2343 121|Playoffs22 5 1015 36 
  Owen Sound AttackM-Cup4 1 45 6|        
 2011-2012 Owen Sound AttackOHL66 40 4585 162|        
  Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL5 1 01 5|        
 2012-2013 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL46 5 914 46|        
 2013-2014 New York IslandersNHL20 1 01 32|        
  Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL56 18 2038 137|        
 2014-2015 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL33 10 818 83|        
 2015-2016 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL74 22 1941 117|Playoffs3 1 01
 2016-2017 Syracuse CrunchAHL69 16 1228 100|        
 2017-2018 HC BolzanoEBEL27 8 1624 43|        

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Bolts Add More Forward Depth; Ink Mike Halmo for One Year

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Mike Halmo to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Halmo, 25, played in 74 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League last season, collecting 22 goals and 41 points to go along with 117 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Sound Tigers for goals and was third for points. Halmo set career highs last season for games played, goals and points. The Waterloo, Ontario native has skated in 214 career AHL games, all with Bridgeport over the past five seasons, posting 56 goals and 112 points.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound forward has appeared in 20 career NHL games, all with the New York Islanders during the 2013-14 season, posting one goal and 32 penalty minutes. Halmo made his NHL debut on February 27, 2014 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and netted his first career NHL goal on April 1, 2014 against the Florida Panthers (Scott Clemmensen).

Halmo went undrafted and originally signed as a free agent with the Islanders on March 10, 2012.

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