Janosik, Adam

Janosik, Schemitsch To Re-enter Draft

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reported today that the Lightning will not offer entry level contracts to 2010 draftees Adam Janosik and Geoffrey Schemitsch, thereby relinquishing the team's rights to both defensemen. Both players will re-enter the NHL draft this year, though it is unlikely either will be taken.

Janosik, a third round pick (72nd overall) of the Bolts in 2010, just completed his third season with Gatineau of the QMJHL. The 5'11" defenseman tied his career high in assists with 26 while accumulating 32 points in 51 games. He was an alternate captain for the Olympiques and wore the captain's "C" on occasion. He also represented his native Slovakia at the World Junior Championships, wearing an "A" for the team and totally one assist in six games. He had five assists in six games in the 2010-2011 WJCs with the Slovaks.

Janosik's career high for points was set in his draft year - his first season in North America - when he had 35 points (9 goals) in 63 games. He would never top either of those totals. He recently signed with Bili Tygri Liberec of the Czech league, where he is expected to tryout for the professional club this summer. He "grew up" in the Bili Tygri Liberec system, playing for their U18 and U20 clubs before moving to the Canadian Hockey League.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-28-12

QMJHL

1-Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ 16-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
QMJHL First Round – Saint John wins best of seven series 4-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 5-2-7, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

The good news for Cape Breton is it’s over. Saint John “only” scored five goals against them in Game 4, after scoring 13, 8 and 8 in the first three games. Gauthier scored his fifth goal of the series in Game 4. The Sea Dogs will face Baie-Comeau in the quarterfinals.

3-Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 @ 14-Gatineau Olympiques 3 (OT)
QMJHL First Round – Blainville-Boisbriand wins best of seven series 4-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -7, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 6-26-32, -13, 55 PIM

In what was probably the last junior game of his career, Adam Janosik (pictured) had a goal, assist, and was named second star as the Olympiques couldn’t hold a lead and fell to the Armada in overtime. A former third round pick of the Lightning, Janosik is up for a contract from the Lightning. If he’s not signed by June 1, he goes back in the draft. He could be signed by AHL Norfolk to a tryout agreement and play and practice with the team, or be assigned to ECHL Florida. There doesn’t appear to be any open spots with either club, however. Perhaps he’s brought in to practice with his future team.

4-Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ 13-Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 (OT)
QMJHL First Round – Baie-Comeau wins best of seven series 4-0

D Daniel Milan, VIC: Did not play
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (MON, VIC): 62 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 73 PIM

Tigres fans have to be furious after their fourth-seeded club just got swept by the 13th-seeded team. At least this game was close, won in overtime by the Drakkar. The previous game was a blowout. Milan did not play in Game 4, which made Game 3 the final game of his junior career. He’s already signed to an NHL contract and like Janosik could join the organization in some fashion this year with a tryout agreement. If not, he’ll join next season. It’s been a disappointing year statistically for Milan, who had 40 points last season. While signed for his defense, few expected him to finish with 11 points in 62 games, especially in the wide-open QMJHL.

OHL

E1-Niagara IceDogs 3 @ E8-Oshawa Generals 5
OHL First Round –Best of seven series tied 2-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM

Coyotes pick and Team Canada WJC veteran Mark Visentin allowed five goals on 23 shots as Niagara had their 2-0 series lead completely erased by eighth-seeded Oshawa. Columbus pick Boone Jenner, a favorite of Bolt Prospects heading into the draft last summer, had a goal and two assists for the Gens. Former Lightning draft pick Brock Beukeboom was scoreless in Game 4 for Niagara. His rights were traded to the Blues in the Eric Brewer trade last year. He had 16 points in 47 games for Niagara this season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-27-12

QMJHL

1-Saint John Sea Dogs 8 @ 16-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2
QMJHL First Round – Saint John leads the best of seven series 3-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 4-2-6, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Mercy. Saint John crushed Cape Breton for the third straight game, this time 8-2. They’ve scored 29 goals in three games. Gauthier was first star for his two goals on Tuesday. Minnesota prospect and former Sharks pick Charlie Coyle also had two goals to give him eight goals and 12 points in three games. He had an assist taken away from his six point game in Game 1. The slaughter will likely end Wednesday in Sydney in Game 4.

3-Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 8 @ 14-Gatineau Olympiques 5
QMJHL First Round – Blainville-Boisbriand leads best of seven series 3-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -8, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 6-26-32, -13, 55 PIM

Janosik’s junior career may only have one game left in it as the Armada are on the verge of a sweep in their first round series with Gatineau. Game 4 is Wednesday night in the Olympiques barn. Janosik’s assist was his first point of the playoffs.

4-Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ 13-Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5
QMJHL First Round – Baie-Comeau leads best of seven series 3-0

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 -1, 2 PIM (slashing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals (MON, VIC): 62 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 73 PIM

Fourth-seeded Victoriaville fell in an 0-3 hole in the series to the 13th seed, and did it by allowing a snowman in Game 3. The Tigres coach is likely in hot water considering Victoriaville had Memorial Cup aspirations not too long ago. The Drakkar can sweep the Tigres on Wednesday in Game 4.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-23-12

USHL

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 5

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 28 saves on 29 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 29 GP, 15-14-1, 2.89 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox (pictured), the reigning USHL Goaltender of the Week, got another start for the Storm and got another first star award. Unofficially that’s about seven first stars in the last month. He’s given up only three goals in his last three games while stopping 100 shots. That’s pretty good. On Friday Wilcox stopped 28 of 29 against conference-leading Omaha. Tri-City stayed in fifth in the West with the two points, but put four points between them and seventh place Des Moines for the final playoff spot. The top-6 teams make the postseason in each conference.

QMJHL

16-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ 1-Saint John Sea Dogs 13
QMJHL First Round – Saint John leads best of seven series 1-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Saint John opened defense of their Memorial Cup title with a 13-4 thrashing of Cape Breton. The Sea Dogs outshot the Screaming Eagles 50-19 in the game. Cape Breton actually held a 2-1 lead midway through the first period before Saint John turned up the heat. Gauthier had four points in the game, which tied his playoff high set last year in 18 games. Impressive. Sharks first rounder (traded to Wild) and former Boston University star Charlie Coyle had a hat trick and three assists for the Sea Dogs. Also impressive. Game 2 is Saturday night.

14-Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ 3-Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5
QMJHL First Round – Blainville-Boisbriand leads best of seven series 2-0

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM (roughing after the whistle, roughing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 6-26-32, -13, 55 PIM

The Armada took a commanding 2-0 series lead on Gatineau with a 5-1 win on Friday. They beat the Olympiques 7-2 in the series opener on Thursday. Janosik was scoreless and minus-4 in that game for the 14th seed.

13-Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ 4-Victoriaville Tigres 3
QMJHL First Round – Baie-Comeau leads best of seven series 1-0

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (MON, VIC): 62 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 73 PIM

Thirteenth-seeded Baie-Comeau stole home ice advantage from the favored Tigres by winning 4-3 in Victoriaville on Friday night. Game 2 is Saturday.

OHL

W8-Windsor Spitfires 0 @ W1-London Knights 3
OHL First Round – London leads best of seven series 1-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Namestnikov scored what turned out to be the game winning goal in the first period off a great individual effort. He added a third period power play assist to help Michael Houser (undrafted) and the East’s top seed shut out Windsor in Game 1 of their opening round series, 3-0. Game 2 is Saturday. Namestnikov had five points in six playoff games last season.

E1-Niagara IceDogs 6 @ E8-Oshawa Generals 1
OHL First Round – Niagara leads best of seven series 2-0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM

Bruins first rounder Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist to earn first star honors as top-seeded Niagara took Game 2 vs. Oshawa, 6-1. They beat the Gens 8-2 on Thursday in Game 1 in St. Catherines.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-17-12

USHL

Fargo Force 1 @ Tri-City Storm 2

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 28 GP, 14-14-1, 2.96 GAA, .915 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox put up the same stat line for the second night in a row: one goal allowed, 36 saves, and yet another first star award. Unofficially that's six in the last month. With a loss by Des Moines, Tri-City moved into the final playoff spot in the West, two points ahead of the Bucs, who have two games in hand. Eight games remain for the Storm, who are just one point behind Sioux City for fifth. Fargo sits above Sioux City.

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

In his last game of the season, newly-signed Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier didn’t perform a miracle and catch Zach O’Brien for the league’s goal scoring title, but with two goals he set a new franchise record for Saint John with 47 goals in one season. His 46th goal set a new family record – his father, Daniel, had 46 goals for Victoriaville in 89-90. Gauthier crushed his previous personal highs (11-19-30, +21) in every major category. Saint John, which finished 50-15-0-3, will begin their run to defend the Memorial Cup starting on Friday.

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing), 0 SOG, 5 Hits
Season Totals: 51 GP, 6-26-32, -13, 55 PIM

Gatineau lost to the Huskies for the second night in a row to end their regular season. With his assist, Janosik tied his career high for points in a season and broke his personal high for assists, which he set last year. He played in nine more games last year. The Olympiques will finish in 14th in the league, but make the playoffs.

OHL

London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London got a win over last place Erie in the Knights’ last game of the regular season, and combined with Plymouth’s loss to Sarnia, clinched the conference’s top seed heading into the playoffs. Namestnikov finished without a point for the 10th time in his last 14 games. He set new career highs this season for points, assists, plus/minus, and penalty minutes. He was eight off his 30-goal high, which he set last year in 68 games.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Oshawa Generals 0

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM
With Oshawa: 21 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Oshawa will conclude their regular season on Sunday. They can catch Belleville in points for seventh, but Belleville has more wins.

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