Schemitsch, Geoffrey

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: 4-1-12

OHL

E1-Niagara IceDogs 4 @ E8-Oshawa Generals 1
OHL First Round – Niagara wins best of seven series 4-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 49 GP, 2-18-20, +9, 24 PIM

Oshawa’s season came to an end on Sunday after a 4-1 loss at home to top-seeded Niagara. The Gens put up a good fight, tying the series at 2 before ultimately bowing out. The junior career of 2010 third round pick Geoffrey Schemitsch likely comes to an end, though he can play as an overager next year in the OHL if he’s invited and willing.

Future: The Lightning hold Schemitsch’s rights until June 1. If he is not signed before then, he can re-enter the draft. It is unlikely he’ll be taken. Schemitsch had 40 points in his rookie/draft year with Owen Sound, then only played in 45 games the next year, scoring 20 points. He matched that 20 points this past year in 49 games, but again battled injuries, most notably concussions. Schemitsch has good size, is a righty shot, and has good, smooth mobility, but you would have liked to have seen everything come together for him by now and be a healthy, 50-point two way defenseman at the junior level. Both Schemitsch and Adam Janosik are up for a contract with the Lightning and both could be signed, but the Bolts already have Daniel Milan, JT Brown, Alex Killorn, Cory Conacher, Danick Gauthier, and possibly Vladislav Namestnikov beginning their first contracts next year (Namestnikov is signed, but could be sent back to juniors or go to the AHL – his contract doesn’t kick in unless he goes to the AHL). With NCAA free agent Danny DeKeyser choosing to return to school, it’s possible there is another spot open for a defenseman, and speculation is that would go to Janosik. Nothing is guaranteed, however.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-31-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 4 (Friday)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 21 saves on 24 shots

On Friday night, Wilcox let in three as Tri-City fell on the road in Iowa. Notre Dame commit Vince Hinostroza had two goals for Waterloo, new Lightning prospect J.T. Brown’s former club.

Tri-City Storm 6 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 3 (Saturday)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 37 saves on 40 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 32 GP, 16-16-1, 2.90 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox stopped 37 shots to help the Storm get two points in South Dakota. With Des Moines losing five of their last six games, Tri-City sits six points up on the Bucs with Des Moines having five games left and Tri-City four. The Storm are three points behind Sioux City for fifth in the East. The top six teams in each conference make the playoffs.

OHL

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

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM

Having dropped their last two games, Niagara dominated possession in Game 5, outshooting the Gens 59-25 on their way to a 5-3 win. The game was tied at two entering the third period before the IceDogs exploded for three goals in about nine minutes. Islanders first rounder (2011) Ryan Strome had two of the three third period goals for Niagara. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom was scoreless for the IceDogs. Current Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had a helper, his third of the series. Game 6 is Sunday in Oshawa.

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: 3-25-12

OHL

W1-London Knights 3 @ W8-Windsor Spitfires 2
OHL First Round – London leads best of seven series 2-0

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

Though they are playing the eight seed, any road win is tough in the playoffs and London got a big one on Sunday in Windsor. Case in point is London was down 2-0 to the Spits before roaring back with three goals. Lightning camper Seth Griffith had his first two goals of the playoffs for London. He had 45 in the regular season. Game 3 is Monday in London.

E8-Oshawa Generals 6 @ E1-Niagara IceDogs 4
OHL First Round – Niagara leads best of seven series 2-1

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-2-2 +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM

Boone Jenner (Blue Jackets) had a hat trick and two assists, and 2012 eligible Scott Laughton had two goals and two helpers to lead Oshawa to a much-needed win in Niagara. Keep Laughton’s name in mind when the Lightning are picking in the second round. Islanders 2011 first rounder Ryan Strome had two goals and an assist for Niagara. The Ice Dogs had crushed the Gens in games one and two of the series 8-2 and 6-1 and put up 50 shots in Game 3. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) had his first two points of the postseason for Oshawa. Game 4 is Tuesday in Oshawa.

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