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.

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.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-14-12

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 1

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 64 GP, 45-38-83, +44, 63 PIM

Saint John did something no team has done in the history of the QMJHL Wednesday when they clinched the league’s regular season championship for the third straight year. Congrats to the Sea Dogs for that accomplishment. Helping them on Wednesday was newly signed Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (pictured), who tied for the team lead with three points and led the club with a plus-5 rating. Gauthier’s 45th goal of the season opened the game’s scoring. Blues pick Ryan Tesink had two goals and was named first star.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 10 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4

D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play.
Season Totals: 49 GP, 6-25-31, -11, 49 PIM

That smarts. Janosik missed the bloodshed as he is in Slovakia completing some exams. He is expected back by the end of the week.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (OT)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM
With Oshawa: 20 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch scored for the second time this season to continue his recent offensive resurgence. He was a 40-point player in his draft year, but due to injuries and circumstance has fallen off that pace in the last two seasons. He is up for an NHL contract at the end of the year.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-13-12

OHL

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 1-17-18, +8, 24 PIM
With Oshawa: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +5, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch came into the game with points in three of his last four contests. The Gens have clinched a playoff spot and sit in seventh in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Mississauga. Oshawa’s fourth straight win eliminated the Petes from playoff contention.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-11-12

QMJHL

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (interference), 3 SOG, 1 Hits
Season Totals: 63 GP, 44-36-80, +39, 63 PIM

The CHL’s top ranked team lost for the second time this week, dropping a 6-2 decision to the upcoming Memorial Cup hosts. Gauthier’s five-game point streak was snapped in the process. He had 11 points over those five games. Anton Zlobin had two goals and three assists for the Cataractes. Zlobin is projected to be a mid-round pick in the 2012 draft after being passed over last year. He has 39 goals and 74 points in 64 games. He is also plus-43. He had 45 points in 59 games in his initial draft year.

Quebec Remparts 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5

D Adam Janosik, GAT: Did not play.
Season Totals: 49 GP, 6-25-31, -11, 49 PIM

Even without one of their defensive leaders in Adam Janosik, Gatineau upset the visiting Remparts from Quebec City. Janosik reportedly returned to his native Slovakia to take school tests. He is expected back Thursday.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 5

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 2 PIM (holding), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 60 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 69 PIM
With Victoriaville: 27 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 38 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Former Lightning camper Brandon Hynes had a goal and an assist for Victoriaville. He is sixth in QMJHL scoring with 84 points in 59 games.

OHL

London Knights 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 60 GP, 22-48-70, +19, 50 PIM

Ducks first rounder and former Michigan commit John Gibson had his first OHL shutout, and over one of the league’s top scoring teams at that.

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-17-18, +8, 24 PIM
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 1-6-7, +5, 4 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch has points in two straight games and three of his last four contests.

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