Schemitsch, Geoffrey

North American Juniors Game Night: 9-23-11

QMJHL

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Xavier Ouellet), 2 SOG, 0 Hit
Last Season’s Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
Playoff Totals: 24 GP, 5-4-9, -3, 12 PIM

Janosik made his 2011-2012 debut for the Olympiques, notching a multi-point night and a fight. Janosik has done well statistically for his native Slovakia in World Junior play, but his stats so far in league play have been mediocre. A breakout year is expected. The Armada is a new franchise in the Q this year. Last year they were the Montreal Junior and before that the St. John’s Fog Devils.

OHL

Saginaw Spirit 0 @ London Knights 8

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Last Season’s Totals: 68 GP, 30-38-68, +12, 49 PIM
2011 Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, 6 PIM

London put a snowman on the scoreboard to start their season, scoring five times in the second period and adding three more in the third. Namestnikov, who was sent back to juniors by the Lightning this week, had one assist in the game, but was one of only three players to fail to finish above even in plus/minus. He was hauled down from behind on a shorthanded breakaway, but no penalty was called. London was paced by Tie Domi’s son, Max, who had a hat trick and an assist in his first OHL game. London first rounder Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist, and Seth Griffith, who participated in the Lightning’s prospect camp early in the summer and again for the Bolts in the Coral Springs prospect tournament, had two goals and was named Third Star. London plays at Guelph Sunday.

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Guelph Storm 4

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM

Defending champion Owen Sound is off to a 2-0 start to the year after beating the Storm in Guelph Friday night 6-4. Schemitsch is scoreless through two games.

North American Juniors Game Night: 9-21-11

OHL

Plymouth Whalers 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 6

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (cross checking)
Last Season’s Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
2011 Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM

Defending champion Owen Sound opened the 2011-2012 OHL season with a 6-2 win over Plymouth. The Attack scored four times in the second period building 4-0 and 5-1 leads. Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch, who arrived in Ontario Tuesday after being sent down from Tampa, was plus-2 in the game. He was named an assistant captain for the Attack earlier in the day Wednesday.

Schemitsch and Vladislav Namestnikov (London) are the only current Lightning prospects expected to play in the OHL this season. Former Lightning prospect Michael Zador, who was not signed to a contract by Tampa Bay this spring thus relinquishing his rights, finished last season with Owen Sound. He is not currently listed on the Attack or any other OHL roster though he has junior eligibility remaining.

Lightning Send Two Prospects Home

The Lightning announced today that prospect defensemen Adam Janosik and Geoffrey Schemitsch will be returning to their junior teams.

Both prospects were at practice this morning in Brandon, Florida. Janosik will return to Gatineau, whose season is already underway. Schemitsch will join the defending OHL champion Owen Sound Attack, whose first game is Wednesday.

Schemitsch was skating with a coach before practice this morning receiving extra instruction. He faired well in practice Sunday and played a simple, yet steady game Saturday during the scrimmage. He was schooled by Dominic Moore in one on one drills Monday.

Janosik (pictured) had a nice goal on Matthieu Garon in practice today from the point.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/26/11

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Owen Sound Attack 3 vs. Kootenay Ice 7

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM
Memorial Cup Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM

G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

OHL champion Owen Sound was eliminated from the Memorial Cup tonight after losing a tiebreaker game vs. WHL champion Kootenay, 7-3. The Attack beat the Ice 5-0 in their first game of the tournament, but with stars Joey Hishon (Avalanche) and Garret Wilson (Panthers) both out with concussions, they didn’t have a lot to offer. They certainly tried, holding a 2-0 lead after the first period, but Kootenay exploded for three goals in the second period and four in the third to advance to the semifinals vs. tournament host Mississauga.

This marked the final game of the season for Lightning prospects Geoffrey Schemitsch and Michael Zador. After missing several weeks at the end of the regular season due to a broken arm, Schemitsch was finding his groove late in the playoffs. He is all but set to return to Owen Sound next season. Zador, who didn’t dress again Thursday, likely played his last game as a Lightning prospect. The 2009 draft choice must be signed by June 1 and all indications are he’ll be allowed to re-enter the draft. Zador has great size and superb raw skills, and was drafted in front of Jaroslav Janus by the Bolts, but he just struggles to stop the puck consistently. The signing of NCAA free agent Pat Nagle by the Lightning earlier this spring probably sealed Zador’s fate with the Bolts.

Speaking of deadlines, we learned from the Lightning today that overager Teigan Zahn of Saskatoon does not have to be signed by June 1 to retain his rights. Zahn, like all of the 2010 draftees, must be given a "bona fide offer" to maintain his rights for another year, but he is not in danger of being lost. The rugged character defenseman is out of junior eligibility so he could be signed by the Lightning's AHL affiliate to a one year contract.

Today the Norfolk Admirals announced the signing of Adam Janosik's teammate, Philip-Michael Devos of Gatineau, to a two-year AHL contract. Devos was the Q's leading scorer this year with 47 goals and 114 points in 68 games.

Schemitsch and Zador were the last two Lightning prospects playing this season, so the 2010-2011 prospect season has come to a close. Thank you for your faithful readership and keep up with us for Lightning analysis and pre-draft coverage.

North American Juniors Game Night: 5/25/11

2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup

Owen Sound Attack 1 vs. Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-10-11, +5, 2 PIM
Memorial Cup Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .940 sv%, 1 SO

Mississauga won Game 8 vs. Owen Sound this post season and as a result earned a trip to the Memorial Cup semifinals. The Attack, who beat the Majors in seven games to win the OHL championship a week ago, now must win a tie-breaker game with Kootenay for the right to play the Majors again. St. John has a bye to the finals. In Wednesday’s game, Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had his two game point streak snapped. He had his head driven into the boards on a hit that was originally penalized, then rescinded after the refs deemed it legal. Michael Zador took a seat in the bleachers rather than on the bench as recent Rangers signee Scott Stajcer, who played the majority of the playoffs for the Attack, sat backup to 2011 prospect Jordan Binnington (25/27). Owen Sound and Kootenay play Thursday night. The Attack won the first meeting between the clubs at the Memorial Cup, 5-0.

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