North American Juniors
(Week ending October 2)
This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award. The award is (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques or chocolate coins involved, but weâ€™re fairly certain this will carry heavy weight among players in the global hockey community (we were able to find a picture of him with a trophy, however. Pretend it's from us.). Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospectâ€™s achievement on the ice.
This weekâ€™s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to â€¦ Brett Connolly, Tampa Bay Lightning.
Gatineau Olympiques 6 @ Val-dâ€™Or Foreurs 4
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 5 PIM
Janosik had a power play assist as Gatineau built up a 5-0 lead by the end of the second period. Val-dâ€™Or, who beat the Olympiques Friday night, scored four times in the third before Gatineau added an empty netter.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 7
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Moncton finished their visit to northern Quebec 0-2 while being outscored 13-3. Not good. They play again on the road Wednesday in Halifax.
London Knights 6 @ Plymouth Whalers 3
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM
Playing in his home state, Namestnikov scored his second of the year in the third period to help his Knights teammates to a 6-3 win over Plymouth. Seth Griffith, a member of the Lightning for the Coral Springs prospects tournament, had a goal and three assists for First Star honors. Griffith leads the Knights in scoring with four goals and nine points in four games.
Guelph Storm 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
Last yearâ€™s OHL champs have dropped two straight games this weekend and fell to .500 for the year at 3-3.
Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Val-dâ€™Or Foreurs 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 5 PIM
Janosikâ€™s power play assist gave him three helpers in three games. Gatineau was down 3-0 by the mid-way point of the game and had to play catch-up all night.
Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Quebec Remparts 5
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Milan and the Wildcats played on the same rink the Lightning practiced on earlier in the day. Patrick Royâ€™s Remparts skated to an easy 5-1 win Friday night. Milan had his first point of the season in his second game. Moncton was already down 5-0 at the time, unfortunately. The Lightning are in Quebec City to play the Canadiens Saturday night.
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ London Knights 8
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
This is hard to understand. The Knights have scored eight goals in two of their three games this season, yet of those 16 goals, Namestnikov has only one assist toward the total. The good news for London is theyâ€™re getting it done without the first rounderâ€™s offensive production. Thereâ€™s enough talent around him that Namestnikov should have a big season. Finishing on the minus side of even in an 8-2 win is not going to help much. Second year player Ryan Rupert (2012) had a hatter for London.
Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 5
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
Schemitsch had an assist for the second straight game, but his Owen Sound Attack fell in a rematch of last yearâ€™s OHL championship won by the Attack. The Majors, last yearâ€™s Memorial Cup hosts, got the better of Owen Sound in the Cup tournament and finished runner-up to St. John last May. Leafs 2011 first rounder Stuart Percy had two goals for the Majors.
Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hit
Last Seasonâ€™s Totals: 68 GP, 14-24-38, -26, 76 PIM
Milan was plus-1 in the game, fresh off spending training camp with the Lightning. He was awarded for his good play at camp with an NHL contract that will kick in when he turns pro next season. Milan and Phoenix Coyote first rounder Brandon Gormley â€“ who was thought to be a likely choice for the Lightning with their 2010 first rounder â€“ both played for the first time in the game. Gormley had a goal. Shawinigan is the Memorial Cup hosts this season and is ranked No.7 in the country in the latest CHL MasterCard Top-10. Peter Sakaris (undrafted) had both goals for the Cataractes.
Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Barrie Colts 1 (SO)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Schemitsch earned a power play assist on the game tying goal scored early in the third period to help the Attack to a 2-1 shootout win over the home side, Barrie. Schemitsch did not participate in the shootout. Schemitsch had 40 points as an OHL rookie two years ago, but due to injuries and a different role, fell to 20 points last season.
Neil Hodge, Moncton Times & Transcript
It's really a remarkable story when you look at the big picture.
Daniel Milan cracked the Moncton Wildcats' roster on a free agent tryout and was named to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League All-Rookie Team last season. That earned him a free agent invitation to a National Hockey League training camp this season.
The 19-year-old defenceman impressed the Tampa Bay Lightning so much that last week they signed him to a three-year contract. He's back in Moncton now, but if he continues to develop as expected look for him to begin his professional career next season.