With today’s Part 4, we close the book on our late offseason Who’s Trending? series that examines rising or falling player values. As we’ve mentioned many times, the great part about hockey – and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. This is The Afanasenkov Rule.
The series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
Part 4: Recent Graduates
Tampa Bay Lightning 50-man Organizational Roster for 2014-2015 (contract status via @capgeek):
KalPa 3 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Ex-Blues 4th rounder Michal Bimer scored a tie breaking goal with less than 8 minutes to go in the Third Period to help KalPa sink HPK 3-2.
Bratislava 1 vs. CSKA Moscow 4
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .895 sv%
Jaroslav Janus sat backup in Bratislava's crushing 4-1 defeat by CSKA Moscow. CSKA got a goal and an assist from former Wings second rounder Igor Grigorenko.
Khanty-Mansiysk 5 vs. Dinamo Riga 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 11:40 in Yugra's 5-2 pounding of Dinamo Riga. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar led the way with a pair of goals.
Sochi 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Win, 25/26, 1.01 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 7-1-0, 2 SO, 1.00 GAA, .960 sv%
Nashville second rounder Vladislav Kamenev potted the game-winning Third Period goal for Magnitogorsk in their 2-1 win over Sochi. Magnitogorsk currently sits in the top spot in the Eastern Conference and looks every bit the KHL defending champions.