There's been a pretty healthy conversation underway in the comments regarding the fate of Adam Henrich within the Lightning organization. One of the things I think that has been missing from the debate is a look at the bigger picture under the 50-man roster limit that the new CBA imposes on the NHL parent club. Prospects like Henrich who are in the final year of their NHL entry level contracts face the chance of being squeezed out by the new limits where they wouldn't have been under the old CBA. So, in order to understand the way the numbers game might play out, I think it's instructive to look at what prospects could be on the way in for next season:
Chris Lawrence continues to put up points, this time earning two assists in Mississauga's 6-3 win over Toronto on Friday night. The IceDogs had 60 shots in the game. Lawrence also had a fighting major in the third period against Rob Kweit. Lawrence was plus-1 for the game.
Marek Bartanus hit the scoresheet for the second game in a row after being held scoreless for 14 straight games when he notched a second period assist in Owen Sound's 6-3 loss in Plymouth. He had an even rating for the game.
According to one of the Ontario papers, Kevin Beech and Erie didn't figure to have much of a chance against OHL powerhouse Kitchener Friday night. The paper was right. The Rangers put 50 shots on Beech, who stopped 42 of them in an 8-3 loss. The game was 5-0 entering the third period.
After two losses, Prince George returned to their winning ways with a 9-0 shellacking of Portland in Prince George. Vladimir Mihalik had a shorthanded assist and a fight vs. Tayler Jordan. Jordan is a 6-6 winger with one goal and one point on the year to go with 93 PIM. Mihalik was plus-1.
Dane Crowley and Everett squeaked by Spokane 2-1 in Everett. Crowley was scoreless, but was on the ice for both of the Silvertips' goals to finish plus-2.
Mike Lundin scored two goals in #9 Maine's 5-1 win over #14 Vermont. Both goals came on the powerplay. The Senior now has six goals on the season and 15 points. He finished a +1 for the game. Lightning prospect and Vermont defensemen Art Femenella was scratched for the game.
John Wessbecker was scoreless and even in UMASS' 3-2 loss to #7 Boston University.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and even with two shots in Northern Michigan's 3-2 loss to Ohio State.
Karri Ramo stopped 38 of 40 shots faced tonight but still took the loss in a game where Springfield was outshot 40-24. David Spina had the only goal of the game for the Falcons off assists from Kyle Wanvig and Justin Keller. Ramo was named 2nd star of the game for his effort.
SPR Spina, (6) (Wanvig, Keller), 6:11
HFD Dubinsky, (11) (Callahan, Lampman), 14:01
HFD Byers, (12) (Baranka, Dubinsky), 6:02
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
After winning 7 straight on the road, I suppose they were due for a stinker.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 16 shots before being pulled in the loss. It wasn't under the best of circumstances, obviously, but tonight was Holmqvist's 30th decision of the season which graduated him by site criteria. Holmqvist has been moved to the Bolt Prospects Alumni section on the Prospects page.
Kudos to Ryan Craig for defending Blair Jones after Ryan Hollweg decided to try to knee the rookie. Craig is a man. The Lightning fail to keep pace with Atlanta and are now 7 points behind Atlanta, but still hold a game in hand.
NY Rangers 4:28, Colton Orr 1 (Fedor Tyutin, Blair Betts)
NY Rangers 11:32, Marcel Hossa 4 (Michal Rozsival, Martin Straka)
NY Rangers 8:28, Ryan Hollweg 1 (Jaromir Jagr)
NY Rangers 14:25, Sean Avery 11 (Michael Nylander, Brendan Shanahan)
NY Rangers 3:32, Jaromir Jagr 21 (Martin Straka)
Game sheet from NHL.com.