According to today's Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the ECHLâ€™s Johnstown Chiefs and AHLâ€™s Springfield Falcons rotated players, sending Stanislav Lascek to Johnstown and Radek Smolenak to Springfield.
Smolenak played in 30 games for the Chiefs. He had a team-high 12 goals and ranked fourth with 22 points. In two earlier games with Springfield, the 6-foot-3 native of Prague, Czech Republic, didnâ€™t score a point.
Lascek appeared in 26 games with the Falcons, netting two goals and four points. The native of Martin, Slovakia, began the season in Johnstown and was the teamâ€™s leading scorer when he was recalled in November. He had five goals and 15 points in 10 ECHL games.
Note: The newspaper also reports Falcons property Maxime Boisclair participated in the ECHL All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday and had two assists in the American Conferenceâ€™s 6-3 win over the National Conference at Qwest Arena.
Chris Lawrence had 2 goals and an assist Thursday night to lead the Mississauga IceDogs to a 5-1 road win over Toronto St. Mike's. Lawrence was also plus-2 and had 6 PIM. One of his goals was the game winner and the other was a power play marker. Anyone who had him in their stat-category-based OHL fantasy hockey league is probably patting themselves on the back for that performance. Lawrence was named the game's first star.
"The coaches have emphasized that I've got to drive the net more," Lawrence told the Mississauga News. "And if you work hard, the goals will come."
"When he's going to the net as hard as he did tonight, not too many people can handle him at this level," Coach Mike Kelly said of Lawrence's performance.
Note: This was Mississauga's last game in the old Toronto rink, St. Michael's College Arena, which has seen the likes of Red Kelly, Tim Horton, and Frank Mahovlich come through on their way to the pros. The Mississauga News reports the current Toronto club will likely play in Mississauga's Hershey Centre next year after the IceDogs move to Niagara Falls.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 26 of 28 in regulation and overtime before stopping 3 of 3 to stay perfect in shootout situations. Brad Richards had a pair of goals and the shootout winner while assists went to Paul Ranger, Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis. Ranger, in particular, deserves plaudits for an incredible tape to tape pass from just above his own goal line to Richards at the Devils' blueline for the breakaway goal.
New Jersey 1:58, Jay Pandolfo 6 (John Madden, Sergei Brylin)
Tampa Bay 4:07, Brad Richards 17 (Paul Ranger)
Tampa Bay 19:56, Brad Richards 18 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
New Jersey 12:50, Paul Martin 1 (power play) (Zach Parise, Brian Rafalski)
Tampa Bay- Richards
New Jersey- NONE
Game sheet from NHL.com.
TSN.ca is reporting the Los Angeles Kings have claimed veteran netminder Sean Burke off re-entry waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning will gain $350,000 in cap relief from the move.
Bolt Prospects would like to announce the release of its 2006-2007 Midterm Rankings for prospects in the Lightning organization. There have been multiple changes since the Preliminary Rankings we released in October, most notably a new top prospect in the organization, AHL All-Star Karri Ramo, and the graduation of top ten prospect Nick Tarnasky who played his 41st NHL game of the season just this past weekend. Multiple prospects also managed to crack the rankings for the first time by virtue of their play so far this season.
Just a quick reminder on how we differentiate between "alumni", "prospect" and "overage prospect". Any player who plays 41 games or more at the NHL level in any single season or 82 or more total career NHL games will be considered graduated and will be moved to the "Bolt Prospects Alumni" section of the prospects page. With Tarnasky's full-time promotion to the NHL and prior graduations by Doug Janik and Eric Perrin, the alumni list has now grown to six players over the span of the past year and a half since we first put up the prospects page and profile content. Any player under the age of 24 on opening night of the 2006-2007 season who hasn't met the criteria for graduation is considered a "prospect" and is elligible for our rankings. Any player 24 or older who has not yet met the criteria for graduation is considered an "overage prospect" and is not elligible to make the list. In addition, with Johan Holmqvist on track for graduation this season, we've adopted new, but similar, rules for goaltenders whereby graduation will occur upon the 30th decision of any single NHL season or the 41st career NHL decision. For anyone wondering, Holmqvist has already earned 23 decisions this season (with a 14-9-0 record).
With all the legal disclaimers out of the way, here are the 2006-2007 Bolt Prospects Midterm Rankings which can also be found on our prospects page.