At the end of training camp, Dana Tyrell was given the unfortunate news.
Despite more than 100 National Hockey League games to his credit, there was no room for Tyrell on the Tampa Bay Lightning roster. The speedy winger cleared waivers and was sent to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch for the third time in two years.
"It definitely doesn't feel good to be put on waivers, but that's a part of the business and a part of the game," Tyrell said. "I've been through it before, so I knew what to expect this year. It's nothing I'd want to go through again."
The Lightning organization goes as deep as the ECHL.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 26 shots (including a rare OT penalty shot) before stopping all 4 he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout win. Since coming up from the Everblades for an injured Riku Helenius, Gudlevskis has put up a very respectable 3-0-0 record with 1 shutout, a 2.21 GAA, and a .914 sv%.
SYR Gauthier, (1) , 4:44
WBS Zolnierczyk, (6) (Sill, Despres), 12:39
SYR Nesterov, (2) (Kucherov, Namestnikov), 14:31 (PP)
WBS Ebbett, (4) (Letourneau-Leblond, Harrington), 13:56
WBS Ebbett, (5) (D'Agostino, Dumoulin), 12:47
SYR Rankin, (4) (Cote, Gauthier), 15:38
SYR- Richard, Kucherov
Nikita Kucherov and Danick Gauthier were the game's first and third stars. Gauthier always amazes me with his ability to chip in despite always seemingly being on the fringe between the ECHL and AHL. This was Danick's second game up from the Coast and, as usual, he found a way to contribute. Depth is a wonderful thing.
Syracuse heads back to familiar territory Friday and Saturday to play Norfolk.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 5 @ North Bay Battalion 3
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Undrafted Sergei Tolchinsky had two goals and an assist for the Soo on Tuesday night. Tolchinsky was signed by Carolina following June’s draft.
Charles Landry provides the Syracuse Crunch with something coach Rob Zettler believes is critical.
The defenseman, who has spent most of the last two seasons in the ECHL, gives the Crunch a dependable option in case of injury. Zettler knows what he can expect, even though Landry has played less than a dozen games in a Syracuse sweater.
"Whenever he's been in there and given the chance to play, he's played well," Zettler said. "He does nothing but be a professional out there."
We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for November 4, 2013 is … Nikita Kucherov, W (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
Someone should tell Syracuse Crunch rookie Nikita Kucherov it’s not supposed to be this easy. Players aren’t supposed to average two points-per-game in their first 10 professional games, but after Kucherov averaged three points-per-game last week in three games, that’s exactly what he’s doing with 20 points (11 goals) in 10 games.