Niskala, Janne

This Week's Elitserien Scores

Thursday (11/20)
Johan Harju had a power play assist in Lulea's 3-2 overtime loss to Timra.

Janne Niskala had a shorthanded goal, a power play goal, and an assist in Frolunda's 4-1 win over Djurgardens. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in the match for Djurgardens.

Saturday (11/22)
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Djurgardens' 4-3 loss to Rogle.

Janne Niskala had 2 penalty minutes in Frolunda's 2-0 win over Farjestads.

Johan Harju had a power play goal in Lulea's 3-3 tie with Brynas.

Monday (11/24)
Johan Harju had a goal in Lulea's 1-1 tie with HV 71.

Andreas Holmqvist had a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Djurgardens' 4-2 win over Timra.

Tuesday (11/25)
Janne Niskala was scoreless in Frolunda's 5-0 win over Rogle. In 5 games so far with the club, Niskala has 1 goal and 3 points with 4 penalty minutes and a +3 rating.

Niskala Reassigned to Frolunda (SEL)

This bit of news went overlooked last Friday on trash day, but the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned overaged prospect defenseman Janne Niskala to Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League on November 14.

Niskala cleared waivers on November 6 and had been loaned to the Norfolk Admirals while the Lightning awaited the European leagues to return from a break in play, but Niskala did not report to the Admirals per an arrangement with Lightning GM Brian Lawton. Niskala had a clause in his contract that allowed him to be reassigned to a European team in the event he could not stick with the NHL roster. The signing of free agent defensemen Marek Malik resulted in Niskala being a consistent healthy scratch, promptly the player to ask Lawton for a European reassignment.

Niskala joins a Frolunda team that earlier in the SEL season released fellow Bolt overaged defensive prospect Andreas Holmqvist, who has subsequently joined Djurgardens.

Niskala Reassigned to Europe

Multiple local Tampa sources are reporting today that Lightning overaged defensive prospect Janne Niskala cleared waivers at noon and will be reassigned to a European team. Niskala had reportedly signed a contract at the beginning of the summer with a European KHL team, prompting the Nashville Predators to trade his rights to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning subsequently acquired Niskala's rights from the Flyers just prior to the beginning of free agency for a 2009 6th round pick, and signed the blueliner to a one-year contract with a European out-clause in case he was unable to make the Tampa roster.

Niskala earned a roster spot in training camp with solid offensive contributions both at even strength and on the power play. But the acquisitions of Lucas Krajicek and Marek Malik to the Lightning's blueline along with the return of Paul Ranger from IR after the team returned from their season openers in Prague relegated Niskala to the pressbox as the team's seventh defenseman. Niskala was reportedly unhappy about being scratched and recently met with Tampa GM Brian Lawton to discuss his future with the club.

With the European leagues on break, Niskala was reassigned to the Swedish National Team, and will eventually join a yet unnamed club in the SM-Liiga. Niskala will be available prior to the trade deadline for recall to Tampa, but would need to clear recall waivers. Niskala scored 1 goal and added 2 assists in 6 games for the Lightning this season.

NHL Game Night 10/21: Thrashers at Lightning

It's about time.

ATL-2
TB-3 (OT)

Mike Smith stopped 31 of 33 shots for his first win of the season.

First Period
07:18 TB Mark Recchi, (Radim Vrbata, Janne Niskala)

Second Period
13:10 TB Vaclav Prospal, (Mike Lundin, Martin St. Louis)

Third Period
06:37 ATL Colby Armstrong, (Todd White)

19:24 ATL Todd White, (Mathieu Schneider, Ron Hainsey)

Overtime
01:41 TB Vincent Lecavalier, (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)(PP)

Congratulations to Barry Melrose on his first win in the NHL in 13 years, and Oren Koules and Len Barrie on their first win as NHL owners.

Janne Niskala had 1 assist, 2 shots, and was +1 in 11:52.

Steven Stamkos had 4 shots, 2 hits, and was 46% on draws in 11:30.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 10/18: Wild at Lightning

It's getting better, but still not quite there.

MIN-1
TB-0 (SO)

Mike Smith was the hard luck shootout loser stopping 21 of 21 in regulation and overtime before allowing 1 of 3 in the penalty shot session.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MIN- Miettinen
TB- NONE

The Lightning outshot Minnesota 32-21 in the game.

Janne Niskala had 3 shots and 1 hit in 12:37.

David Koci had 4 penalty minutes in 0:41 of ice time (3 shifts).

Steven Stamkos had 4 shots and 2 hits and was 50% on draws in 13:56. He also failed to convert in the shootout session.

Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

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