2018 Tampa Bay Lightning Draft Picks

Cal Foote

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
209
Born: 
12/13/1998
Age: 
19
Hometown: 
Englewood, CO
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1 (#14) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Big, big-minute and big-shooting defenseman with upside.

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
1
Pick No.: 
14
Draft Team: 
Kelowna (WHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
04/01/2018
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Contract Start Year: 
2018
Contract End Year: 
2021
Contract End Status: 
RFA

Bio

History: 

Selected in the second round, 43rd overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft by Kelowna. Selected in the third round, 46th overall, of the 2014 USHL Futures Draft by the Omaha Lancers. Ultimately selected the Canadian junior route where he debuted for Kelowna in 2015-2016 with a fine 8 goal and 36 point premiere campaign. Had 6 goals and 51 points in his draft year in 2016-2017 and appeared for Team WHL in the Subway Super Series.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Big, skilled rearguard with fine offensive instincts." -Red Line Report

Strengths: 

Big, strong defenseman with excellent blood lines. Has an advanced understanding of positioning, a good stick, and good gap control. Calm under pressure and is an above average passer with a low, hard shot that should translate to the point on the power play.

Weaknesses: 

Skating has been panned as average, and while he is big and strong, he isn't nasty or mean.

Projection: 

#3 or #4 minute eating defenseman who can contribute on the power play.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Colorado Thunderbirds QC Int PW4 0 00 2|        
 2013-2014 Colorado Thunderbirds U16T1EHL U1633 2 1214 19|        
  Team Black USA-S155 0 00 -|        
 2014-2015 Colorado Thunderbirds U16T1EHL U1623 4 1115 42|Playoffs4 3 25
  Omaha LancersUSHL2 0 11 0|        
 2015-2016 Kelowna RocketsWHL71 8 2836 36|Playoffs18 1 89 12 
 2016-2017 Kelowna RocketsWHL71 6 5157 41|Playoffs14 1 67 24 
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 Kelowna RocketsWHL60 19 5170 46|Playoffs4 1 56
  Syracuse CrunchAHL6 1 01 4|Playoffs7 1 12
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 33 0|        
  WHL All-StarsCanada/Russia Series2 0 00 2|        
 2018-2019 Syracuse CrunchAHL- - -- -|        

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Alexander Volkov

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.01
Weight: 
192
Born: 
08/02/1997
Age: 
20
Hometown: 
Moscow, RUS
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2 (#48) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Syracuse (AHL)
Projects As: 
Scoring line winger

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
2
Pick No.: 
48
Draft Team: 
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
06/29/2017
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$864 167
Contract Start Year: 
2017
Contract End Year: 
2020
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$742 500
Salary: 
$925 000
Salary: 
$925 000

Bio

Awards: 

2015-2016 U17 WJC Silver Medalist
2016-2017 U18 WJC Bronze Medalist
2016-2017 VHL Champion With Dynamo Balashikha

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL16 2 24 6|Playoffs5 0 00
 2014-2015 SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL54 11 819 36|Playoffs17 1 12
  SKA-Varyagi im. MorozovaMHL B2 2 24 0|        
  Russia U18Hlinka Memorial4 0 00 2|        
  Russia U18 (all)International-Jr4 0 00 2|        
 2015-2016 SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL42 16 1127 34|Playoffs3 0 00
 2016-2017 SKA-Neva St. PetersburgVHL15 3 03 4|Playoffs8 1 23
  SKA-1946 St. PetersburgMHL16 6 511 12|Playoffs4 2 24
  Russian Selects U20Jr Super Series6 0 33 0|        
 2017-2018 Syracuse CrunchAHL75 23 2245 63|Playoffs7 3 36
 2018-2019 Syracuse CrunchAHL- - -- -|        

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Alexey Lipanov

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
170
Born: 
08/17/1999
Age: 
18
Hometown: 
Moscow, RUS
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#75) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Sudbury (OHL)
Projects As: 
Solid two-way playmaking center

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
75
Draft Team: 
Dynamo (VHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
09/28/2017
Contract Type: 
Entry-level w/slide
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$778 333
Contract Start Year: 
2019
Contract End Year: 
2022
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$792 500
Salary: 
$792 500
Salary: 
$750 000

Bio

Comment: 
expected to be returned to Sudbury for 2018-19 with ELC slide
Awards: 

2015-16

  • U17 WHC Silver Medal


2016-17

  • U18 WJC Bronze Medal
  • VHL Champion

History: 

Began in Spartak Moscow's youth program before joining Moscow Dynamo's program in 2014-2015 for U16 and U17 before moving again to MHK MVD's MHL program midway through the 2015-2016 season. Split the 2016-2017 campaign between KHK MVD's MHL and VHL team. Won a championship with KHK MVD's VHL side, Dynamo Balashikha. A mainstay of the Russian junior program, he won a Silver Medal at the U17 WJC in 2015-2016 and a U18 WJC Bronze Medal with the program in 2016-2017. Was also drafted by Barrie in the first round of the 2016 CHL Import Draft.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Not flashy, but a very solid two-way performer." - Red Line Report

Strengths: 

Smart, high-IQ two-way player who plays a complete 200 foot game. Good skater with the above average skill-set you might expect from a classic Russian forward. Can play both center and wing effectively, giving his club some versatility.

Weaknesses: 

Somewhat undersized, and needs to grow and get stronger. As a consequence, can play a little bit of a soft, perimeter game at times.

Projection: 

Versatile third line forward who can spot on the second line. Comparable is Nick Bonino.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Dynamo Moskva U16Russia U1633 21 2849 12|        
  Dynamo Moskva U16Russia U16 Finals6 3 69 2|        
  Russia U16 (all)International-Jr7 2 35 16|        
 2015-2016 Dynamo Moskva U17Russia U1718 2 1214 39|        
  MHK Dynamo MoskvaMHL32 3 58 16|        
  Russia U17WHC-176 2 24 4|        
  Russia U18WJC-185 1 23 0|        
 2016-2017 Russia U18Hlinka Memorial5 0 55 0|        
  Dynamo BalashikhaVHL21 3 58 8|Playoffs6 0 33
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19|WJAC-194 4 48 0|        
  MHK Dynamo MoskvaMHL11 0 33 6|        
  Russia U18WJC-187 0 33 0|        
 2017-2018 Barrie ColtsOHL35 11 1930 10|        
  Sudbury WolvesOHL20 3 69 10|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL10 0 33 4|        
  Russian Selects U20Jr Super Series2 0 22 0|        
  Russia U20 (all)International-Jr4 0 22 4|        
 2018-2019 Sudbury WolvesOHL- - -- -|        

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Nick Perbix

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.04
Weight: 
194
Born: 
06/15/1998
Age: 
20
Hometown: 
Elk River, MN
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#169) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Omaha (USHL)
Projects As: 
Right-handed defense with size

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
6
Pick No.: 
169
Draft Team: 
Elk River (USHS)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
committed to St. Cloud State for 2018-19 season

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Elk River HighUSHS-MN23 0 33 2|Playoffs3 0 00
 2014-2015 Elk River HighUSHS-MN23 0 33 0|Playoffs3 0 22
 2015-2016 Elk River HighUSHS-MN25 5 1722 10|Playoffs2 1 34
 2016-2017 Sections 4&7 Seniors USHS-MN3 1 01 0|        
  Team NorthwestUSHS-MN21 3 1013 6|      2
  Elk River HighUSHS-MN25 10 3040 6|Playoffs2 2 57
 2017-2018 Omaha LancersUSHL56 4 2529 38|Playoffs4 0 22 14 
  USA U19WJAC-195 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 St. Cloud State Univ.NCAA- - -- -|        

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Cole Guttman

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
5.10
Weight: 
163
Born: 
04/06/1999
Age: 
19
Hometown: 
Northridge, CA
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 6 (#180) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Dubuque (USHL)
Projects As: 
High character pivot that produces points

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
6
Pick No.: 
180
Draft Team: 
Dubuque (USHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
committed to Univ of Denver for 2018-19 season
Awards: 

Season Year A

  • Insert Award Here.


Season Year B

  • Insert Award Here.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Western Selects Brick Invitational5 2 46 6|Playoffs1 1 01
 2011-2012 Los Angeles Jr. Kings QC Int PW7 9 615 6|        
 2013-2014 Los Angeles Jr. Kings Bantam AAABantam4 1 12 17|        
 2014-2015 Team Blue USA-S155 2 57 -|        
  Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16T1EHL U1624 9 1625 16|Playoffs4 0 33 14 
 2015-2016 Team Black USA-S165 3 58 0|        
  Los Angeles Jr. Kings U16T1EHL U1630 24 2448 34|Playoffs4 3 25
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL3 0 00 0|        
  U.S. National U17 TeamUSDP3 0 00 0|        
  Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL2 0 11 0|Playoffs8 0 00
 2016-2017 Team Grey USA-S175 3 25 -|        
  Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL53 27 2754 18|Playoffs6 1 34
 2017-2018 Dubuque Fighting SaintsUSHL17 6 511 21|        
  USA U19WJAC-195 1 01 0|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of DenverNCAA- - -- -|        

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Sammy Walker

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Right Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
5.09
Weight: 
150
Born: 
06/07/1999
Age: 
19
Hometown: 
Minneapolis, MN
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 7 (#200) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Sioux City (USHL)
Projects As: 
Long-term project center with speed and skill

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2017
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
7
Pick No.: 
200
Draft Team: 
Edina High (USHS)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Unsigned

Bio

Comment: 
committed to Univ of Minnesota for 2018-19 season
Awards: 

Season Year A

  • Insert Award Here.


Season Year B

  • Insert Award Here.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Team Grey USA-S155 2 46 -|        
  Edina HighUSHS-MN25 3 36 6|Playoffs2 2 13
  Edina HighMN State3 0 00 2|        
 2015-2016 Team Kelly USA-S165 5 38 0|        
  Team Southwest USHS-MN21 10 414 20|        
  Edina HighUSHS-MN25 19 1837 14|Playoffs2 0 11
 2016-2017 Team Royal USA-S175 2 24 -|        
  Team Southwest USHS-MN20 9 1625 18|      5
  Edina HighUSHS-MN25 22 2446 6|Playoffs3 2 46
  Lincoln StarsUSHL4 0 00 6|        
 2017-2018 Sioux City MusketeersUSHL17 2 79 4|        
  Team Southwest UMHSEHL20 16 2541 14|Playoffs3 3 47
  Edina HighUSHS-MN25 28 3058 12|Playoffs3 4 610
  Edina HighMN State3 3 811 0|        
 2018-2019 Univ. of MinnesotaNCAA- - -- -|        

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Jones, Blair

AHL Game Night 3/7: Devils at Admirals

Ahhhh, so that's what a team playing like it has some pride looks like.

LOW-1
NOR-2

Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 27 shots for the win to even his season record at 7-7-0. His .934 save percentage is gaudy.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Jones, (16) (Konopka, Lundin), 2:23 (PP)
LOW Bergfors, (16) (Magnan), 12:18
NOR Keller, (14) (Jones, Potulny), 17:06 (PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Blair Jones, Helenius, and Justin Keller were the game's three stars.

Jones has 5 goals and 6 points over the past 3 games and over the past 10 games he has 6 goals and 12 points. Keller is now 1 goal shy of his AHL career best and over the past 18 games he has 9 goals and 18 points. Both players are in the final years of their entry level deals and are playing to prove they have some sort of future in the organization. Lately, they've played well enough that, in my mind, they've earned a few games at the NHL level to show management what they can do against the big boys. Jones, in particular, is a guy who I think can compete at the next level if he approaches the game the right way.

The Admirals move back to 4 games under .500 for the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/6: Devils at Admirals

Devils can't keep up with the Joneses.

LOW-1
NOR-4

Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the win. He improves his record to 6-7-0 on the season with a 2.27 GAA, 1 shutout, and a .932 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Jones, (14) (Boyle), 7:16
LOW Vasyunov, (12) (Eckford), 17:42

Second Period
NOR Keller, (13) (Henley, Konopka), 7:27
NOR Jones, (15) (Smolenak, Hooton), 15:56

Third Period
NOR Lundin, (4) (Simek, Quick), 2:15

Blair Jones, Helenius, and Mike Lundin were named the game's three stars.

Jones sets new career highs in goals (15) and points (43) in 12 less games than he played in his previous career season last year. He has 4 goals in his last 2 games and he and Juraj Simek appear to be the beneficiaries of the recent callups and injuries that have redistributed ice time.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/4: Admirals at Phantoms

Shorthanded Admirals lose a heartbreaker.

NOR-3
PHI-4

Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Mihalik, Quick), 1:36
PHI Kane, (12) (Nodl, Ross), 4:10
PHI Laliberte, (18) (Maroon, Matsumoto), 8:14 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Jones, (13) (Wishart, Smolenak), 4:58
PHI Sirianni, (4) , 6:07

Third Period
NOR Smolenak, (18) (Ward, Bochenski), 0:29
PHI Matsumoto, (22) (Maroon, Kukkonen), 15:10 (PP)

Blair Jones was the game's second star.

Norfolk again was forced to sign rentals from the local ECHL club in order to fill out their roster. Tonight, it was a trio of players from the Reading Royals who got to be Admirals for a game.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/21: Bears at Admirals

Ugh.

HER-6
NOR-2

Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 34 shots in the loss, as he continues to blow a golden opportunity to earn a steady NHL paycheck.

First Period
HER Mink, (16) (Aucoin, Arsene), 16:37
HER McNeill, (2) (Laing, Wilson), 17:24
HER Wilson, (18) (Arsene, Gordon), 19:58

Second Period
NOR Potulny, (7) (Rosehill, Jones), 3:02
NOR Jones, (9) (Potulny, Rosehill), 6:23
HER Aucoin, (16) (Giroux, Lepisto), 9:35 (PP)

Third Period
HER Bourque, (9) (Joudrey, Arsene), 6:01
HER Wilson, (19) (Laing, McNeill), 9:26

Blair Jones now has 3 goals and 5 points in the last 4 games. I really think that Jones could fit well in Rick Tocchet's system. He's actually on pace to best last year's totals by roughly 10 points, which is pretty darn good considering he's gotten less ice time on a deeper Norfolk team this year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/17: Sharks at Admirals

Massive choke.

WOR-6
NOR-5 (OT)

Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 44 shots in the overtime loss.

First Period
WOR Traverse, (3) , 0:34
NOR Kearns, (10) (Boyle, Smolenak), 1:55
NOR Jones, (7) (Keller, Kearns), 4:39
NOR Gratton, (3) (Keller), 15:23
NOR Jones, (8) (Kearns, Mihalik), 17:09
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Bochenski, Potulny), 18:19

Second Period
WOR Armstrong, (16) (Zalewski, Traverse), 0:14
WOR Vesce, (13) (Kaspar, Westgarth), 17:37 (SH)
WOR McGinn, (9) (Demers, Moore), 18:53 (PP)

Third Period
WOR Demers, (2) (Traverse, Armstrong), 8:36 (PP)

Overtime
WOR Vesce, (14) (Moore, Fornataro), 3:04

That's a 5-1 lead choked away. A total team failure. And that's two points in two nights that the Admirals left on the table, which right now is the difference between being 9 points out of the last playoff spot and 11 points.

Lots of Admirals returned to the lineup this weekend from injury. Andy Rogers was -3 in his first game back in a month. Brandon Segal returned after about three weeks out and earned a penalty shot in the third that probably could've iced the victory, but could not convert. Juraj Simek played in his second game since a layoff of over a month.

Bracken Kearns and Blair Jones were the game's second and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/12: Sound Tigers at Admirals

It won't be long until guys like Segal and Jones get their shots in Tampa too.

BRI-2
NOR-3

Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 33 shots in the win.

First Period
NOR Segal, (11) (Downie, Rosehill), 5:04
NOR Potulny, (4) (Kearns, Segal), 18:27
BRI Bentivoglio, (4) (Colliton, Callahan), 18:51

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BRI McLean, (7) (Iggulden), 0:30
NOR Jones, (6) (Segal, Downie), 6:29 (PP)

Brandon Segal helped make sure Bridgeport was On Deadly Ground at The Scope, as he was named the game's first star. Blair Jones was named the game's second star with his power play game winning goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/2: Admirals at River Rats

Ramo responds... sort of.

NOR-2
ALB-3 (SO)

Karri Ramo only allowed 2 goals on 37 shots in the game before allowing 4 of 8 shooters to tally for the shootout loss.

First Period
ALB Blanchard, (4) (Rodney, Flood), 11:42 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Bochenski), 9:42
ALB Chaput, (3) (Petruzalek, Ryan), 11:51

Third Period
NOR Jones, (5) , 5:47

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- Bochenski, Konopka, Heward
ALB- Ryan, Chaput, Rodney (x2)

Blair Jones was named the game's second star.

Ramo got back in after sitting the last game and living under the threat of a Riku Helenius recall, so his play in regulation and overtime was a reasonably encouraging response. He's still struggling in shootouts, but he and the Admirals did manage to get eight shooters deep into the extra session. Baby steps, I suppose. In any event, I hope this is the beginning of a run similar to what Ramo did in Tampa late last season when John Tortorella publicly embarassed Karri. I suspect Admirals GM Mike Butters would be more than happy if Ramo, to paraphrase the immortal Vaclav Prospal, "stuck it up his butt" and started a hot streak here. Knock on wood.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night 12/2: Lightning at Flyers

Wow. Radek Smolenak.

TB-3
PHI-4 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
02:58 PHI Carter (17), (Timonen, Lupul)(PP)
11:50 TB Recchi (6), (Jokinen, Prospal)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
00:36 PHI Richards (9), (unassisted)(SH)
04:36 PHI Carter (18), (Hartnell, Lupul)(PP)
04:57 TB Prospal (5), (St. Louis, Eminger)(PP)
15:25 TB Downie (1), (Smolenak, Stamkos)

Overtime
02:05 PHI Richards (10), (Timonen, Carter)(PP)

Steve Downie was named the third star of the game. He was the the fourth most impressive prospect the Lightning had in the game, to me, but ok. I get it. He's a former Flyer.

I was really impressed with the two callups, particularly Smolenak. I wish there had been more 5-on-5 play in the game so he could have played more. I really liked the energy he had on a line with Artyukhin before R2 got nicked on a boarding major from Scotty Upshall in the first period. Obviously, you can see the flaw in Smolenak's game: he's not a speed merchant. But, you know, there was no fear in the young man. Sometimes these callups get into these games and they act like they're afraid to get a puckmark on their tape because maybe NHL tape is expensive, or something. Not Smolenak. First shift he gets the puck down low and makes a power move to get a shot off from the angle. Third or fourth shift he fights Aaron Asham. Third period he's out there battling down low again and getting off a hard shot from the angle to try to tie up the game. And he gets rewarded with the assist on the tying goal as one of his long slappers generates a rebound for Downie to send the game to OT. That's probably the best NHL debut we've seen from a player since Paul Ranger came up a few games into 2005-2006. Honestly, if he keeps playing like that, one of these old fogies is out of a job.

Paul Szczechura, very quietly, played some big minutes in this game both at even strength and on the penalty kill. And, you know, that's high praise if you're an NHL rookie in your first game and the coach puts you out there on the PK. It shows the kind of intelligence Szczechura has, and I'm not surprised Tocchet instantly started leaning on the young man. He's just one of those guys who is a coach's dream. I don't think his scoring really projects to the NHL level, and you can see he's still maybe a quarter step slow, but he can outthink 95% of the players he's going up against, and that means he'll have a solid NHL career.

Bottom line, the Norfolk kids did good tonight, and I loved the energy the new blood brought to the table. And, you know, there's other kids down there knocking on the door like Brandon Segal,Matt Smaby, and Blair Jones. I think it's time to get some of the AARP members out of Tampa and mix some youth and enthusiasm into the team, especially on the forward lines.

Steve Downie had 1 goal and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 10:43.

Paul Szczechura had 3 shots and was 30% on draws in 15:16.

Radek Smolenak had an assist and was +1 with a fighting major, and a game high 6 shots on goal in 9:45. And he gets a gold star from me.

Steven Stamkos had 1 assist, 4 shots, and was 60% on draws in 16:47.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/28: Penguins at Admirals

It was an inexplicably passive third period.

WBS-4
NOR-3

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Thomas, (2) (Letestu, Richmond), 16:12 (PP)
NOR Boyle, (2) (Simek, Kearns), 19:39

Second Period
WBS James, (7) (Jeffrey), 12:59 (SH)
NOR Jones, (4) (Konopka, Bochenski), 19:16 (PP)

Third Period
WBS James, (8) (Lovejoy, Caputi), 10:57
WBS Taffe, (12) (Caputi, Wallace), 16:35
NOR Bochenski, (8) (Konopka, Potulny), 19:31

Brandon Bochenski was named the game's second star.

I'm absolutely flabbergasted. Norfolk played 40 minutes of very solid hockey only to come out flat as a pancake in the final period to take the loss. It's a tough one to take. Maybe it was expecting too much considering the team had 4 players called up, but they played so well in the first couple of periods its shocking how badly they got rolled in the third.

Blair Jones extended his point streak to 4 games with a power play goal. Jones, a righty shot, is once again being used on the point on the power play as he has been from time to time in his professional career, and the Admirals seem to be running a lot of their PP set pieces through Jones and his ever improving point shot. His goal tonight came with Vladimir Mihalik being used in front of the net as a king-sized screen.

Norfolk squares off with the Penguins again tomorrow night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/26: Falcons at Admirals

Raise your hand if you like offense.

SPR-4
NOR-6

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in the win.

First Period
NOR Jones, (3) (Jackson, Simek), 1:46
SPR Brule, (8) (Bisaillon, Trukhno), 7:06 (PP)
NOR Potulny, (1) (Jones, Konopka), 16:46 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (6) (Hutchinson, Jones), 0:49 (PP)
SPR Trukhno, (2) (Wild, Schremp), 3:11 (PP)
NOR Smaby, (1) (Szczechura, Segal), 18:44

Third Period
SPR McDonald, (3) (Schremp, Paukovich), 1:36
NOR Smolenak, (8) (Konopka, Segal), 2:18
NOR Bochenski, (7) (Potulny, Konopka), 8:30
SPR Roy, (1) (Bina, Brule), 15:30 (PP)

Brandon Bochenski, newcomer Grant Potulny, and Zenon Konopka were the game's three stars.

Blair Jones had a three point night as he is riding a mini hot streak with 6 points in the last 3 games. He has 13 points in 20 games now and he's on a pace to put up a career best season in points despite playing less minutes than he was last season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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