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For Lightning Junior Prospects, The Season Begins Tonight

The QMJHL has been underway for some time and the OHL and WHL started their seasons last night, but tonight it will be the Lightning prospects' turns. In the OHL, Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound will take on Guelph, [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] and Mississauga will face [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] and Sudbury. Out west, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] and Swift Current will face off with Regina in their opener. Also, with [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] still in Lightning camp, his Prince George Cougars will start their season against Seattle.

Helenius Update

With Tuukka Rask holding a near monopoly on the goaltending position for Ilves at the SM-liiga, [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] appeared for the club's Junior A team on Wednesday beating Assat Jr. A 5-3. Helenius stopped 33 of 36 in the victory. It was the first action Helenius has seen since returning from playing for the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City.

Rowe Deciding on Immediate Future

According to the Johnstown [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i], forward Randy Rowe will decide on his immediate future this week. Rowe is in talks with as many as five NHL teams, including the Lightning. Rowe was under contract with Springfield last year, though he spent all but four games in Johnstown where, despite contending with an abdomen problem and a near season-ending neck injury, he still scored 28 goals and 43 points in 45 regular-season games with the Chiefs. He also had two goals and four points in five playoff games. “I’m definitely thinking about Tampa-Springfield-Johnstown again,” Rowe told the [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i]. “There was just a lot of talking with teams,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger. I just want to make sure I’m in the right place to get called up to an AHL team. Camps are starting Saturday and Sunday in the AHL. It’s one of those things that it’s your future and you’ve got to make sure you make the right decision.”

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Ilves defeated SaiPa today 3-2 in overtime behind a 20 save performance by Boston prospect Tuukka Rask. Lightning first round pick [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] is still waiting for his first playing time of the season.

Wednesday's Superleague Score

KHK MVD annihilated Chekhov 9-3 yesterday. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver in the match. [b]Superleague Prospect Stats As Of 9/21[/b] #67, Dimitri Kazionov, 6 GP, 1-2-3, 4 PIM, E #10, Anton But, St. Petersburg, 6 GP, 1-2-3, 4 PIM, -1 #57, Alexei Glukhov, Cherepovets, 6 GP, 0-1-1, 4 PIM, -4 #24, Albert Vishnyakov, Dynamo, 2 GP, 0-0-0, 2 PIM, E #71 [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url], Tver, 5 GP, 0-0-0, 4 PIM, +1 #76, [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url], 0-0-0, 12 PIM, E #81, [url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url], Khimik, 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, E #83, [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url], 4 GP, 2-1-1, 0 SO, 2.94 GAA, .907 sv% [i]NOTE: A scoring change in a match earlier this season took away an assist previously credited to Evgeny Artyukhin. Artyukhin is still looking for his first point in the league this season.[/i]
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