Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Vladivostok 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, No Decision, 9/12, 6.51 GAA, .750 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-2-1, 2 SO, 1.51 GAA, .942 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was lifted midway through Magnitogorsk's 4-3 loss to Vladivostok. Alexander Pechursky ended up taking the back door loss for Metallurg in relief. Ex-Coyotes second rounder Enver Lisin had a goal in the win for Vladivostok.
The Tampa Bay Lightning made a calculated risk on Wednesday when they exposed Richard Panik to waivers, potentially getting nothing in return for a player they developed and for whom they once had high hopes. Any hope of Panik reaching AHL Syracuse was squashed on Thursday when reports surfaced saying Panik was claimed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If Panik does reach his true potential as a top-6 power forward, it looks like it will be with a division rival. Panik will be constantly under a microscope in Toronto, however, so he may not have a choice but to be "on" every shift and every game. If he's not, look out.
If the Leafs choose later to end Panik's time with the club, he will be offered back to the Lightning (after more waivers). The door's not completely shut on a return, but there's not much light showing through it.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 Hits, 2 SOG, 7/16 FO
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy, Cape Breton’s leading scorer last season, had an assist in his season debut after being sent back to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League by AHL Syracuse this week. Darcy is one of four overagers (age 20) for the Eagles now as the club thought Darcy would be in the pros this year. All four are impact players, so decisions must be made in Sydney. As for Wednesday’s game, Sherbrooke scored with one second left in regulation to steal the win, 4-3.
Dinamo Riga 1 vs. Bratislava 4
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-2-2, 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .914 sv%
Former Penguins second rounder Matt Murley had a pair of goals to lead slovan to a 4-1 win over Riga. Jaroslav Janus sat backup to ex-Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in the win.
Sergeev is a bit of a surprise as he spent all of his rookie season last year in Syracuse. He's a righty puckmover who showed signs of improvement toward the end of last season. He was pushed out by AHL rookies Dylan Blujus and Jake Dotchin, both right-handed shots. Blujus is more of a puckmover than Dotchin, but Dotchin's game translates better to the pros than Sergeev and Dotchin was rewarded by the Lightning with a preseason game appearance this fall.