Janus, Jaroslav

KHL Game Day: 9-10-12

KHL
Nizhnekamsk 2 vs. Cherepovets 1 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 40/42, 1.92 GAA, .952 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 2.64 GAA, .920 sv%

Maxim Sokolov, who made 43 saves, was 1 save better than Vasily Koshechkin today in a goaltending duel. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a minor penalty in the match for Nizhnekamsk while former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov also had a minor penalty in the match for Cherepovets. Cherepovets gets CSKA next on Thursday.

CSKA 2 vs. Dynamo Riga 1
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 4:36 in CSKA's 2-1 win over Dynamo Riga. The forward had just 5 shifts in the match. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had a goal for Riga. CSKA gets Cherepovets next on Thursday.

Bratislava 2 vs. Spartak Moscow 1 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 23/24, 0.92 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 1.38 GAA, .944 sv%

Jaroslav Janus (pictured) turned away 23 shots and 2 of 3 shooters in the penalty shot session to lead Slovan to a 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had the winner in the shootout for Bratislava. Slovan also features former Lightning defensemen Vladimir Mihalik and Josef Boumedienne. Slovan plays Dynamo Minsk next on Thursday.

KHL Game Day: 9-8-12

KHL
Ufa 1 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 22/23, 1.01 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 3.02 GAA, .897 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nicklas Bergfors had a power play goal in Cherepovets' 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Lightning draft pick Alexei Glukhov assisted on Ufa's lone goal. Cherepovets faces Nizhnekamsk next on Monday.

CSKA 5 vs. Donetsk 3
Nikita Gusev, CSKA, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev (pictured) assisted on a Second Period goal and had 6:43 of ice time in CSKA's 5-3 win over Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Radulov had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for CSKA. They face Dynamo Riga next on Monday.

Bratislava 2 vs. Dynamo Riga 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Loss, 28/30, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 0 SO, 1.85 GAA, .933 sv%

Jaroslav Janus made 28 saves in his KHL debut, but allowed both shooters to convert in Bratislava's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Riga. Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory for Riga. Slovan Bratislava moves on to face Spartak Moscow on Monday.

MHL
Chelyabinsk Jr. 9 vs. Berdsk 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov was out of the lineup for the second straight game, and missed out on Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 9-1 pasting of Berdsk. The two teams face off again Sunday.

Janus Signs 2-year Agreement with KHL Club

Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy reports Lightning prospect goaltender Jaroslav Janus has signed a two-year contract with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League. Janus had been on a tryout agreement with the club.

Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed the 2-year contract with Janus' agent. The agent told Cristodero that Janus has an out clause next summer should he wish to return to North America.

The fourth-year pro went to Europe looking for a No.1 goaltending position after being nudged out of the Lightning's AHL plans when Tampa Bay signed goalies Anders Lindback and Riku Helenius. Lindback in Tampa with Mathieu Garon keeps Dustin Tokarski in the AHL and Helenius takes Janus' spot as Tokarski's tandem partner.

The Lightning encouraged Janus' move to Europe as it will give him the best chance for more playing time – which is exactly what he needs at this point in his development. The club made it clear they continue to view Janus, 22, as a legitimate NHL prospect. The Lightning are scheduled to get Garon off the books next year, opening up a possible spot for Helenius, Tokarski, or Janus.

KHL Game Day: 9-6-12

KHL
Kazan 5 vs. Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 30/35, 5.00 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, 0 SO, 5.00 GAA, .857 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin (pictured) got off to a rough start to his season allowing 5 goals to Ak Bars Kazan. Kazan got 1 goal and 1 assist in the win from ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen. Cherepovets draws Ufa on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Yaroslavl knocked off Novosibirsk 5-2 with Vitali Kolesnik between the pipes. Where does that leave Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus? Back to Slovan Bratislava? We shall see.

MHL
Chelyabinsk Jr. 1 vs. Novokuznetsk Jr. 0
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., DNP
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov did not appear in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 1-0 win over Novokuznetsk Jr. He also did not appear in Chelyabinsk's KHL team's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Chelyabinsk Jr. moves on to face Berdsk on Saturday.

Russian Regular Season Games Start Tomorrow

The European regular season will begin tomorrow, 9/1 with matches from the Russian junior league, the MHL, before the big boys start on Tuesday when Dynamo Moscow and Avangard Omsk square off in the KHL. For the Lightning's Russian prospects, their clubs' schedules for the next week are as follows:

MHL
9-1-12, Omsk Jr. vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-4-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)

9-5-12, Orenburg vs. Ufa Jr. (Vasilevski)
9-5-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-5-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

9-6-12, Chelyabinsk Jr. (Nesterov) vs. Novokuznetsk Jr.
9-6-12, Stupino vs. CSKA Jr. (Gusev)

KHL
9-6-12, Novosibirsk vs. Yaroslavl (Janus?)
9-6-12, Kazan vs. Cherepovets (Koshechkin)

Note that, as of right now, Nikita Gusev (pictured), Andrei Vasilevski, and Nikita Nesterov are currently listed on their respective clubs' MHL rosters, but are subject to potential call-up to the KHL throughout the year. Vasilevski looks to be locked into the MHL though, with Ufa's top club currently boasting veteran goaltender and former Canadiens draft pick Vadim Tarasov and ex-Syracuse Crunch netminder Iiro Tarkki.

Meanwhile, Yaroslavl may be the landing spot for goaltender Jaroslav Janus, according to reports out of Slovakia. Janus has been playing for KHL newcomer Bratislava during the preseason, but it appears he has been compelled to leave the Slovakian club by Yaroslavl, which holds his KHL draft rights, because the team is thin in net between inexperienced Nikita Lozkhin and their struggles to get Curtis Sanford in their lineup. So, Janus may even find himself playing on an emotional opening night for a Yaroslavl club he hasn't even played a preseason game behind. Recall a year ago that Yaroslavl's team perished in a tragic plane crash that led to the team pulling out of participating in the KHL last year.

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