Milan, Daniel

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-24-12

Victoriaville Tigres 9 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (holding), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 43 PIM
With Victoriaville: 11 GP, 1-1-2, E, 12 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 2-1-3, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-20-25, -3, 34 PIM

The CHL’s main site didn’t list any Tuesday games on their front page so this slipped through the cracks. It’s a shame because we nearly missed Milan’s first goal of the year. He had 14 last season as a rookie with Moncton and hadn’t scored since last year’s playoffs. Janosik had two goals and an assist in the most productive (statistically) game of his QMJHL career.

Here is Janosik's first goal of the game:

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North American Juniors Game Night: 1-25-12

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 0 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 43 PIM
With Victoriaville: 11 GP, 1-1-2, E, 12 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Milan played against his former defensive partner, Coyotes first rounder Brandon Gormley, who was traded from Moncton to Shawinigan after the World Junior tournament earlier this month. Gormley had an assist in the game for the Cataractes. Maligned Islanders draft pick Kirill Kabanov had two assists for Shawinigan.

OHL

Kitchener Rangers 8 @ London Knights 3

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 17-36-53, +12, 38 PIM

Kitchener embarrassed their division rivals and Namestnikov (pictured) on Wednesday night, 8-3. Namestnikov was stripped of the puck while on the power play early, leading to the first Rangers goal. Former Lightning camper Seth Griffith had two goals (33, 34) for London, who outshot Kitchener 48-35. Namestnikov’s minus-3 rating tied a career worst for the Lightning’s 2011 first rounder, set last January 28 in a 6-4 loss to Erie. London is now “only” eight points up on Kitchener for first in the Midwest Division.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-15-12

QMJHL

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 8

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 40 GP, 0-6-6, -13, 35 PIM
With Victoriaville: 7 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

The Tigres built a snowman on the scoreboard at home on Sunday with an 8-1 win over the Drakkar. Brandon Hynes (undrafted) had four goals and an assist for Victoriaville. He was a Lightning camper and member of the Bolts' Traverse City team in 2010. Milan’s scoreless and shotless streak reached five games.

OHL

London Knights 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1 E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 39 GP, 17-33-50, +14, 38 PIM

Namestnikov extended his point streak to four games with an assist Sunday in the Soo against USA World Juniors goaltender Jack Campbell (Stars). London scored twice on the power play and twice shorthanded – including a penalty shot by Ryan Rupert (2012). Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a goal and two assists for First Star honors. The story has been told many times, but once again the Bolts let Griffith go back to London after the south Florida rookie tournament and before Lightning training camp started. He was listed on the official Lightning camp roster. Griffith exploded this year and one London media member told me he is “the real deal.” If the Lightning are to get him in camp next year, they’ll have to draft him as Griffith will enter the NHL draft for a second straight year. He went undrafted in 2011. That won't happen again. Griffith is fourth in the league with 61 points (32 goals) in 42 games. Namestnikov is tied for 13th. Griffith is second in goals and his linemate, Namestnikov, is fifth in assists.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 0-11-11, +1, 20 PIM
With Oshawa: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch is still looking for his first point in an Oshawa uniform.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-13-12

USHL

Fargo Force 8 @ Tri-City Storm 1

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 9 saves on 12 shots in 9:50
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 9 GP, 3-6-0, 3.54 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox took the loss in another snowman game – his second in a row. He didn’t survive the whole game in either contest. The University of Minnesota commit had won two in a row prior to the two 8-1 losses. Tri-City was outshot 47-24 at home in the loss.

QMJHL

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 4 (SO)

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 33 GP, 3-18-21, -2, 29 PIM

Janosik (pictured) had his third point in as many games Friday. He has a goal and two assists in that time span.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 6

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (hooking, delay of game), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 39 GP, 0-6-6, -13, 35 PIM
With Victoriaville: 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

The Tigres built on their big win over Quebec Thursday night with a home win Friday night against Val-d’Or. Milan hasn’t had a shot on goal in four games. Stefan Fournier (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Tigres Friday.

OHL

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ London Knights 1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1 E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 37 GP, 17-30-47, +13, 36 PIM

Namestnikov had an assist on Tommy Hughes’ first OHL goal, but London was shocked at home 4-1 to Kingston. With the OHL trade deadline come and gone, the Knights loaded up with skill and have a very good shot at not only winning the OHL title, but the Memorial Cup. Of course, despite all that talent they were beaten at home and the one guy who scored was a defenseman who’s never scored before. London did outshoot Kingston 50-22 in the game. World Juniors veteran Igor Bobkov (Ducks) – who played for London last season – stopped 49 shots for the Frontenacs.

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3 (OT)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-11-11, +1, 20 PIM
With Oshawa: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Oshawa avenged a 6-2 loss to Brampton in their last game with an overtime win Friday night. Andy Andreoff (Kings) scored the game winner, his 16th goal of the year.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-12-12

QMJHL

Victoriaville Tigres 6 @ Quebec Remparts 5

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 38 GP, 0-6-6, -13, 31 PIM
With Victoriaville: 5 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

The Tigres beat Quebec for the second time this month, this time 6-5 in Quebec City. Milan hasn’t registered a shot or hit in two games now with his new team. Quebec was playing without star forward Mikhail Grigorenko, who was injured in the World Junior Championships while playing for Russia. He is still expected to go top-2 in this summer’s draft.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-8-12

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6 (OT)

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 32 GP, 3-17-20, -3, 29 PIM

New Olympiques' captain Adam Janosik (pictured earned an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss Sunday. Gatineau underwent somewhat of a sell-off as they traded away both their captain and leading scorer. Janosik remains, which is somewhat confusing as this is likely his last year in major junior. Matthew Bissonette, a 6-4 undrafted center, had two goals and two assists for the Titan on Sunday, including the overtime winner. He has exploded this year for 33 goals and 68 points in 45 games. He is not related to the Coyotes’ Paul “BizNasty” Bissonette.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 37 GP, 0-6-6, -13, 31 PIM
With Victoriaville: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Michael Bournival, fresh off playing for Canada at the WJCs, had a goal and an assist to lead Memorial Cup host Shawinigan to a win in Victoriaville on Sunday. Bournival was drafted by Colorado but acquired by Montreal in a trade.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Brampton Battalion 6

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM
With Oshawa: 1 GP,
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch made his Oshawa debut Sunday after being traded by Owen Sound on Saturday as part of the Generals’ backline rebuilding process. He is wearing No.28 for Oshawa. Schemitsch will get a lot of looks from Lightning player development consultant Steve Thomas, whose son, Christian (Rangers) plays for the Gens. Christian Thomas scored his 18th goal of the season on Sunday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-7-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 4

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 8 GP, 3-5-0, 3.22 GAA, .909 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox sat after taking the loss in an 8-1 thrashing at the hands of Green Bay on Friday night. Phoenix Copley stopped 25 of 29 Saturday in a loss to Cedar Rapids Saturday.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ PEI Rocket 1

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 31 GP, 3-16-19, -1, 27 PIM

Janosik (pictured) broke a 12-game goalless drought by notching his third of the season Saturday on the island. The Rocket are coached by former Lightning tough guy Gordie Dwyer.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4 @ Victoriaville Tigres 3

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 36 GP, 0-6-6, -13, 31 PIM
With Victoriaville: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Charles Hudon, one of the Q’s top 2012 draft eligible forwards, had a hat trick for the Sags on Saturday in Victoriaville. Hudon, a center, is undersized at 5’8” 165 pounds. He has 46 points in 37 games for Chicoutimi.

OHL

London Knights 3 @ Barrie Colts 2

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (interference)
Season Totals: 36 GP, 17-29-46, +13, 34 PIM

Namestnikov has six points in his last three games after earning two assists Saturday in Barrie. Lightning camper Seth Griffith was First Star with a goal and an assist. Both earned assists on Tyler Ferry’s game winner, scored on the power play with under three minutes left in the third period. Canada WJC players Tanner Pearson (twice undrafted) and Mark Scheifele (Jets) combined for one point against London. Pearson leads the OHL in scoring despite missing a few weeks while with Team Canada. Griffith sits in fourth, 10 points behind Pearson.

OHL Trade

Lightning prospect defenseman Geoffrey Schemitsch was traded by defending OHL champion Owen Sound to Oshawa today for two players. Schemitsch has 11 assists in 27 games this season with the Attack. Oshawa (40 points) sits in fourth in the East Division, just four points out of second. Ottawa leads the East with 53 points.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-6-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Green Bay Gamblers 8

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 14 saves on 18 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 8 GP, 3-5-0, 3.22 GAA, .909 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Ouch. This was a big game for Wilcox, who was coming off a 34-save shutout and facing the team that traded him just a few weeks ago. Wilcox gave up two in the first period, then two quick ones early in the third to take the loss. He was pulled in favor of backup Phoenix Copley.

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-16-18, -1, 27 PIM

Janosik played his first game back with the Olympiques after serving as an alternate captain for Team Slovakia in the U20 World Junior Championships. Janosik, who led the team with six shots on goal Friday, and his team were throttled by a Moncton club who is in the process of selling off their most valuable pieces.

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand 2 (SO)

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 35 GP, 0-6-6, -13, 31 PIM
With Victoriaville: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Milan (pictured) played his second game in a Tigres uniform and earned his first point for Victoriaville in a 3-2 shootout win. Hopefully Milan, who has struggled this year offensively, uses this fresh start to get untracked.

OHL

London Knights 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 17-27-44, +13, 32 PIM

Namestnikov failed to register a point a game after he had four assists in a win over the Soo. Recently acquired center Gregg McKegg (Maple Leafs) had a goal and an assist for London. The Knights are stacked and poised for a long playoff run.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 4 (SO)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch has points in three of his last four games. He has four points in seven games since returning from injury. He remains on the trade block as the OHL trade deadline nears.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-4-12

QMJHL

Quebec Remparts @ Victoriaville Tigres 5 (OT)

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 0-5-5, -14, 31 PIM
With Victoriaville: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Milan made his Victoriaville debut, which ended up to be an overtime win for the Tigres over the league’s top team. Blackhawks 2011 first rounder Phillip Danault, who just signed an entry level contract with Chicago this week, scored the overtime winner. Victoriaville, who acquired Milan earlier this week from Moncton for two younger players, has revamped their backline and are still rumored to be after Moncton captain Brandon Gormley.

QMJHL Note: Lightning prospect Adam Janosik of Gatineau is with Team Slovakia at the U20 World Junior Championships in Alberta.

OHL

London Knights 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-4-4, +2, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 17-27-44, +12, 28 PIM

Namestnikov played his first game since being cut from Team Russia for what turned out to be a lower body injury that kept him out of the Knights’ next three games. He was named second star because former Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a goal and three assists for First Star. Griffith and Namestnikov continue to produce well together – something some Lightning fans would like to see in the future with the big club. This was the second four-assist game for Namestnikov in his last five contests.

Milan on the Move

If Lightning prospect Daniel Milan is going to turn his season around, it’s not going to be in a Moncton uniform.

The Lightning’s post-training camp free agent signee was traded by Moncton today to Victoriaville for two players, Danick Emond and Jacob Sweeney. The trade was listed on the QMJHL's official website.

Victoriaville is rumored to be after Moncton’s biggest prize, defenseman Brandon Gormley who is currently with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships.

A native of Michigan, Milan made the QMJHL all-rookie team last year after he scored 14 goals and 38 points in 68 games. This season he has just five assists in 33 games. He recently broke a personal 14-game scoreless streak.

Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman said after he signed Milan that he was signed for his defensive abilities and anything on offense is a bonus, though they probably didn’t envision Milan to slump this bad statistically.

Milan joins a Tigres team who is 11 points above Moncton in the league standings. With Shawinigan hosting the Memorial Cup this year, two QMJHL teams will get in the tournament, and Victoriaville is pushing for that honor.

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