Tonight is a pretty special night for the staff here at Bolt Prospects. Tonight marked the 41st decision of the NHL career of Karri Ramo. It was also the 41st game of the season for Matt Smaby. Both are milestones for graduation from prospect status here at Bolt Prospects. Both young men are now considered NHLers in our eyes.
It's somewhat fitting that these two players should graduate on the same night. There have only been four players who have ever held the title of top rated prospect on this site. Smaby was the first when we debuted the rankings at the start of the 2005-2006 season. He held the title shortly for half a season before giving way to his teammate Ramo, who was standing on his head as a rookie for Springfield in the AHL. Ramo held the top spot before giving way to top draft pick Steven Stamkos, who graduated from prospect status earlier this season. Steve Downie earned the top spot in our Midterm Rankings shortly after Stamkos' graduation.
The American Hockey Leagueâ€™s Board of Governors has unanimously voted to uphold the League suspension levied against Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and Norfolk Admirals right wing Steve Downie last week. The Board convened via conference call this afternoon to hear the Admiralsâ€™ appeal.
Downie was suspended for twenty (20) games on Mar. 5 under the provisions of AHL Rule 41.2 for deliberately striking an official with his stick during a Feb. 28 game at Hershey.
The Norfolk Admirals have released a media advisory stating that the club has filed an appeal of the 20 game suspension against winger Steve Downie and that the team will have no further comment regarding the Downie situation until the appeal is addressed.
More on this story as it develops...
The American Hockey League today announced that Norfolk Admirals right wing Steve Downie has been suspended for twenty (20) regular-season games as a result of his actions in a game at Hershey on Feb. 28.
At the 19:48 mark of the third period, Downie was assessed a game misconduct under the provisions of AHL Rule 41.2 for deliberately striking an official with his stick.
Downie has already served three games of the suspension. He is scheduled to be eligible to return to the Norfolk lineup on Apr. 11. (John Wright photo)
Damian Crisdotero of the St. Pete Times is reporting that the AHL has suspended RW Steve Downie indefinitely for abuse of officials. Downie was ejected from the Hershey game last night for intentionally slashing a linesman in the shin on a faceoff. Norfolk GM Mike Butters defended the young forward claiming that Downie was merely trying to hit the stick of the opposing centerman in the faceoff circle, and that it was unclear to him based on replays if Downie even hit the official at all on the play. The league will review the incident, but is unlikely to address the situation until Tuesday.