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BoltProspects 2010-2011 Midterm Prospect Rankings

As we start the stretch run of the 2010-2011 hockey season, BoltProspects is proud to announce its midterm rankings for the prospects of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

As is tradition, we will begin by reciting the rules of the rankings. Any skater prospect who was under 24 years of age on opening night of the Lightning's season and has played less than 41 NHL games in any single season and less than 82 career NHL games is eligible for the rankings. This excludes, for instance, winger Johan Harju, who turned 24 last May and is now considered an overage prospect, and Dana Tyrell, who has already played 52 games this season and is considered to be graduated from prospect status. For goaltenders, any netminder who has earned less than 30 NHL decisions in any single season and less than 41 career NHL decisions and was under 24 years of age on opening night is eligible for the rankings. That excludes Cedrick Desjardins, for instance, who turned 25 in September. The exception to these basic rules are NCAA based players, who are considered eligible prospects for the duration of their college careers regardless of age.

With the typical legal disclaimers out of the way, here are our 2010-2011 Midterm Rankings:

Janus Reassigned to ECHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Jaroslav Janus from the AHL's Norfolk Admirals to the ECHL’s Florida Everblades, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Janus, 6-foot-1, 189-pounds, made his first AHL appearance of 2010-11 last Thursday in Charlotte, stopping 22 of 29 shots in a 7-6 overtime setback to the Checkers. He has posted an 8-10-0-0 record in 20 games with the Everblades this season with a 2.98 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Janus, a 21-year-old native of Presov, Slovakia, appeared in 13 games for the Admirals last season, posting a 7-6-0 record with one shutout, a 2.07 GAA and .922 save percentage. He led Norfolk in goals-against average and save percentage in his first season of professional hockey.

ECHL Game Night: 2/5/11

Greenville Road Warriors 4 @ Florida Everblades 3 (SO)
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 9-7-16, -8, 23 PIM

Florida came into this all-important three game series with Greenville two points behind the Road Warriors for the division lead. After beating Greenville Wednesday, the Blades surrendered the final two games Friday and Saturday and with the point earned for a shootout loss Saturday, find themselves three points behind now. Former Barrie star Alex Hutchings had two goals for Florida, but it was his miss as Florida’s 12th shooter that enabled Greenville to get the extra point in the shootout. Hutchings had scored in the fourth round of the shootout, which tied the extra-extra session at one goal apiece. Greenville won the shootout 4-3 in 12 rounds. Florida had a 3-1 lead midway through the third period after Hutchings' goals, but Greenville scored 32 seconds later to make it 3-2, and tied it on the power play with five minutes remaining in regulation.

Of Note: With Mike Smith being assigned to AHL Norfolk by Tampa Bay, speculation is Jaroslav Janus will return to the Everblades shortly. No announcement has been made as of Saturday night.

ECHL Game Night: 2/4/11

Greenville Road Warriors 3 @ Florida Everblades 2
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-7-14, -10, 23 PIM

Greenville took Game 2 of a three-game set with Florida and took back their division lead from the Everblades. The Road Warriors scored twice in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win. Former Quinnipiac star Brandon Wong scored the game winning goal for Greenville with just under four minutes left in the game. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings was a team-worst minus-3 on the night. The teams will play again Saturday.

ECHL Game Night: 2/2/11

Greenville Road Warriors 2 @ Florida Everblades 5
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 7-7-14, -7, 21 PIM

Ross Carlson had a goal and two assists and Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings had an assist as the Everblades took Game 1 vs. division rival Greenville 5-2 Wednesday. The teams are in a three-game series this week/weekend and with the win, Florida pulled into a first-place tie with the Road Warriors. According to the Everblades, Hutchings tried to stuff the puck inside the left post, but had the puck roll free to the opposite post, where Bobby Raymond poked it in to open the game’s scoring. The teams will play again Friday and Saturday. Although they are currently tied at the top of the division, Greenville has a whopping five games in hand on Florida.

ECHL Game Night: 1/30/11

Florida Everblades 4 @ Toledo Walleye 8
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-6-13, -8, 19 PIM

Francis Lemieux had his third and the Blades’ seventh hat trick of the season, but it wasn’t enough for Florida to get the win in Toledo. The Walleye outscored Florida 5-1 in the third period. Newly signed Everblades goaltender Shane Owen, a teammate of Lightning prospects Jaroslav Janus in Erie and Mark Barberio in Moncton last year, was pulled in his first professional game after giving up five goals on 26 shots.

ECHL Game Night: 1/29/11

Florida Everblades 7 @ Toledo Walleye 3
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 7-6-13, -8, 19 PIM

Undrafted center Alexandre Imbeault had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Everblades to a 7-3 victory over Toledo Saturday. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings was scoreless for Florida.

ECHL Game Night: 1/28/11

Florida Everblades 0 @ Kalamzoo Wings 3
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for 3 months - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Justin Taylor)
Season totals: 26 GP, 7-6-13, -9, 19 PIM

Hutchings got in his first professional fight minutes after Kalamazoo scored to go up 2-0 in the third period. It was his first fight since January 30 of last year when he was with OHL Barrie. He came into the game with three points in two games since his return from injury.

ECHL Game Night: 1/22/11

Reading Royals 5 @ Florida Everblades 4
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for season - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 1-1-2, +2, 4 PIM (interference, roughing)
Season totals: 25 GP, 7-6-13, -9, 14 PIM

Reading won Game 3 of their three-game set with Florida, topping the Blades 5-4 Saturday night in a game the Hanson brothers would love. Late in the first period there was a brouhaha with players leaving the bench, spearing, and former Lightning prospect and Everblades captain Mike Egener being kicked out for deliberately attempting to injure a player. On the scoresheet, Alex Hutchings scored his first goal since his return from injury and is now up to three points in two games since he came back.

ECHL Game Night: 1/21/11

Reading Royals 3 @ Florida Everblades 4 (SO)
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (out for season - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-5-11, -11, 10 PIM

All three teams associated with the Lightning organization won in shootouts Friday night, with the Blades defeating Reading 4-3. Hutchings played in his first game since December 10th after suffering a lower body injury. He notched an assist in his return. Hutchings did not participate in the shootout.

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