Florida Everblades

ECHL Game Night: 2/9/11

Florida Everblades 4 @ Cincinnati Cyclones 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: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 9-8-17, -7, 23 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 38 saves on 40 shots
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-10-0-0, 2.93 GAA, .913 sv%, 0 SO

Janus made a successful return to the Everblades from the Norfolk Admirals, stopping 38 of 40 shots to help Florida beat Cincinnati 4-2. The Cyclones outshot the Blades 40-23 in the game. Hutchings now has points in three of his last four games. (Naples News photo)

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.

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