Harju still riding high...
Sweden went 3-0-0 to capture the LG Games leg of the Euro Tour on Saturday.
Lightning prospect Johan Harju was a late addition to the team and had 1 goal in 3 games for the national team. His goal was an empty netter in a wild 6-4 win over the Czech Republic. Harju also had 2 penalty minutes in the tournament and was +1.
The exiled Radim Vrbata led the Czech Republic in scoring in the tournament with 2 goals and 3 points to go with an even rating in 3 games.
Janne Niskala suited up for Team Finland and was -1 in 3 games in the tournament.
Anton But was a late subtraction from Team Russia in the tournament.
A one game scoring explosion propels "Big Joe" to new heights...
Lauri Tukonen remained out of the lineup for Lukko with an injury. In his absence, the club went 1-1-0 this week.
Matias Sointu remains out with a major injury for Ilves Jr. A. In his absence, the club went 1-2-1 since the last update.
Radim Vrbata suits up for his third club this season...
Michal Sersen is out for Bratislava with a knee injury that will likely keep him out until the Slovakian playoffs. Sersen suffered damage to his meniscus that will require rehabilitation and the use of a knee brace before he can return to the ice. In his absence, Bratislava went 2-2 since the last update.
Some of the skater prospects start to pick it up in the KHL...
The Swedish newspaper the Norlandska Socialdemokraten is reporting (link in Swedish) that the Lightning have signaled their intention to sign Swedish sniper Johan Harju at the end of this season. Lulea GM Lars Bergstrom is quoted in the paper as being resigned to the fact that Harju and his teammate, Edmonton prospect Linus Omark, will be headed to North America next season. Harju, who was drafted by the Lightning in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has played much of this season at second line center for Lulea, but can also play left wing. The 22 year old, 6'3" 205 lbs forward is currently tied for 12th in the Elitserien in scoring with 20 goals and 34 points in 44 games. Those 20 goals are tied for 4th best in the league and his 9 power play goals are tied for 3rd best.
Hat tip to Sotnos from the message boards.
Harju pots his 20th goal of the season.