North American Juniors

Juniors Game Night: 9-27-14

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 3-0-3, +3, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 2 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 0 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point registered a natural hat trick late in the game for his first goals of the year in a blowout win over visiting Saskatoon. Undrafted Canadiens camper Tanner Eberle was first star with two goals. The Warriors had lost their first three games by a combined 18-3 score.

Juniors Game Night: 9-26-14

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto, who is expected to play a first line role this year with the Spits, did not play on Friday. He tweeted earlier in the day that he’d be a healthy scratch as he was just returned to the team from Tampa Bay. Super-prospect Connor McDavid (2015) had a goal, two assists, and was first star for the visiting Otters.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 7 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw’s newly named captain, Brayden Point (pictured), registered an assist in his first game of the season with Moose Jaw after spending the last few weeks with the Lightning. His Warriors were blown out at home, however, 7-1. Moose Jaw has been outscored 18-3 in their three games this year. They finished 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference last season.

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas made his season debut after being reassigned to the Hitmen from Tampa Bay earlier this week. He had hooking and holding minor penalties in the game. A mobile, two-way defender, the key to Thomas raising his point totals will be gaining power play time this season.

Juniors Game Night: 9-25-14

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin made his North American debut for the Petes and finished scoreless and minus-1. Kingston jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Peterborough started to claw back. Panthers third rounder Juho Lammikko had a goal and two assists for the Fronts, who are playing without Lightning prospect Henri Ikonen for the first time in two seasons.

Bolts Sign Blujus

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Dylan Blujus to a three-year entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Blujus, 20, skated in 55 games with the North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 season, collecting four goals and 30 points to go along with 56 penalty minutes. He led all Battalion defensemen for assists with 26. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman also skated in 22 playoff games for North Bay, posting four goals and 10 points. Blujus led all North Bay defensemen for playoff goals, with three of his four tallies coming on the man-advantage. He helped guide the Battalion to the OHL Championships against the Guelph Storm.

The Buffalo, New York native has played in 256 career OHL games over four seasons with Brampton and North Bay, amassing 17 goals and 119 points. He recorded a career-best plus-12 rating in 2013-14.

NA Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 5-9-14

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Guelph Storm 4
Storm win best-of-7 OHL Finals, 4-1

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 22 GP, 4-6-10, +1, 18 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Guelph clinched the 2014 OHL title with another come-from-behind victory, winning 4-3 in Game 5 to win the series, 4-1. North Bay, who had a one-goal lead going into the final minute of Game 3 before losing in regulation, held a 3-2 lead entering the final period. The Storm scored twice on 13 shots, including the championship-winner with 27 seconds left. Guelph will now move on to the Memorial Cup, hosted by nearby London.

North Bay’s elimination means Dylan Blujus’ junior career is likely over. The 2012 second rounder can be signed and play in the AHL next season for Syracuse. Blujus' right-handed shot is needed in the Tampa Bay organization. He projects as a defense-first defenseman with above-average skating ability.

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