North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 9-30-11

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 5 PIM

Janosik’s power play assist gave him three helpers in three games. Gatineau was down 3-0 by the mid-way point of the game and had to play catch-up all night.

Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Quebec Remparts 5

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Milan and the Wildcats played on the same rink the Lightning practiced on earlier in the day. Patrick Roy’s Remparts skated to an easy 5-1 win Friday night. Milan had his first point of the season in his second game. Moncton was already down 5-0 at the time, unfortunately. The Lightning are in Quebec City to play the Canadiens Saturday night.

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ London Knights 8

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

This is hard to understand. The Knights have scored eight goals in two of their three games this season, yet of those 16 goals, Namestnikov has only one assist toward the total. The good news for London is they’re getting it done without the first rounder’s offensive production. There’s enough talent around him that Namestnikov should have a big season. Finishing on the minus side of even in an 8-2 win is not going to help much. Second year player Ryan Rupert (2012) had a hatter for London.
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Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM

Schemitsch had an assist for the second straight game, but his Owen Sound Attack fell in a rematch of last year’s OHL championship won by the Attack. The Majors, last year’s Memorial Cup hosts, got the better of Owen Sound in the Cup tournament and finished runner-up to St. John last May. Leafs 2011 first rounder Stuart Percy had two goals for the Majors.

North American Juniors Game Night: 9-29-11

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hit
Last Season’s Totals: 68 GP, 14-24-38, -26, 76 PIM

Milan was plus-1 in the game, fresh off spending training camp with the Lightning. He was awarded for his good play at camp with an NHL contract that will kick in when he turns pro next season. Milan and Phoenix Coyote first rounder Brandon Gormley – who was thought to be a likely choice for the Lightning with their 2010 first rounder – both played for the first time in the game. Gormley had a goal. Shawinigan is the Memorial Cup hosts this season and is ranked No.7 in the country in the latest CHL MasterCard Top-10. Peter Sakaris (undrafted) had both goals for the Cataractes.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Barrie Colts 1 (SO)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Schemitsch earned a power play assist on the game tying goal scored early in the third period to help the Attack to a 2-1 shootout win over the home side, Barrie. Schemitsch did not participate in the shootout. Schemitsch had 40 points as an OHL rookie two years ago, but due to injuries and a different role, fell to 20 points last season.

Milan's Fortunes on Rise

Neil Hodge, Moncton Times & Transcript

It's really a remarkable story when you look at the big picture.

Daniel Milan cracked the Moncton Wildcats' roster on a free agent tryout and was named to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League All-Rookie Team last season. That earned him a free agent invitation to a National Hockey League training camp this season.

The 19-year-old defenceman impressed the Tampa Bay Lightning so much that last week they signed him to a three-year contract. He's back in Moncton now, but if he continues to develop as expected look for him to begin his professional career next season.

Camp, Cuts Part of the Process for Prospects

The Tampa Bay Lightning cut 27 players from its training camp roster Sunday, including 12 of the club’s prospects. Only prospects Mattias Ritola, Brett Connolly, and Scott Jackson remained with the club after the weekend.

“I’ve got to pay my dues to get up here and be a producing player,” Ritola said before cut-down day. “I've got to do the work first. I feel really excited to be here right now.”

Ritola spent time in Grand Rapids of the AHL two years ago and passed through waivers to get to AHL Norfolk last season. He’s still paying his dues and putting in the work to get to and stay in the NHL.

Other prospects are beginning that process, which starts with training camp.

The Lightning make its NHL training camp as beneficial as possible for prospects and does its best to keep in contact with them after cut-down day.

North American Juniors Game Night: 9-25-11

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 0 @ Victoriaville Tigres 8

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 5 PIM

Ouch. Victoriaville outshot Gatineau 20-3 in the first period while scoring three times. They outshot them again 17-9 in the second and scored four times. They put up the snowman in the third period despite being outshot 16-6. Janosik, who is wearing an A for Gatineau as an assistant captain, was minus-3, tied for second worst on the club. Yanni Gourde (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Tigres.

Q Note: On Sunday the Lightning assigned recently-signed prospect Daniel Milan to Moncton. Milan had 14 goals and 38 points last year as a rookie with the Wildcats. Milan will make his season debut on Friday.

OHL

London Knights 2 @ Guelph Storm 1 (SO)

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM

Namestnikov (pictured) scored his first of the year late in the second period on the power play, then added what turned out to be the shootout winner to lead London to a 2-1 win and 2-0 record on the young season. Seth Griffith, a member of the Lightning prospect team this summer, was the only other Knight to participate in the shootout, but he failed to convert his opportunity.

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