North American Juniors

North American Juniors Game Night: 10-30-11

QMJHL

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 5

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 13 PIM

Milan has only registered a point in one of his last 12 games – a two helper game October 21 vs. the Sags. He had 38 points as a rookie last season. One concerning stat is he has only 13 shots in 14 games. For a two-way defenseman, more is expected.

OHL

Sarnia Sting 2 @ London Knights 3 (SO)
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 16 GP, 9-10-19, +8, 14 PIM

Namestnikov had his three game multi-point streak and five game overall point streak snapped in a home win vs. Nail Yakubov (pictured) and Sarnia. Yakubov is expected to go first or second in next summer’s NHL entry draft. He has 34 points (12 goals) in 16 games so far this season to lead the OHL. Namestnikov is tied for 17th in the league in points. Namestnikov did not participate in the shootout as it was over after three shooters.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 5

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 0-5-5, -1, 12 PIM

Schemitsch had his modest two-game point streak snapped, but the Attack got their third straight win.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10-29-11

USHL

Green Bay Gamblers 4 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1

G Adam Wilcox, GB: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 3-1-0, 3.26 GAA, .885 sv%, 0 SO

Wilcox sat backup to Ryan McKay for the second night in a row. Green Bay is running with ECHL All-Star McKay (and rightly so), therefore Wilcox’s best chance for meaningful starts may be a trade. McKay was "supposed" to be at Miami-Ohio right now, but Miami's departing goaltender decided not to depart. The trickle-down effect has Wilcox watching games instead of backstopping one of the USHL's top teams.

QMJHL

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 6

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-9-9, -2, 13 PIM

Gatineau is starting to find their groove at home with two big wins in two nights. Janosik is scoreless in four of his last five games after notching an assist in four of the five games before this latest streak.

OHL

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 6

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM (holding, holding the stick)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-5-5, -1, 12 PIM

Schemitsch (pictured) has a two-game point streak. He has eight penalty minutes in those two games after coming into the weekend with just four on the year.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10-28-11

USHL

Green Bay Gamblers 4 @ Fargo Force 1

G Adam Wilcox, GB: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 3-1-0, 3.26 GAA, .885 sv%, 0 SO

After two straight starts last weekend, Wilcox sat backup to Ryan McKay, who stopped 26 of 27 shots in a road win over Fargo.

QMJHL

Drummondville Voltigeurs 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3

D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-9-9, -2, 11 PIM

The Volts thought they had a chance to get both Sean Couturier and Ondrej Palat back this season, but with Palat signed by the Lightning and Couturier now staying in Philadelphia with the Flyers, they won’t get either.

PEI Rocket 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -5, 13 PIM

Despite playing most of the year with Coyotes first rounder Brandon Gormley (12 points in 13 games) on the back line, Milan is having a slow start to the year statistically. Dane Phaneuf, brother of the Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf, had an assist for PEI in the game Friday.

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 3 (OT)

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (closing hand on puck, hooking)
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-4-4, -2, 8 PIM
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 9-10-19, +9, 14 PIM

In the first match-up of Lightning prospects in the OHL this season, Vladislav Namestnikov (pictured) set up two goals, including the overtime winner, as London beat Geoffrey Schemitsch and Owen Sound 3-2. Both of Namestnikov’s assists came on goals by Lightning prospect camp participant Seth Griffith. Namestnikov has three multi-point games in a row now, and a five game point streak overall.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10-25-11

OHL

London Knights 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 5 (SO)

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 10-7-17, +8, 14 PIM

Namestnikov scored twice in 31 seconds in the third period – the first of which was highlight reel material – to bring the Knights back from a 4-2 deficit to force overtime. After OT finished without a winner, Namestnikov was London’s last shooter and needed to convert to extend the shootout one more round, but did not score. He has four goals and five points in his last two games and seven points in his last four. He is on pace for 48 goals. Namestnikov scored 30 last season.

What's Best for Brett?

It’s here.

Game nine for Lightning prospect Brett Connolly is tonight against the Buffalo Sabres in New York. If he plays a tenth game for the Lightning, his entry level contract kicks in and the Lightning are on the hook for his full salary this year. He’s also one year closer to restricted free agency.

Their only other choice is to return Connolly to Prince George of the Western Hockey League (Major Junior). Because he is not yet 20 years of age, he can’t play in the development-friendly AHL with Norfolk.

So the question hovering over the heads of Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman and Head Coach Guy Boucher is “What to do with Connolly?”

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