North American Juniors

Lightning Announce Johnson Signing

Confirming reports out of eastern Washington this weekend, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of Spokane Chiefs center Tyler Johnson today.

Johnson signed a standard three-year entry-level contract.

At 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, he has appeared in 259 career games with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League during the previous four seasons, amassing 123 goals and 273 points. This season he has established career highs in goals with 48, assists with 58 and points 106 in 64 games. Johnson currently leads the Chiefs in goals, assists, power play goals (15) and shorthanded goals (6) while also ranking third on the squad with a plus-27 ranking. He has also skated in 40 career postseason games, all with Spokane, registering 13 goals and 24 points.

A native of Spokane, Washington, Johnson’s goal total is tied for the WHL lead, while he ranks fourth in assists and second in points among all WHL skaters. He also is seventh in power-play goals with 15 and second in power-play assists with 34. Johnson most recently led all WHL players in scoring through the month of February, picking up points in 10 of his 13 games played, all of which were multi-point nights, including four three-point games. He has also excelled in international competition, helping Team USA to the Gold Medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Canada, recording three goals and five points with a plus-4 rating in seven games.

Johnson went undrafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/6/11


Fargo Force 2 @ Team USA 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 18-29-47, +25, 24 PIM

Mullin was scoreless for the second straight game, but the Force got the win against the USA development team. At 60 points, Fargo is tied for third in the Western Conference with Sioux Falls, who has a game in hand on Fargo. The Force is one point out of second and five points out of first, but the teams in front of them, Omaha and Dubuque, have games in hand on Fargo. The Force have 11 games left in the season.


Montreal Juniors 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 53 GP, 11-27-38, +23, 28 PIM

Landry did not participate in the shootout, which was won 3-2 by the Foreurs. The Juniors have a four point lead on Drummondville for first in the TELUS West Division with five games to go.


Guelph Storm 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (SO)
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik remains out with a sprained ankle. He is expected to return this week. Guelph has clinched a playoff spot and is tied with London for seventh. The key will be to avoid top-seeded Owen Sound or Kitchener in the first round. The Storm has five games left.


Tri-City Americans 5 @ Vancouver Giants 1
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
With Tri-City: 25 GP, 13-21-34, +5, 43 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 29-32-61, -7, 87 PIM

Ashton is now within one goal of his career high for a season, set two years ago with Lethbridge in 70 games. He has already set career highs for assists and points. Sunday night Ashton scored once in the first period and again on the power play late in the third to give the Ams a big win in one of the WHL’s toughest barns. TC is clinched a playoff spot and currently sit in fourth in the West, comfortably ahead of Vancouver in fifth and well behind Spokane in third. TC has eight games left.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/5/11


Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Val-d'Or Foyeurs 2 (SO)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, Even, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: Season Totals: 56 GP, 7-21-28, +12, 30 PIM

Gatineau won the shootout 2-1 over Val-d'Or for the win.

Montréal Juniors 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 11-27-38, +23, 26 PIM

Montreal out shot Rouyn-Noranda 50-27 in the game. Huskies goaltender Robin Gusse made 49 saves for the win.


Peterborough Petes 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 4
D Geoffrey Schmitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM

G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress
With Attack: 11 GP, 7-2-0-0, 3.19 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season totals: 29 GP, 17-5-1-1, 3.29 GAA, .889 sv%, 1 SO

Owen Sound winger Mike Halmo had three assists as the Attack picked up the win over Peterborough.


Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Prince George Cougars 2
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 40-23-63, -3, 26 PIM

Connolly was held scoreless as Prince George dropped their second straight to Spokane in as many nights. Possible future Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson of Spokane, who has been reported to be signing a contract with the Lightning in the next day or two, had a goal Saturday for the Chiefs, his league-leading 48th.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS:0-1-1, +6, 0 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 3-17-20, +30, 131 PIM

Zahn had a huge night on the scoresheet in the plus/minus category finishing with a +6 for the game. Zahn now has a career high in points with 20, surpassing the 19 he recorded in 2007-2008.

Report: Lightning to Sign WHL's Leading Goal Scorer

SWX in eastern Washington is reporting Tyler Johnson, the Spokane Chiefs' leading scorer and WHL's leading goal scorer, will sign a three-year entry level contract with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning when the Chiefs return from their two-game weekend series in Prince George.

Johnson, who is listed at 5'9", is an undrafted center and a former Chiefs teammate of current Norfolk Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski. Johnson, Tokarski and the Chiefs won the Memorial Cup in 2008. Johnson was the MVP of the WHL playoffs that year while Tokarski was Memorial Cup MVP.

Johnson, who is a native of Spokane, represented the USA twice at World Juniors. He had five points in seven games in the 2010 tournament.

He camped with the Coyotes and Wild the last two summers.

Johnson's 105 points are good for second in the league, four points behind Linden Vey of Medicine Hat. He has 47 goals on the season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3/4/11


Fargo Force 1 @ Youngstown Phantoms 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (interference), 6 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 18-29-47, +25, 24 PIM

Mullin was on a hot streak with five points in his last two games before getting held off the scoresheet vs. Youngstown. He led the team with six shots on goal Friday.


Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 7-21-28, +12, 30 PIM

Philip-Michael Devos’ 44th goal of the year was the overtime winner for Gatineau. The undrafted Quebec native leads the Q in scoring with 104 points.


Erie Otters 5 @ Guelph Storm 4 (SO)
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: Did not play (injured – sprained ankle)
With Guelph: 22 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 34 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 26-29-55, -6, 67 PIM

Panik remains out with a sprained ankle. He is expected to return next week.


Everett Silvertips 2 @ Tri-City Americans 3 (OT)
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
With Tri-City: 24 GP, 11-20-31, +4, 43 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 53 GP, 27-31-58, -8, 87 PIM

Ashton’s 27th goal of the season gave the Ams an overtime win and gave the team a much-needed victory. Ashton has four points in his last two games.

Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Prince George Cougars 4
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 52 GP, 40-23-63, -3, 26 PIM

Connolly scored his 40th goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs held on for a 5-4 win in Prince George. Connolly, who has three goals in his last two games, is tied for fifth in the league in goals despite playing 10-11 fewer games than those above him. Spokane’s Tyler Johnson (undrafted) leads with 47. Johnson had a goal Friday against the Cougars.

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 9
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 65 GP, 3-15-18, +24, 131 PIM

Zahn is within one point of his career high of 19 in a season, set in 2007-2008. Saskatoon has scored 30 goals in their past four games; 17 in their last two. Defenseman Stefan Elliott (Avalanche) scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season for the Blades.

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