Bolts Reassign Downie, Wishart, and Helenius

As the NHL All-Star Break begins, the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospects Steve Downie and Ty Wishart to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Admirals General Manager Mike Butters also announced today that prospect goaltender Riku Helenius has been reassigned from the Admirals to the ECHL's Mississippi Sea Wolves.

Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, appeared in four games with the Lightning after being recalled on January 14, scoring one goal and one assist with four penalty minutes. He scored a goal in his 50th career NHL game in last night's 5-3 victory for the Lightning over the Buffalo Sabres. On the season with the Lightning, Downie has two goals and one assist with 20 penalty minutes in 12 games. The 21-year-old has posted eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in just 18 games for Norfolk this season. He was named an AHL All-Star earlier this month.

Wishart, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, registered his first NHL point with an assist in last night's 5-3 win for the Lightning over the Sabres. It was his only game with the Lightning after being called up on Tuesday. Wishart has appeared in his first two career NHL games this season with Tampa Bay, registering one assist and an even plus-minus rating. The 20-year-old native of Comox, British Columbia, has played in 36 games with the Admirals this season, recording one goal and three points with a plus-2 rating. Wishart scored his first professional goal on December 19 against Albany.

Helenius, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound goaltender from Palkane, Finland, has appeared in one game with the Admirals this season. He made his AHL debut in relief on January 2 in Worcester, stopping 11 of 12 shots without receiving a decision. In 11 ECHL games this season, Helenius is 4-5-2 with a 3.80 GAA and .896 save percentage. He has gone 1-1-1 in three games with the Sea Wolves, posting a 3.53 GAA and .944 save percentage. The 20-year-old went 3-4-1 in his first eight games of North American professional hockey with the Augusta Lynx this season, recording his first Norfolk American pro win in his North American pro debut, stopping 44 of 46 shots on October 21 at Gwinnett.

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Steve Downie

I sure hope they bring Downie right back after the all-star break. The guy really has won me over. I had him pegged as just a thug but that is so wrong. He plays hard, hits hard and scores. what more cna the bolts ask for?

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