Four On Their Way to Norfolk

(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Evan Oberg, as well as forwards Mike Angelidis, Trevor Smith and Pierre-Cedric Labrie to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, made his Lightning debut in his sixth recall last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, logging 1:21 in ice time with one hit. He was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. He has played in 25 AHL games this season with Norfolk and the San Antonio Rampage, recording two goals and eight points with a plus-3 rating. Oberg has played in 13 games with the Admirals, notching two goals and six points. He has played in 138 career AHL games with the Admirals, Rampage, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. Oberg has also skated in five career Calder Cup Playoff games, all with Manitoba during the 2009-10 season.

A native of Forestburg, Alberta, Oberg has played in five career NHL games with the Lightning and Vancouver Canucks. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Vancouver on April 10, 2009. Oberg was then acquired by Florida with the Canucks’ third-round choice in 2013 in exchange for Chris Higgins on February 28, 2011. Before joining the professional ranks he played at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Angelidis, 6-1, 200 pounds, made his NHL debut last night with Tampa Bay, scoring his first NHL goal on his first shot. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating in 4:01 of ice time. Angelidis has played in 38 games with the Admirals this season. He has registered 10 goals and 21 points this season with a plus-8 rating and 95 penalty minutes. At the time of his recall, Angelidis ranked fifth on Norfolk for goals, tied for sixth for plus/minus and seventh for points.

A native of Woodbridge, Ontario, Angelidis has played in 353 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Albany River Rats. Angelidis has also skated in 22 career Calder Cup Playoff Games, notching two goals and eight points.

Angelidis spent his junior career with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League, amassing 96 goals and 161 points in 284 games. He was undrafted and signed by the Carolina Hurricanes on July 27, 2006. The Lightning signed Angelidis as a free agent on August 3, 2010.

Labrie, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, was recalled to the Lightning on January 6 and played in seven games, recording one assist and 10 penalty minutes while averaging 4:57 in ice time. He made his NHL debut on January 7 against Montreal and recorded his first assist and point on January 21 at Phoenix. Labrie has appeared in 29 games for the Admirals this season, recording six goals and 19 points with a plus-17 rating and 63 penalty minutes.

A fifth-year professional, Labrie has appeared in 284 career AHL games between Norfolk, the Peoria Rivermen and the Manitoba Moose. In those games, he has scored 31 goals and 85 points with 483 penalty minutes.

An undrafted forward, Labrie was originally signed by the Vancouver Canucks on July 9, 2007. Vancouver traded him to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Yan Stastny on March 3, 2010.

Smith, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, played in four games with the Lightning after being recalled on January 16, recording two assists. He earned his first NHL helper on January 21 at Phoenix. While with Tampa Bay he was a plus-4 and averaged 7:54 in ice time. Smith has played in 39 games for the Admirals this season, recording 16 goals and 44 points. At the time of his recall he led all Norfolk skaters in points, was second for goals, assists and power-play goals with six, and was tied for second with a plus-17 rating. Smith has played in 321 career AHL games with Norfolk, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Syracuse Crunch and the Springfield Falcons. In those games, he has registered 108 goals and 236 points. He has also appeared in 10 career Calder Cup Playoff games, notching two goals and seven points.

A native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Smith has played in seven career NHL games, all with the New York Islanders during the 2008-09 season. He has one career goal. He was signed as a free agent by the Lightning on July 5, 2011. He was originally undrafted out of the University of New Hampshire where he was an All Hockey East first team and a Second Team All American.