Lightning to Sign Top Swedish Prospect Harju

The Swedish newspaper the Norlandska Socialdemokraten is reporting (link in Swedish) that the Lightning have signaled their intention to sign Swedish sniper Johan Harju at the end of this season. Lulea GM Lars Bergstrom is quoted in the paper as being resigned to the fact that Harju and his teammate, Edmonton prospect Linus Omark, will be headed to North America next season. Harju, who was drafted by the Lightning in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has played much of this season at second line center for Lulea, but can also play left wing. The 22 year old, 6'3" 205 lbs forward is currently tied for 12th in the Elitserien in scoring with 20 goals and 34 points in 44 games. Those 20 goals are tied for 4th best in the league and his 9 power play goals are tied for 3rd best.

Hat tip to Sotnos from the message boards.

NCAA Game Night: 1/24

Massachusetts Minutemen 1 @ #7 Vermont Catamounts 1 OT
D John Wessbecker UMASS: 0-0-0, 1 SOG, -1
Season totals: 22GP, 0-4-4, 24 PIM, +9

F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, 2 SOG, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 16GP, 1-1-2, 10 PIM, +1

Vermont struggles on PP in second game of the weekend series going 0 for 5.

Elitserien Scores 1/12-1/24

Harju pots his 20th goal of the season.

Czech Extraliga Scores 1/11-1/23

Boleslav continues its quest to climb out of last place.

Finnish Jr. A Scores 1/11-1/23

Sointu is still out.

SM-liiga Scores 1/10-1/24

And Tukonen gets shelved as well...

Slovakian Extraliga Scores 1/9-1/18

The Lightning's blueline injury problems extend all the way to Slovakia, apparently.

KHL Scores 1/13-1/24

Other than a Koshechkin shutout, not much to see here. Full stats at the end of the post.

NCAA Game Night: 1/23

Massachusetts Minutemen 1 @ #7 Vermont Catamounts 2
D John Wessbecker UMASS: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 21GP, 0-4-4, 24 PIM, +10

F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15GP, 1-1-2, 8 PIM, +1

UMASS (10-11-2, 5-7-2 HEast) goes 0 for 8 on the PP. Vermont (14-5-3, 9-4-2 HEast), scores a shorty and a PP goal to take the first of the two game Hockey East match up in Burlington, VT.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/23

First stars for Tokarski and James Wright ... Cunti scores again ... Jung back on the winning side.

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