When the Lightning made Mike Egener their first pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, they projected him to be a physical, slick-skating defenseman who could one day be a team leader.
Now in his fourth professional season, that projection still rings true, but now with one major exception.
A position change.
With the Norfolk Admirals short on forwards to start the year due to four recent signees experiencing work visa issues, and a hoard of defensemen vying for coveted starting spots, it seemed like the perfect time for a career change of sorts for Egener. At Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster's request, Egener was moved up to the wing.
Johan Harju had a power play goal and six penalty minutes today in Lulea's 4-3 victory over Mora. "Big Joe" is tied for third in the Elitserien in goals with 6 in 9 games. His 3 power play goals is tied for second in the league.
Andreas Holmqvist had an assist and two penalty minutes in Frolunda's 5-0 win over Farjestads.
(Norfolk Admirals release)
Today, Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Jonathan Boutin to the Admirals from the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL). In addition, the Admirals have returned goaltender Morgan Cey on loan to the Sea Wolves.
CHL, BCHL stats for Lightning prospects as of October 14, 2007.
Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 (OT)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM
Fadden had two first period assists to help the â€˜Canes jump out to a 3-0 lead, but they would never score again as the Tigers scored 4 unanswered goals. Traverse City Lightning and Medicine Hat captain Daine Todd was 1-2-3 and First Star for the Tigers.
The Ads almost pulled off the upset.
Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss. The Admirals outshot the Falcons 29-21 in the game, the first time they've outshot an opponent this season.
NOR Hrdel, (1) (Jones, Kvapil), 19:17
SPR Nilsson, (1) (Bisaillon, Thoresen), 4:15
NOR Egener, (1) (Jones, Wanvig), 4:42
SPR Reddox, (3) (Berry, Smid), 6:09
SPR Nilsson, (2) (Thoresen, Rourke), 6:37
SPR Peckham, (1) (Bodie), 9:22 (PP)
NOR Jones, (1) (Wanvig, Egener), 10:32
Jonathan Boutin stopped 16 of 17 shots Saturday night as the Mississippi Sea Wolves completed their pre-season play 2-0 by dropping the Austin Ice Bats of the Central Hockey League by a score of 5-1.
The Sea Wolves open their 2007-2008 regular season on the road Oct 19 and 20 against the Florida Everblades.
Kamloops 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 25 saves on 26 shots, *First Star*
One night after Helenius earned Second Star honors, he gets the First Star for Seattle against Kamloops.
Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Spokane Chiefs 2
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Loss, 25 saves on 27 shots, *Third Star*
Even after a great week from Kristofer Westblom and no Sunday game, Jung got the start against the (pre-game) 5-1-1-1 Chiefs and nearly pulled off a win while earning Third Star honors. Jung had good numbers against the Chiefs last season.
Massachuettes -3 @ #12 St. Lawerence-1
Defensemen John Wessbecker picked up an assist on Chris Davis' third period shorthanded goal that put the Minutemen up by two at 4:11 into the period. Wessbecker finished a +2.
IceBreaker Invitational Championship- St. Paul, MN
#9 Michigan 3 - #6 Minnesota 4
Freshman Kevin Quick made his college debut tonight as the Wolverines dropped the four team tournament championship to Minnesota. Quick finished scoreless and a +1.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 14 of 15 shots as the Mississippi Sea Wolves fired 44 shots of their own enroute to a 3-1 pre-season win Friday evening against the Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League in North Richland Hills, TX.
The Sea Wolves continue ECHL vs. CHL pre-season action tonight on the road in Austin, TX against the CHL's Austin Ice Bats.