Lightning 2006 7th rounder and University of Massachusetts-Amherst junior defenseman John Wessbecker has not played since November 30 due to an undisclosed injury. According to the New England Daily Collegian, quoting recently re-signed UMass head coach Don Cahoon, there is no timetable for Wessbecker's return to the UMass lineup, and Cahoon is not going to hurry him back.
"He's definitely out for the foreseeable future. There's no way of knowing exactly how long because of the type of injury," Cahoon told the Collegian.
Any specifics regarding Wessbecker's injury have not been released.
Wessbecker has 3 assists in 14 games this year for the Minutemen, and is 1-6-7 in his 88 game collegiate career. Wessbecker, from The Blake School in Minnesota, was All-Conference and won the Hobey Baker Award for character in his senior year of high school.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 2 (SO)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Fadden helped the â€˜Canes fight back from a 2-0 deficit with his 25th goal and a primary power play assist. Fadden also scored the shootout winner for Lethbridge. The Hurricanes are third in the Eastern Conference.
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Everett Silvertips 1
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Everett is currently fifth in the Western Conference. Prince Albert is 20 points out of a playoff spot.
The Sea Wolves wasted no time putting the 0-3 road trip to Texas last weekend behind them as they scored 7 straight goals against Pensacola, hanging for an 8-5 victory Tuesday night. Marek Kvapil, fresh off a reassignment from Norfolk, earned Third Star honors as he poured in 2 goals and 2 assists. None of the other Lightning prospects assigned to Mississippi were in the lineup.
The Lightning now have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 26 shots including a couple of softies DQ would be envious of.
Buffalo 4:58, Clarke MacArthur 6 (Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht)
Buffalo 12:14, Jason Pominville 12 (Clarke MacArthur, Toni Lydman)
Buffalo 10:00, Drew Stafford 13 (Derek Roy, Toni Lydman)
Buffalo 16:45, Derek Roy 19 (Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville)
Tampa Bay 19:22, Brad Richards 15 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 12:22, Vaclav Prospal 20 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)
The vultures are circling.
This past weekend, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster and Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle spent the All-Star break touring Western Canada watching potential and future Bolts.
Among the games the duo took in were the CHL Top Prospects Game and two games featuring 2007 second round pick Dana Tyrell. On Thursday night, Tyrell scored 2 goals in a 5-4 Prince George shootout loss to Lightning 2006 6th rounder Dana Crowley and Everett in front of Lightning leadership. After a game in Vancouver to see the Giants and Tri-City Americans on Friday, they saw Tyrell again, this time against Lightning 2007 4th rounder Mitch Fadden - a game that was a 9-0 blowout for Fadden and Lethbridge. Fadden had 2 assists in the game.
Feaster provided a quick review of the Lightning draftees for BoltProspects.
Kvapil, 5'10" and 188 pounds, appeared in two games with Norfolk after being assigned from Mississippi on January 14, registering one assist and an even rating.
Lascek, 6'0" and 195 pounds, joined the Admirals on December 29 from Mississippi. In four games with Norfolk, he went scoreless with a +1 rating.
Langley Chiefs 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 0
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ Tri-City Americans 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play
Lethbridge Hurricanes 8 @ Kamloops Blazers 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-0-1, E, 17 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting major-game misconduct), *Second Star*
The line of Zach Boychuck, Fadden, and Colton Sceviour (Dallas 4th round 2007) combined for 7 points and 39 PIM as they all received fighting majors in a brawl that took place with just over a minute left in the one-sided game. The three took all three star awards for the game, with Boychuck being the first star for his 2+1.
Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster and Norfolk General Manager Claude Loiselle were scheduled to be in Edmonton last night for the Oil Kings-Medicine Hat Tigers game.
The Tigers won the game 7-1. Notable draft eligible players (CSS Midterm rankings)include:
The days of former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey may be numbered as the Canadian Press reported over the weekend that the Mississippi Sea Wolves have signed former NHL first round pick Maxime Ouellet. Ouellet has been playing in Europe this season.
"I'm really excited to be joining the Sea Wolves," Ouellet said after signing Friday. "I'm happy to be able to return to North America, and I'm looking forward to being a part of this team in the run for the playoffs".