(WHL Release) Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Roy Stasiuk and Tri City Americans General Manager, Robert Tory jointly announced a major trade today which sees high scoring forward and Lightning prospect, Mitch Fadden and defensemen, Cam Stevens and Brock Sutherland moving south in exchange for defenseman, Eric Mestery and forward Drew Hoff.
The two GM's made a huge splash two years ago when high scoring forward (and former Traverse City Lightning member), Colton Yellow Horn was moved to the Americans in exchange for a first round draft pick. Yellow Horn went on to become one of the more prolific scorers in the WHL and the Hurricanes' secured scoring prospect, Mark Reners in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.
"Mitch Fadden is an incredibly gifted, talented and exciting player, however, our biggest need right now is a solid top four defenseman and Eric Mestery fits that bill." said Stasiuk, the Canes' GM added, "With Luca Sbisa remaining with the Philadelphia Flyers, we had to use some of our offensive depth in order to address a more pressing need. Cam and Brock will both have more opportunity to develop in supporting roles with the Americans and Drew Hoff is expected to inject some energy into our forward groupings."
Multiple local Tampa sources are reporting today that Lightning overaged defensive prospect Janne Niskala cleared waivers at noon and will be reassigned to a European team. Niskala had reportedly signed a contract at the beginning of the summer with a European KHL team, prompting the Nashville Predators to trade his rights to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning subsequently acquired Niskala's rights from the Flyers just prior to the beginning of free agency for a 2009 6th round pick, and signed the blueliner to a one-year contract with a European out-clause in case he was unable to make the Tampa roster.
Niskala earned a roster spot in training camp with solid offensive contributions both at even strength and on the power play. But the acquisitions of Lucas Krajicek and Marek Malik to the Lightning's blueline along with the return of Paul Ranger from IR after the team returned from their season openers in Prague relegated Niskala to the pressbox as the team's seventh defenseman. Niskala was reportedly unhappy about being scratched and recently met with Tampa GM Brian Lawton to discuss his future with the club.
With the European leagues on break, Niskala was reassigned to the Swedish National Team, and will eventually join a yet unnamed club in the SM-Liiga. Niskala will be available prior to the trade deadline for recall to Tampa, but would need to clear recall waivers. Niskala scored 1 goal and added 2 assists in 6 games for the Lightning this season.
RPI Engineers 1 @ No.18 Harvard Crimson 3 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 6 PIM (hooking x2, holding), 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 8 PIM
Killorn had an assist on Alex Biegaâ€™s (Sabres â€“ 5th/06) eventual game winner early in the third period. Biega, an undersized junior offensive defenseman, played on the backline with Lightning prospect Kevin Quick at Salisbury Prep. He had 22 points in 34 games for Harvard last year, and 18 points as a freshman.
Harvard improved to 2-0 on the year.
Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 8
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 26 saves, 2 PIM (Delay of Game)
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-2-0-1, 2.38 GAA, .926 sv%, 1 shutout
It was just one of those nights for the Edmonton Oil Kings and the Tampa Bay Prospect and goaltender Torrie Jung. The Oil Kings lost to the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight (Tuesday 11/4) 8-2 and Jung was pulled with 8:17 to go in the game when he was scored on with a penalty shot making the score 5-1.
Do not let the score fool you, Jung played an incredible first period as Seattle took 13 shots on him. He flat out stood on his head in an effort to keep the Oil Kings in the game. The score after the first period was only 1-0 Seattle when the score could have been at least 3 or 4-0 had it not been for the play of Jung. He seemed to lose focus in the second period, especially on the fourth goal, but he sure played well up until that goal. This 2007 seventh round pick deserved better tonight and I am sure his effort did not go unnoticed, especially in that first period of play.
Other Lightning N.A. Junior prospect scores:
Cowichan Valley 3 @ Victoria Grizzlies 6
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-2-2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-13-19, 34 PIM
Andreas Holmqvist had 2 penalty minutes in Djurgardens' 2-1 loss to Farjestads.
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 3-1 loss to Frolunda.
Andreas Holmqvist had an assist and 2 penalty minutes in Djurgardens' 6-3 loss to Frolunda.
Johan Harju had an assist in Lulea's 5-1 win over Timra.
The Karjala Cup tournament begins on Thursday, 11/6.
Denis Kazionov does not play in Khabarovsk's 3-2 shootout win over Chelyabinsk.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 4-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Anton But was -1 in CSKA's 4-3 overtime loss to St. Petersburg.
Denis Kazionov did not play as Khabarovsk got smoked 7-1 by Yaroslavl.
Dimitri Kazionov was +1 in Kazan's 3-2 win over Dynamo Riga.
Anton But scored his 5th goal of the season in CSKA's 4-3 shootout loss to Magnitogorsk. But failed to convert on his attempt in the shootout.
Vasily Koshechkin made 19 saves in Togliatti's 6-0 shutout of Riga.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 3-0 loss to Novgorod.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Khabarovsk's 3-0 win over KHK MVD.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Mytischi's 2-1 win over Novosibirsk.
Ilya Solarev was +2 in Astana's 6-2 win over Cherepovets. Vitali Smolianinov did not play.
Dimitri Kazionov had an assist and was +1 in Kazan's 8-3 win over Minsk.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 16 of 18 shots in Togliatti's 3-1 loss to Minsk.
Anton But was scoreless in CSKA's 1-0 loss to Chelyabinsk.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Khabarovsk's 5-4 loss to Novgorod.
Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Mytischi's 4-3 shootout win over Novokuznetsk. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the match for Novokuznetsk.
Ilya Solarev was -1 as Astana got smoked by Yaroslavl 7-1. Vitali Smolianinov was scoreless in the match.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed 4 goals on 24 shots in Togliatti's 4-3 loss to Dynamo Moscow.
Anton But had an assist and was +1 in CSKA's 5-4 win over Yulaev.
Albert Vishnyakov was -1 in Novokuznetsk's 5-1 loss to KHK MVD.
Alexei Glukhov was +1 in Mytischi's 3-0 win over Khabarovsk. Denis Kazionov did not play.
Ilya Solarev had an assist and was +1 in Astana's 4-2 loss to St. Petersburg. Vitali Smolianinov did not play.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 6-2 win over Nizhnekamsk.
(WHL Release) The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Dana Tyrell of the Prince George Cougars.
Tyrell picked up seven points, scoring three goals and four assists, in two games over the past week, helping the Cougars post a 1-0-0-1 record in that span.
On Wednesday, October 29th, the Cougars played host to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings at the CN Centre in Prince George. Tyrell netted two power play goals and an assist in a game that saw the visiting Wheat Kings erase a four goal deficit to down the Cougars 6-5 in a shoot-out. He was also named the games 1st Star.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ PEI Rocket 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 22 PIM
Guelph Storm 4 @ Brampton Battalion 5 (OT)
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 14 GP, 3-3-6, -5, 17 PIM
Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 30 saves
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-1-0-1, 1.97 GAA, .938 sv%, 1 shutout
Jung was solid in his return to Kelowna, but was out-dueled by Rockets rookie Adam Brown, who improved to 7-0. This was Jungâ€™s first regulation loss of the season. Edmonton held a 2-1 lead late in the second period, but Kelowna was able to tie it before the third, then score a power play goal to take the lead. Theyâ€™d add an insurance goal and empty netter to finish out the game. Jung had 10 saves in the third period. Defenseman Tyson Barrie, son of Lightning co-owner Len Barrie, had an assist and was named Second Star for Kelowna.
No.14 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ Dartmouth Big Green 2 (OT)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM
Marshall, a freshman, got his first collegiate goal when he put Vermont on the board in the mid-first. The Catamounts won the game with Justin Miloâ€™s goal 2:12 into overtime.
Game stars galore ... and unfortunately, slumps, too.