According to the blog of Damian Crisdotero, who could hardly mask his enthusiasm for Matt Smaby making the team (and yes, that was sarcasm), the Lightning have made their final decision regarding their defensemen and both Matt Smaby and Mike Lundin have made the team. In addition, Crisdotero speculates Smaby and Lundin have passed Doug Janik on the depth chart and suggests the reason the Lightning did not re-assign Janik to Norfolk of the AHL was because the organization feared losing Janik on waivers (and it is a very good assumption they would have).
Another triumph for the allegedly broken down Lightning prospect system.
According to tampabaylightning.com, forward Kyle Wanvig and defenseman Bryce Lampman have been assigned to AHL Norfolk after clearing waivers. Winger Mathieu Darche also cleared waivers today, but he will remain with the Lightning as Tampa Bay's Andreas Karlsson is day-to-day with an abdominal injury.
The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Mitch Fadden of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Fadden recording four goals, three assists and was plus five, in three games during the week of September 24th to September 30th, helping the Hurricanes to a 2-1 record in that span.
On Friday, September 28th, Fadden recorded two goals and an assist as his Hurricanes fell subject to the Kootenay Ice's come from behind victory 5-4. He was also named the game's 1st Star. The following night, Saturday, September 30th, Fadden picked up a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Saskatoon Blades 3-1. On Sunday, September 30th, the Hurricanes traveled to Edmonton to take on the Oil Kings, Fadden scored one goal and an assist as Lethbridge went on to shutout the Oil Kings 3-0.
Fadden, a 19-year-old product from Salmon Arm, BC is in his fourth season in the WHL, and was recently drafted at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, in the 4th round, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Admirals got some great goaltending from Karri Ramo and Ryan Munce and it made all the difference.
Ramo stopped 10 of 11 shots he faced before giving way to Munce who stopped 28 of 29 and went on for the shootout victory.
Box score from norfolkadmirals.com.