Lightning prospect Mark Barberio, a 2008 sixth round pick of the Bolts, has been named by the QMJHL as a finalist for the Emile "Butch" Bouchard Trophy, awarded to the league's top defenseman.
Joining Barberio as finalists are his Moncton teammate David Savard, a 2009 fourth round pick of the Blue Jackets, and JoÃ«l Chouinard of Drummondville, a sixth round pick of Colorado in 2008.
Barberio set career highs in goals, assists, points, and plus/minus this season, finishing with 17 goals, 43 assists, 60 points, and a plus-39 rating. He finished fifth in the league in points among defensemen, sixth in goals, fifth in assists, and seventh in plus/minus.
Karri Ramo has been named the starting goaltender for Team Jagr in the upcoming KHL All-Star Game, the league announced today. Taking a cue from the NHL, last year's KHL All-Star Game was held outdoors in Red Square in Moscow. This year's All-Star contest will take place in Minsk. Ramo currently has a 19-14 record in 34 games, with 2 losses coming after regulation, 3 shutouts, a 2.05 GAA, and a .913 save percentage. He is currently tied for fourth in the league in wins.
In somewhat related news, the KHL handed down a decision to Ramo's club Omsk after their brawl filled contest with Chekhov earlier this month that resulted in the game being suspended and postponed due to nineteen players being ejected. The league has decided to rule the game a forfeit by both clubs and both will receive a loss in the standings. Ramo was one of the few players on either team not to earn an ejection.
NORFOLK, Va. â€“ Norfolk Admirals and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect forward Blair Jones has been named to the Canadian AHL All-Star team for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic to be played next week at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. Jones will replace Admirals leading scorer Brandon Bochenski, who was named a starter to the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team but is currently on NHL recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jones, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, has six goals and 13 assists in 27 games for the Admirals in 2009-10. Currently he is third on the team in assists and tied for fourth in points. The fourth-year pro has also played in 14 games with Tampa Bay this season, recording ten penalty minutes and averaging 12:50 in ice time per game.
(OHL release) The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Alex Hutchings of the Barrie Colts is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 6. Hutchings recorded eight points in three games scoring four shorthanded goals and four assists with a league-best plus-minus rating of plus-6.