Harju, Johan

European Game Day: 10-6-11

KHL (Russia):
CSKA 2 @ Khabarovsk 3 (SO)
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov was a scratch in CSKA's 3-2 shootout loss to Khabarovsk. CSKA faces St. Petersburg on Sunday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ Brynas 0
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 2 PIM

Johan Harju had a minor for high sticking and failed to convert on a third period penalty shot in Lulea's 1-0 win over Brynas. Ex-Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist stopped 19 shots for Brynas in the loss. Lulea plays MODO on Saturday. The team is currently tied with Frolunda and Skelleftea at 17 points for the best mark in the league.

European Game Day: 10-4-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP-5 @ SaiPa 4 (SO)
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in JYP's 5-4 shootout win over SaiPa. JYP faces Karpat next on Saturday.

KHL (Russia):
Cherepovets 0 @ Novgorod 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 21/23, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 0 SO, 2.60 GAA, .917 sv%

Ex-Lightning draft pick Ruslan Zainullin scored to lead Novgorod to a 3-0 win over Cherepovets. Severstal faces Dynamo Riga next on Friday.

CSKA 3 @ Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Nikita Kucherov's scoring streak ended a 1 game after he went scoreless in 7:02 of ice time in CSKA's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. The forward is averaging 8:36 of ice time per game through 9 games this season. CSKA draws Khabarovsk next on Thursday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Linkopings 2 @ Lulea 3
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Sami Sandell beat ex-Lightning draft pick Fredrik Norrena midway through the third period to life Lulea to a 3-2 win over Linkopings. Lulea faces Brynas on Thursday.

Elitserien Game Day: 10-1-11

Elitserien (Sweden):
Timra 4 @ Lulea 1
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Oscar Hedman, older brother of Lightning d-man Victor Hedman, had a power play assist for Timra in their 4-1 win over Lulea. Lulea faces Linkopings on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 9-29-11

SM-liiga (Finland):
JYP 2 @ Assat 5
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Riku Helenius did not play in last place JYP's 5-2 loss to Assat. Former Lightning prospect Radek Smolenak had a pair of goals for Assat in the win and is now second in the SM-liiga in goals and tops in the Finnish league in goals with 5.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Lulea 1 @ AIK 0
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, +2, 0 PIM

Johan Harju's power play tally was all Lulea needed to knock off AIK 1-0. Harju is now tied for 8th in the league in scoring and tied for tops in goals. Lulea faces Timra on Saturday.

European Game Day: 9-26-11 and 9-27-11

9/26
KHL (Russia):
Hanty-Mansiysk 2 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Win, 29/31, 2.00 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 2.51 GAA, .924 sv%

Vadim Shipachev had a hat trick to lead Cherepovets to a 4-2 win over Yugra.

9/27
SM-liiga (Finland):
Lukko 4 @ JYP 1
Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 24/27, 3.09 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .888 sv%

Ex-NHL first rounder Kris Beech had a goal in Lukko's 4-1 win over JYP. Riku Helenius and JYP are now languishing in last place on the SM-liiga table. JYP faces Assat on Thursday.

MHL (Russia Jr.)
Chelyabinsk Jr. 3 @ Ufa Jr. 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 10 PIM

Nikita Nesterov's mini-cold streak continues, from an offensive standpoint, but he got back on the plus side of the ledger in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 3-1 victory over Ufa Jr. Chelyabinsk Jr. gets Togliatti's junior team on Friday.

Elitserien (Sweden)
Farjestads 0 @ Lulea 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM

Minnesota Wild draft pick Johan Gustafsson had an 18 save shutout in Lulea's 2-0 win over Farjestads. Lulea faces AIK on Thursday.

European Game Day: 9-24-11

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SM-liiga (Finland):
Blues 1 @ JYP 0
Riku Helenius, DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 3.10 GAA, .887 sv%

Talaja Roope's first period marker was the only scoring in Espoo's 1-0 win over JYP. JYP draws Lukko next on Tuesday.

Elitserien (Sweden)
Lulea 2 @ HV 71 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-2-5, +2, 0 PIM

Johan Harju had 1 goal and 1 assist, but failed on his shootout opportunity in Lulea's 3-2 loss to HV 71. After taking a couple of games to get going again in his return to the Elitserien, Harju now moves above a point a game. Lulea will play Farjestads on Tuesday.

European Game Day: 9-22-11

KHL (Russia):
Omsk 5 @ Cherepovets 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 28/33, 5.00 GAA, .848 sv%
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 2.67 GAA, .921 sv%

Ex-NHLer Martin Skoula had a helper for Omsk in their 5-2 win over Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo made 18 saves for the victory. Cherepovets faces Hanty-Masisysk on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden):
Djurgardens 2 @ Lulea 5
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM

Johan Harju had a power play assist and an even strength goal to lead Lulea to a 5-2 victory over Djurgardens. Blast from the past Jimmie Olvestad had 12 minutes in penalties for checking to the head that led to Harju's power play assist while another blast from the past, Josef Boumedienne, also had 2 penalty minutes for Djurgardens. Lulea faces HV 71 on Saturday.

European Game Day: 9-17-11

SM-liiga (Finland)
Karpat 3 @ JYP 2
Riku Helenius, Loss, 20/23, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 3.12 GAA, .870 sv%

Riku Helenius and JYP allowed a pair of third period goals to squander a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes in their 3-2 loss to Karpat. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had a helper in the match for JYP. JYP's next game is on Wednesday against Blues Espoo.

KHL (Russia)
St. Petersburg 4 @ CSKA 1
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal and ex-Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had an assist is St. Petersburg's 4-1 thumping of CSKA. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov played 11:31 in the loss for CSKA. CSKA faces Dynamo Riga on Monday.

Elitserien (Sweden)
Lulea 1 @ Frolunda 2
Johan Harju, Lulea, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM

Johan Harju scored the game opening goal off assists from Niklas Olausson and ex-Stars second rounder Johan Fransson, but Lulea fell 2-1 to Frolunda. Lulea faces Djurgardens next on Thursday.

European Game Day: 9-15-11

SM-liiga (Finland)
JYP 0 @ KalPa 2
Riku Helenius, JYP, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA. 1.000 sv%

Riku Helenius sat backup today in JYP's 2-0 opening loss to KalPa. Former Devils prospect Ari Ahonen had a 23 save shutout in the match and former NHLer Sami Kapanen scored one of KalPa's goals. JYP's next match is Saturday versus Karpat.

Elitserien (Sweden)
Vaxjo 3 @ Lulea 2 (SO)
Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Vaxjo Lakers scored a pair of third period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and went on to win in a shootout 3-2 over Lulea. Johan Harju was scoreless in the match, with 4 shots on goal, and he was denied by former NHLer Martin Gerber in his shootout attempt. He started on Lulea's second line along side center Niklas Olausson and left winger Mattias Persson. Vaxjo's goals came from former Oilers prospect Liam Reddox and former Sharks prospect Mike Iggulden. Lulea moves on to face Frolunda on Saturday.

Prospect Season Starts Next Week

With the passing of August, the summer is on its decline, and hockey season is almost here in North America. But, in Europe, preseason games are already being played and the regular season is set to begin next week. On Thursday, slick scoring prospect Nikita Kucherov and CSKA will square off against perennial league power Magnitogorsk in their season opener in the Russian KHL. A week later, on 9/15, action starts in the Finnish SM-liiga where Riku Helenius and JYP will open against KalPa. That day also marks the start of the Swedish Elitserien where Johan Harju and Lulea will face Vaxjo.

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