Norrbottens-Kuriren is reporting that Lightning prospect Johan Harju suffered a possible knee injury during an on-ice practice session with Lulea for the upcoming SEL season. Apparently, Harju went to make a turn and felt a snap in the back of his knee. The team is being cautious with the possible injury and Harju left the ice in order to get a medical examination of the knee by a doctor. No further information about the extent of the injury are known at this time.
(Thanks to BP staffer sotnos for the translation help!)
After a couple of months of rumors indicating he might go back to Europe, Eurohockey.net is reporting that Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil has signed with Vitkovice of the Czech Extraliga for next season. Kvapil, 23, struggled the past two seasons to reach the promise he showed as a rookie in 2005-2006 when he scored 18 goals and 45 points in 79 games with the Springfield Falcons. Plagued by inconsistent effort and turnovers in the neutral zone, Kvapil languished in the ECHL for half of last season with the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Kvapil's decision is the first of a string of prospect roster moves to come in the next couple of months. Bolt Prospects' Chad Schnarr will have more on Johan Harju, Mitch Fadden, and Dane Crowley in the coming week.
Today was the final round of the Elitserien regular season:
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 4-2 win over Timra.
Andreas Holmqvist had an assist in Frolunda's 3-1 win over Sodertalje.
Frolunda finishes the season 6th on the Elitserien table. Lulea finishes 10th, clipping Mora via a tiebreaker on the final day.
Final 2007-2008 Eliserien Statistics
Johan Harju, Lulea (SWE), 51 GP, 20-8-28, 55 PIM, -1
Andreas Holmqvist, Frolunda (SWE), 49 GP, 3-23-26, 40 PIM, +2
Harju finshes the season tied for 10th in the league in goals. Holmqvist finishes the regular season tied for 5th among all Elitserien defensemen in scoring.