The Springfield Falcons announced the signing today of defenseman John Adams to a professional tryout contract. Adams, who turned 23 on December 21st, is a former 3rd round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres who went unsigned out of Hockey East's Boston College before joining the Florida Everblades of the ECHL in this, his rookie, season. A 6'2" 195 pound stay-at-home blueliner, Adams' best college season came as a junior when he posted 3 goals and 10 points in 42 games for the Eagles. With the Everblades, Adams had 1 goals and 7 points in 22 games before signing his PTO contract today. Adams will assume the spot vacated by Anders Eriksson who left Springfield for Magnitogorsk of the Russian Superleague. To make roster room, the Falcons reassigned LW/C Adam Henrich to Johnstown of the ECHL.
In Tampa, Pavel Kubina continues to nurse a groin strain which may or may not prompt the recall of a defenseman from Springfield by Monday's game against Carolina. Fatigue along the backline was obvious for the Lightning in their game against Buffalo last night as they were forced to go with five defensemen again for the duration of the contest. If a defenseman is recalled, Timo Helbling or Doug O'Brien appear to be the two most logical options for the Lightning.
In Springfield, on top of the recalls of Ryan Craig and Darren Reid, winger Zbynek Hrdel is expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury. The Falcons had originally decided to recall Justin Kelly, Randy Rowe and winger Brandon Elliot to the Falcons, but Elliot broke his hand in a fight in his last ECHL game prompting Adam Henrich to be recalled instead. Rowe suffered an abdominal injury that also kept him from being recalled and likely won't be back until December 30th.
In Johnstown, Mike Egener is finally close to returning from his own knee injury. He should be a welcome addition to the Chiefs lineup. However, the Chiefs have lost not only Rowe and Elliot, but will be without veteran Paul Caponigri for two to three weeks with a concussion also suffered in the midst of a fight.
The Springfield Falcons have announced the recall of forwards Adam Henrich and Justin Kelly. Henrich, who turns 22 in mid January, has 6 goals and 13 points in 23 games this season in the ECHL. The 24 year old Kelly leads Johnstown in scoring with 11 goals and 28 points in 21 games for the team this season. The recalls come as a consequence of Ryan Craig and Darren Reid's recalls to Tampa from the Falcons.
The Johnstown Chiefs have announced that goaltender Morgan Cey has been named to Team Canada for the Spengler Cup to be held in Davos, Switzerland December 26th through 31st. The Spengler Cup is an annual tournament pitting some of the best club teams in Europe against a team of Canadian players usually comprised of Canadian expatriates currently playing in leagues overseas. This year's tournament will feature European clubs Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Russian Superleague, HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga, home town HC Davos of the Swiss NLA (whom winger Shane Willis plays for), and Elsbaren Berlin of the German DEL.
Cey was selected to the club by Al Coates, former general manager of the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and NHL Hall of Famer Lanny MacDonald. The native of Wilkie, Saskatchewan had a 4-3-2-3 record with a 3.20 GAA and .902 save percentage prior to tonight's 3-2 win at home against Charlotte. Team Canada's full Spengler Cup roster can be found at Hockey Canada's website.
Earlier this month, Lightning overage prospect Eric Perrin participated in the Loto Cup in Slovakia, which is another tournament for expatriate players. Perrin had 1 assist in three games as Canada went 1-2 losing to Switzerland and Slovakia and defeating Latvia.
This is the kind of production Henrich and Dicaire should be getting every night out in the ECHL, in my opinion.
Morgan Cey is fully back on track and in control stopping 31 of 33 in the win. Adam Henrich led the way with a goal and two assists figuring in the scoring of every Chiefs goal tonight. Former WHL power play wizard Gerard Dicaire had a power play goal to open the game. Veteran Justin Kelly had three assists while the timeless Dimitri Tarabrin stayed hot with a goal and an assist.
It's interesting to note former 2nd round picks Dicaire and Henrich weren't the highest ranking draft properties on the rink tonight. Rangers 1st round pick Hugh Jessiman from Dartmouth had an assist for the Checkers.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.