Russianprospects.com is reporting Ak Bars Kazan and Lightning prospect goaltender Vasily Koshechkin have parted ways. Koshechkin was forced out of the lineup for Kazan earlier in the season when NHL veteran Robert Esche was signed by the club, joining former NHLer Mikka Noronen as the team's two netminders.
In an article published on tampabaylightning.com, Lightning Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle gives an in depth interview about what's on tap for the Lightning organization next season in terms of its prospects.
Key bullet point items:
- Loiselle will attempt to re-sign midseason acquisitions Paul Szczechura and Junior Lessard.
- Matt Smaby is regarded as the prospect most prepared to make the jump to the NHL next season after a strong season in the AHL.
- As reported here on Bolt Prospects, Luca Cunti will attempt to return to SCSU next season and play college hockey.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 3-2 overtime loss to Ufa.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 5-1 loss to Chekhov.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 2-1 overtime win over Novgorod.
Note: If any of our Russian readers have the box scores from yesterday's Omsk and Spartak matches, let me know.
Alexei Glukhov had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 penalty minutes as Cherepovets outlasted Ufa 6-5 on penalty shots. Through 32 games, Glukhov has 4 goals, 12 assists, 16 points, and 64 penalty minutes with an even rating this season.
Dimitri Kazionov had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes as Kazan defeated Khimik 3-1. Through 32 games the elder Kazionov has 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points, and 32 penalty minutes with a -4 rating. Vasily Koshechkin served as Robert Esche's backup in the match.
Anton But had 2 goals and 1 assist as St. Petersburg trounced Nizhnekamsk 4-1. Through 32 games, But has 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points, and 26 penalty minutes with a +6 rating.