When the Lightning made Mike Egener their first pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, they projected him to be a physical, slick-skating defenseman who could one day be a team leader.
Now in his fourth professional season, that projection still rings true, but now with one major exception.
A position change.
With the Norfolk Admirals short on forwards to start the year due to four recent signees experiencing work visa issues, and a hoard of defensemen vying for coveted starting spots, it seemed like the perfect time for a career change of sorts for Egener. At Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster's request, Egener was moved up to the wing.
Johan Harju had a power play goal and six penalty minutes today in Lulea's 4-3 victory over Mora. "Big Joe" is tied for third in the Elitserien in goals with 6 in 9 games. His 3 power play goals is tied for second in the league.
Andreas Holmqvist had an assist and two penalty minutes in Frolunda's 5-0 win over Farjestads.
(Norfolk Admirals release)
Today, Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Jonathan Boutin to the Admirals from the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL). In addition, the Admirals have returned goaltender Morgan Cey on loan to the Sea Wolves.
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 (OT)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 4 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM
Fadden had two first period assists to help the â€˜Canes jump out to a 3-0 lead, but they would never score again as the Tigers scored 4 unanswered goals. Traverse City Lightning and Medicine Hat captain Daine Todd was 1-2-3 and First Star for the Tigers.
The Ads almost pulled off the upset.
Morgan Cey allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss. The Admirals outshot the Falcons 29-21 in the game, the first time they've outshot an opponent this season.
NOR Hrdel, (1) (Jones, Kvapil), 19:17
SPR Nilsson, (1) (Bisaillon, Thoresen), 4:15
NOR Egener, (1) (Jones, Wanvig), 4:42
SPR Reddox, (3) (Berry, Smid), 6:09
SPR Nilsson, (2) (Thoresen, Rourke), 6:37
SPR Peckham, (1) (Bodie), 9:22 (PP)
NOR Jones, (1) (Wanvig, Egener), 10:32