Lightning N.A. Junior Report

By Chad Schnarr


W Evgeni ArtukhinGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Podolsk (Rus 1)491572294NA
2002-2003 Moncton 1054920+3

Stock: Steady
Since Last Update: 7GP, 3G-4A-7P, 14PIM, (+3)

After enjoying a six-game undefeated streak, the Wildcats are stuck in a four-game winless streak. Artukhin is continuing his consistent play this season, though he went scoreless in Moncton’s last game, a 5-4 overtime loss to Rouyn-Noranda. Artukhin has contributed two power play goals thus far and is seeing a good amount of ice time for the much-improved Wildcats. Moncton currently sits in the third spot in the Maritime Division, at 7-3-2-2.

2001-2002 Montreal498132194NA
2002-2003 Montreal845914+6

Stock: Rising

It’s amazing how a little confidence can help in hockey. If you need proof, just look at the undefeated Tampa Bay Lightning and the sudden scoring machine, J.F. Soucy. Both examples seemingly defy logic. After missing a couple games due to a concussion, Soucy has seen power play time and scoring-line ice time and has responded with not just goals, but big goals. In his last game, he notched the winner in a 4-3 win over the league’s second best squad, Baie-Comeau. In eight games, Soucy has already notched half as many goals (4) as he did in 49 last season (8). Soucy is showing his normal size and speed, but is blooming into an all-around weapon. Montreal is second in the West Division with an 8-5-1-1 record.

Ontario Hockey League

W Aaron LobbGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 London/Guelph17281018NA
2002-2003 Guelph 1124627E

Stock: Dropping Slightly
Since Last Update: 8GP, 0G-1A-1P, 20PIM, (-3)

Lobb is in the midst of a slump that has seen him notch only one assist in his last eight games. His physical game is not lacking, however, as he’s managed to get himself in a few scraps during that stretch. After missing most of last year with a knee injury, Lobb was hoping to build on the 23-goal season he enjoyed as a member of the London Knights during the 2000-01 season. No such luck so far. Lobb is playing for a pro contract this summer and his numbers must improve if he is to play himself into the Lightning’s minor league system. Guelph is second in the Midwest Division at 6-5-2-0.

W Adam HenrichGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Brampton6633306392-4
2002-2003 Brampton8731016+5

Stock: Steady
Since Last Update: 4GP, 3G-3A-6P, 14PIM, (+3)

Brampton’s goal-leader recently returned from a five-game suspension. Henrich was suspended for flipping the puck over the glass into the crowd in disgust after a questionable off-side call. His first game back he notched two assists in a 6-6 tie with Peterborough. According to Battalion coach Stan Butler, Henrich’s conditioning was a little off, but it was otherwise a successful return for Henrich, who is averaging more than a point-per-game this season. He has drawn rave reviews from his linemates, Chris Clayton, who scored two goals in the Peterborough tie, and Ryan Oulahan, for his fine play this year. The Battalion is third in the Central Division at 6-6-1-0.

D Paul RangerGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Oshawa6209949NA
2001-2002 Osh. (Playoffs)50004NA
2002-2003 Oshawa92356+6

Stock: Rising
Since Last Update: 6GP, 1G-2A-3P, 6PIM, (+5)

Ranger continues to make Jay Feaster and Jake Goertzen look good for taking him in the sixth round of the 2002 draft. Ranger is among team leaders with a +6 rating and is putting up decent numbers for a defenseman in his second full year in the OHL. Oshawa is third in the East with an impressive 6-2-0-0 record.

Western Hockey League

D Gerard DicaireGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Sea/Kty676465234NA
2001-2002 Kty (Playoffs)221131424+7
2002-2003 Kootenay14481227+3

Stock: Rising Slightly
Since Last Update: 9GP, 4G-4A-8P, 12PIM, (-1)

The high-powered Ice is currently marred in a three-game winless streak. Dicaire has contributed two assists and a -2 rating during the streak, though he was named the game’s second star in a 4-4 tie with Calgary that started the streak. In an effort to win a contract this spring, Dicaire has shown much more grit this year. His 27 PIM are only seven short of his total from all of last season. Kootenay leads the B.C. Division with a 8-1-2-3 record and is ranked fourth overall in the CHL.

W Darren ReidGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Medicine Hat37891770+8
2001-2002 D.V. (AJHL)3191221195NA
2002-2003 Medicine Hat1225740-3

Stock: Steady
Since Last Update: 7GP, 0G-3A-3P, 17PIM, (+1)

Reid suffered a concussion in a brutal and bloody 9-2 loss to Red Deer last week. He is out indefinitely. During the second period, the Reid was the decisive winner in a fight with the 6’3”, 184-pound 16-year-old, Jesse Zetariuk. Reid caught him with a right and knocked Zetariuk to his knees. During the third period, Rebel’s captain Doug Lynch tried to challenge Reid to gain payback, but Reid refused the offer. Lynch then jumped Reid from behind, bloodying Reid’s nose and giving him a concussion. Lynch received a match penalty and was suspended one game for the incident. Later in the third, Medicine Hat’s Adam Redmond was checked from behind by Derek Endicott. The game was delayed 10 minutes while an ambulance came out on the ice to take the injured Redmond to the hospital. Endicott received a one-game suspension for the hit. The Tiger’s are missing Reid’s gritty leadership in the lineup while he’s recovering. Reid’s 40 PIM leads the Tigers. Medicine Hat is fourth in the Central with a 6-8-0-0 record.

LW Ryan CraigGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Brandon5229356452NA
2001-2002 Bdn (Playoffs)1911102113+7
2002-2003 Brandon22132-1

Stock: Steady

The Wheat King’s captain made a triumphant return from knee surgery by scoring the game’s first and game-winning goals in a 6-2 win against Spokane. Craig scored both goals, a one-timer and off a rebound, from the slot. Ryan played the last half of last season and the playoffs with a torn ACL and still managed to lead Brandon in scoring in the playoffs. He returned one month early from surgery than was originally speculated. He notched an assist to go along with his two goals in his first game back. Craig’s Wheat Kings are ranked eighth in the CHL and sit in a tie for first in the East at 8-3-1-1.


D Arthur FemenellaGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Sioux City5611011215NA
2001-2002 Sioux City (Playoffs)1201132NA
2002-2003 Sioux City 502225-1

Stock: Steady
Since Last Update: 4GP, 0G-1A-1P, 25PIM, (-3)

Femenella continues to be a defensive stalwart for the Musketeer’s defense. His offensive numbers should improve this year as Femenella looks for scholarship offers from Division 1 schools. Sioux City is 4-2-0 (W-L-OTL) and sit in third place in the West Division.

G Joseph PearceW-L-TGAASv%SO
2001-2002 Manchester (EJHL)NA2.16.9330
2001-2002 Man. (Playoffs)NA1.82.938NA
2002-2002 Chicago 2-2-02.25.9111

Stock: Steady
Last Update: 1-0-0, 1.00, .958%, 0 S.O.

Chicago’s starting goaltender recently notched his first USHL shutout, stopping 25 shots in a 3-0 win against Green Bay. Chicago is 2-4-1 and sit in the fourth spot in the East Division. Pearce will attend Boston College next fall.

NCAA Hockey


D PJ AthertonGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Cedar Rapids (USHL)5472229101NA
2002-2003 U of Minnesota10000E

Stock: Steady

Atherton saw a decent amount of ice time in Minnesota’s opener, a 7-2 thrashing of Ohio State. Atherton played on the third pair and showed good skating and passing skills, though he looked a little lost in his own end. Seeing as it was the freshman’s first collegiate game, a little confusion was to be expected. PJ hasn’t seen any ice time since, however. Minnesota returns five of their top seven defensemen from last year, so Atherton has his work cut out for him. He is battling with three other highly-touted freshmen blueliners for some much-coveted ice time. Minnesota is 1-1-1 and is ranked #2 in both the USCHO and USA Today/AHM national polls.

D Paul LynchGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 U of Maine 2224624NA
2002-2003 U of Maine20000+2

Stock: Steady

Lynch played in Maine’s 3-0 loss to Colorado College in the Nye Frontier Classic. He did not record a point and was an even-rating for the contest. He did not play in Black Bear’s next game, a win over Alaska Anchorage, which enabled Maine to take second place in the tournament. Lynch is one of nine defensemen on the Black Bear’s roster. Five of those defensemen are underclassmen, which means Lynch, a sophomore, is in a heated battle for ice time much like PJ Atherton. Lynch’s +2 rating is tied for second-best on the club. Maine is 2-1-1 and ranked #9 in the USCHO poll and #10 in the USA Today/AHM poll.

W Dennis PackardGPGAPPIM+/-
2001-2002 Harvard 329101934NA
2002-2003 Harvard

Stock: Steady

Still ranked #14 by USCHO, the Crimson are #12 the USA Today/AHM poll. They open their season October 26th in a exhibition contest vs. the University of Guelph, Ontario.

John Toffey is no longer attending classes at The Ohio State University and is no longer a member of the men’s hockey program at OSU. We are investigating where Tampa’s 2002 9th rounder is playing this season.

Note: All statistics as of 10-22-2002.