Sunday morning (2/10) the Tampa Bay Lightning called up forward Alexander Killorn from AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch. The 2007 third round pick has been described as a forward with a good mix of size and speed. He may not be the biggest player, measuring in at 6 foot 2 and 205 pounds, but he is definitely has a size advantage over Dana Tyrell. Killorn is, essentially, replacing Tyrell who was placed on waivers and then reassigned to the Syracuse Crunch. Minor league call-ups have been a big part of the team recently, with players like Cory Conacher, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, and others contributing to the NHL team after spending time with the Syracuse Crunch.
In one game, I identified many positives in regards to Alexander Killorn’s performance. It was extremely difficult to find any positives in a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers, which is recapped by Tasha Meares here. However, Killorn was able to spark the Lightning’s best scoring chance, which ended up in the back of the net off the stick of Vincent Lecavalier. Killorn was able to skate deep into the slot and fire on Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. His poise and calmness with this situation was phenomenal, especially considering the fact that this was Killorn’s debut. The rebound was whacked back out to Victor Hedman, who was able to fire away twice on Lundqvist. Eventually, Lecavalier found a rebound produced by a Hedman slap shot and fired it into the back of the net. Killorn’s combination of solid size plus great speed allowed him to gain space and create the scoring opportunities, eventually leading to the one goal on the night for the Lightning. Killorn tallied a secondary assist on the goal, his first NHL assist and point. Killorn’s play may have been the best of the night compared to the rest of the team, and this should gain Killorn considerably more ice time as the season continues.
Follow me on Twitter: @Gabriel0430