Tampa Bay Lightning Recall Forward Richard Panik from the Syracuse Crunch

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and GM Steve Yzerman announced on Monday that the Lightning would recall forward Richard Panik from the Syracuse Crunch.

Panik will suit up as #71.

Panik is 6’1” and 20 pounds, and hails from Martin, Slovakia. He played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League for both the Windsor Spitfires and the Belleville Bulls.

During his 111 games in the OHL, Panik was able to score 48 goals and a total of 97 points. Panik also played for the Slovak National Team in the 2009 World Junior Championship, where he scored two goals and three assists in five games, and Slovakia Men’s 2010 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded two assists and finished a +3.

Panik was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round, 52nd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

During his debut in the AHL last year, he scored a total of 19 goals and 41 points in the 64 games he appeared in for the Norfolk Admirals. He also helped the Admirals win the AHL’s Calder Cup Championship; scoring 5 goals and six points in the 18 playoff games he appeared in.

He has played a total of 43 games with the Crunch this season. In this time, he has netted 21 goals and 14 assists for a total of 35 points. He is currently 5th in the AHL in goals, and is tied with Defenseman Dmitry Korobov for second on the Crunch with a plus-minus rating of plus-19; only outshone by Defenseman Radko Gudas who has a plus-22.

He has played a total of 107 games in the AHL, for both the Syracuse Crunch and the Norfolk Admirals. He has a total of 40 goals and 36 assists for a total of 76 points.

Welcome to the Tampa Bay, Mr. Panik!

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