February 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik (71) skates up ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Recall RW Richard Panik from the Syracuse Crunch

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced yesterday that they have recalled right wing Richard Panik from the Syracuse Crunch.

This comes in the wake of a number of injuries that the Lightning have sustained lately, most recently to LW Ryan Malone when he has plowed down by center Zac Rinaldo during the Lightning’s matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 18th.

This may be an indication that Lightning LW Benoit Pouliot may not be as close to returning as everyone had anticipated. Pouliot has been on Injured Reserve since March 3rd after sustaining an Upper Body Injury during the first period of the meeting between the Lightning and the Boston Bruins on March 2nd.

Richard Panik has played a total of 51 games for the Crunch this season. He has netted himself 22 goals and earned 19 assists for a total of 41 points so far this season. He has also scored himself a plus-17 rating.

The 6’1 Martin, Slovakia native made his NHL debut on February 12th as the Lightning faced off with the Montreal Canadiens. He would continue with the Lightning for 8 more games, scoring his first NHL goal on February 23rd against the Carolina Hurricanes. Panik was reassigned to Syracuse on March 1st.

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


What do you think this means for the Lightning’s current lines? Do you think Panik will make a valuable addition to the already supercharged “Syracuse Line”? Sound off in the comments below and let your voice be heard.

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