After a recent lack of goals by the Tampa Bay Lightning during a four-game west coast road trip, and a few injuries accrued during the same journey; GM Steve Yzerman and Co. recalled forward Nikita Kucherov and (once again) defenseman Dmitry Korobov from the Bolts’ AHL affiliate team, the Syracuse Crunch, today in time for tomorrow’s home game against the New York Rangers.
Both Ryan Malone (foot) and Radko Gudas (upper body) are out of the lineup due to injuries, and the Bolts are looking to fill those voids, as well as trying to create some new scoring chemistry in a team that really needs it.
Here is the official announcement from the Lightning:
The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Nikita Kucherov (KOO-chuhr-awv) and defenseman Dmitry Korobov from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Kucherov, 20, was selected 58th overall in the 2011 NHL draft by the Lightning, and he’s been something of a rookie sensation in the AHL. After 17 games this season for the Crunch, Kucherov has posted 13 goals and 11 assists. He has previously played major junior hockey with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
Korobov, who was called up in the wake of losing Steven Stamkos, Keith Aulie, and Sami Salo on Nov. 11, played with the Lightning up until Thursday night in San Jose, returns to the bench after impressing in his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 19, where he recorded one hit in 13:21 minutes of ice time.
Korobov was signed to a two-year deal with the Lightning on August 2, 2012.