The Tampa Bay Lightning has recalled defenseman Dmitry Korobov from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. This according to a tweet sent out by Lightning Beat Reporter Missy Zielinski.
— Missy Zielinski (@Missy_Zielinski) December 27, 2013
Defensemen Eric Brewer and Sami Salo are still suffering from their respective injuries and are not likely to start in Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Keeping this in mind, the call up makes perfect sense.
Right now, the 6’3” 235 pound defenseman has suited up for 26 games so far this season with the Syracuse Crunch. In those games, he has earned 12 assists and a plus-2 rating to go with his 30 minutes in penalties.
Last season with the Syracuse Crunch, the Novopolotsk, Belarus native skated in 65 regular season games with the Crunch, scoring 3 goals and 19 assists for a total of 22 points with a plus-20 rating. He also suited up for the Crunch during their run at the Calder Cup Finals. He played in 17 post season games, scoring 1 goal and 1 assist for a total of 2 points.
Korobov made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season as the Bolts battled the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, November 19th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He did not acquire any points during this encounter; however, he did skate 18 shifts for a total of 13:21 on the ice.
What do you think Korobov has to offer the Lightning’s defense? Where do you think he will fit in the best when we face off with Montreal on Saturday? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.