Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today via the Lightning’s official site that the organization has recalled defenseman Andrej Sustr from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.
In all honesty, the move comes as no surprise. The Bolts are now down a defenseman after Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka suffered a concussion after an illegal hit from Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray. Murray is currently serving a three game suspension for the hit to Kostka.
The 6 foot 8 inch defenseman has played in 38 games this season with the Lightning. In that time, he notched 7 assists and a plus-4 rating. Since his reassignment to the Syracuse Crunch, he has played in 12 games with them, scoring one goal and three assists for a total of 4 points.
When Sustr returned to the Crunch, he was hoping to see some more ice time. Unfortunately for him, that plan hit quite the snag when he was injured on January 17th as the Crunch defeated the Hershey Bears 3-2. He recently returned to action on March 28th as the Crunch defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 6-4. Sustr notched an assist in this encounter.
The Czech Republic native could definitely be beneficial to the Lightning right now. He is incredibly tall, and thus has a much longer reach than most.
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