After a day off across the league on Thursday, the NHL is back on the ice for a whopping 13 games today beginning at 2pm CT through 9:30pm CT, with games starting almost every hour. With a full day of hockey often come a full day of roster tweaks as well. Keep up with all the recalls and reassignments right here:
- The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled Sean Day from the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, potentially affording the gifted defenseman his first NHL opportunity. At one time considered such a special prospect that he was given “exceptional player status” to join the OHL a year early, Day has somewhat underwhelmed ever since. A third-round draft pick with pedestrian numbers in the junior and minor league ranks, it seemed like the OHL missed the mark on labeling Day as an elite talent. However, with ten points in 15 games for the Crunch this season, Day is finally starting to look the part. Could the two-time defending Stanley Cup champs have a late bloomer on their hands?
- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled Brett Murray from the AHL, moving Drake Caggiula to injured reserve to make room. Murray, a fourth-round pick from 2016, has scored six goals in nine minor league games this season.
- Though an inspiring story of perseverance from an under-recruited high school prospect from Cape Cod to an injury-prone NCAA graduate transfer to an ECHL contract then an AHL contract and now an NHL contract, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Max Willman belongs in the NHL just yet. The hard-working forward has been returned to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms following a fruitless first NHL recall, the Philadelphia Flyers announced. In his place, the team has recalled forward Connor Bunnaman.
- The Vegas Golden Knights are shaking up their forward corps, sending Paul Cotter, Ben Jones, and Jonas Rondbjerg across town to the Henderson Silver Knights. The trio have combined to play 21 NHL games this season, but with William Carrier and Brett Howden coming off IR, Vegas needs the space up front.
- Forward Jan Jenik was re-assigned to the Tucson Roadrunners today according to an Arizona Coyotes tweet. Jenik, who’s one of the Coyotes’ best forward prospects as it stands, has no points in two NHL games this season.