Tampa Bay Lightning recalls several Syracuse Crunch players ahead of NHL return
Syracuse, NY – The hockey season continues for several Syracuse Crunch players.
The NHL returns from its coronavirus break when the camp reopens on Monday. The Lightning have announced their initial roster for this competition, and the roster includes depth players from Syracuse.
Tampa Bay will bring in goaltenders Spencer Martin and Scott Wedgewood, defensemen Cal Foote and Luke Witkowski (who is listed as forward) and forwards Gemel Smith, Alexander Volkov, Alex Barre-Boulet and Mathieu Joseph.
With a injury to Tampa Bay superstar Steven Stamkos, Barre-Boulet could be online for an extended look. The second-year professional led the Crunch with 27 goals and 56 points this season.
“He’s one of the best players in the league (AHL), he’s arguably our most talented forward at Syracuse,” Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois told radio analyst Caley Chelios.
On July 26, the teams will travel to one of the two hub cities. The 12 Eastern Conference teams will play in Toronto and the 12 Western Conference teams will play in Edmonton. As one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference, the Lightning have a guaranteed spot in the playoffs. Tampa Bay opens the round robin on August 3.