TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defenseman Vladimir Mihalik to Norfolk of the American Hockey League, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced.
Mihalik, 6-foot-7, 222 pounds, played in both games at the Bridgestone NHL Premiere in Prague, Czech Republic this past weekend, averaging 12:05 in ice time per game in his NHL regular season debut. He also recorded six blocked shots and five hits. Mihalik also played in four preseason games with Tampa Bay and scored one goal.
The native of Presov, Slovakia made his professional debut last season, recording one goal and 16 points in 68 games with the Admirals. He led Norfolk with a plus-9 rating.
Mihalik was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.