The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Nick Tarnasky from Springfield of the American Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Tarnasky, a 6-foot-2, 233-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta has played in 22 games with the Lightning this season. He has scored one goal and added one assist. He scored his first career goal November 28 against Washington. He has played in 34 career NHL games with a goal and two assists.
He played 12 games with the Lightning in 2005-06 and recorded one assist with nine shots on goal. He played his first NHL game on October 20, 2005 at Atlanta and earned his first career assist and point November 5, 2005 against Toronto. He also played 68 games with Springfield in 2005-06 and scored 14 goals while adding nine assists. He ranked fourth on the team in penalty minutes with 100.
He is a veteran of 148 AHL games with 21 goals and 40 points with 276 penalty minutes in two seasons with the Falcons. He finished his junior career with 150 games played with Vancouver, Kelowna and Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League. He scored 36 goals and recorded 79 points during his WHL career.
Tarnasky was selected by the Lightning in the ninth round, 287th overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.