The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Dana Tyrell and Brett Connolly from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally the team has reassigned forwards Mike Angelidis and Ondrej Palat, along with defenseman Andrej Sustr and goaltender Cedrick Desjardins to the Crunch.
Tyrell, 23, has played in 12 games with the Lightning this season, collecting a goal and two assists to go along with four penalty minutes. The Airdrie, Alberta native made his season debut on January 22 in Carolina against the Hurricanes and recorded two penalty minutes. Tyrell has skated in 116 career NHL games, registering seven goals and 23 points with 22 penalty minutes.
The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward has also played in 15 games with the Crunch, posting five goals and eight points with 11 penalty minutes. He has posted a positive or even plus/minus rating in 12 of his 15 games with Syracuse. Tyrell was originally drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 47th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Connolly, 20, has appeared in 67 games with Syracuse this season, registering 27 goals and 57 points to go along with a plus-15 rating and 51 penalty minutes. The Campbell River, British Columbia native ranks second on the Crunch for goals and points, and third for assists with 30. Of his 27 goals this season, eight have come while with the man-advantage, ranking second on the Crunch in that category.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward has skated in 68 career NHL games with the Lightning, all during the 2011-12 season, recording four goals and 15 points with 30 penalty minutes. Two of Connolly’s four goals last season were game-winners. He scored his first career NHL goal on November 1 at Carolina and also made his NHL debut against the Hurricanes on October 7. Connolly was originally drafted by the Lightning in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.