The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Jaroslav Janus from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Janus will practice with the Lightning while Antero Niittymaki participates in the Vancouver Olympics.
Janus, 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, has played in 12 games with Norfolk this season, posting a 6-6-0 record, a 2.09 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage with one shutout. He leads all Admirals goaltenders in goals-against average and save percentage. Janus made his professional debut with Norfolk on October 14 at Albany, stopping 27 of 29 shots.
The native of Presov, Slovakia was signed to a Professional Tryout Contract on October 2 and began the season with the Admirals. He was released from the PTO on November 4 and joined his junior club, the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Janus appeared in 13 games with the Otters this season posting a 7-4-2 record with a 2.81 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. The Lightning signed Janus to an entry-level contract on January 1 and he was assigned to the Admirals.
Janus played well at the 2009 World Junior Championships with Team Slovakia. He posted a 3-4-0 record with a 3.20 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in seven games en route to being selected the top goaltender in the tournament by the attending media.
The 20-year-old was drafted by Tampa Bay in the sixth round, 162nd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.