The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Jaroslav Janus to a standard three-year entry-level contract today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Janus will join the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.
Janus, 5-foot-11, 192 pounds, appeared in his first two professional games with the Admirals earlier this season on a Professional Tryout Contract. He recorded a 1.52 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. He made his pro debut on October 14 at Albany, stopping 27 of 29 shots.
The native of Presov, Slovakia was released from his Professional Tryout Contract on November 4 and joined his junior club, the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Janus has 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. He ranks 11th in the OHL in goals-against average and seventh in save percentage. He has played in 110 career OHL games, posting a 45-53-7 record with a 3.69 goals-against average.
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 in the sixth round, 162nd overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.