Tampa Bay Assigns Labrie, Smith and Oberg to Admirals

Norfolk Admirals Press release

Tampa Bay Assigns Labrie, Smith and Oberg to Admirals

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have assigned forwards Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Trevor Smith, along with defenseman Evan Oberg, to the Admirals. In addition, the Lightning have recalled defenseman Keith Aulie from the Admirals. The announcements were made today by Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman.

Labrie, 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, has played in nine games with the Lightning this season, recording one assist and 15 penalty minutes. He recorded his first career NHL point (assist) with the Lightning on January 21 at Phoenix. The Baie-Comeau, Quebec, native has appeared in 42 games with Norfolk this season, tallying 13 goals and 30 points. Labrie leads the Admirals and ranks second in the AHL with a plus-27 rating and ranks third (tie) on the club in penalty minutes with 90.

Smith, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, has played in nine games with the Lightning this season, collecting two assists. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has played in 16 career NHL games with the Lightning and the New York Islanders, recording a goal and three points. He has played in 50 games with the Admirals this season, recording 21 goals and 57 points. He ranks second on the Admirals for points, goals, assists and in plus/minus (+26).

Oberg, 6-foot, 191 pounds, has skated in three games with the Lightning this season, recording a plus-2 rating. He was acquired by the Lightning with Mike Kostka from the Florida Panthers on December 2 in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace. Oberg has played in 35 AHL games this year with Norfolk and the San Antonio Rampage, recording five goals and 18 points with a plus-8 rating. He has played in 23 games with the Admirals, notching five goals and 16 points with a plus-10.

Aulie, 6-foot-6, 217 pounds, has played in 17 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, collecting two assists and 16 penalty minutes. He’s also skated in 23 games with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, recording one assist and 30 penalty minutes. The Regina, Saskatchewan native has played in 57 career NHL games, recording two goals and four points to go along with 48 penalty minutes. Aulie scored his first career NHL goal last season on March 8 against the NY Islanders.

The 22 year-old has skated in 107 career AHL games with the Marlies and Abbotsford Heat, posting five goals and 16 points. He represented the Marlies at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic in Hershey, PA last season.

Aulie was acquired by the Lightning from Toronto this past Monday prior to the NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for forward Carter Ashton. He was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round, 116th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Norfolk returns to Scope tonight as the Hershey Bears visit Scope for the final time this regular season in another Admirals Value Night including Family Fun Packs and Student Rush tickets. 

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I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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