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Lightning Prospect Performer of the Week

Monday, 11.12.2012 / 5:40 PM / Features
By Turner Batten  - TampaBayLightning.com Contributor

Alex Hutchings, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s fourth-round draft pick 2009, is the Lightning Prospect Performer of the Week for the period ending on November 12, 2012.

Hutchings, currently playing in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades, got off to a somewhat slow start this season. Through his first eight games he was only able to muster up one goal, but did accumulate five assists.

However, this past week Hutchings went on a tear. He recorded at least a goal in all three of the Everblades games this week and posted two multi-point games to finish the week off with five goals, an assist and a plus-5 rating.

Alex Hutchings
Alex Hutchings
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Hutchings kicked off his scoring tear on Wednesday night in a 6-3 victory against the Elmira Jackals, posting a goal and an assist.

On Friday night Hutchings kept it going in a huge way by recording a hat trick in a 5-3 Everblades victory before closing out the week on Saturday night with a goal against Gwinnett.

Hutchings’ scoring tear has ascended him up the stat sheet as he currently sits fourth on the Everblades in scoring and his six goals for the season move him into a tie for second.

Honorable Mentions:

Richard Panik (Forward) – Syracuse – AHL – Panik checked in with a solid week for the Syracuse Crunch, posting two goals and two assists in three games. He was also a plus-1 this week. Panik’s four-point week brings his season point-total to eight and moves him into a tie for fourth with Alex Killorn with regard to Crunch scoring.

Ondrej Palat (Forward) – Syracuse – AHL – Palat’s statistics this season show how good of a playmaker he is. Now with 12 points on the season, Palat is only one point behind Cory Conacher’s team-leading 13 points. This week Palat added four assists in three games, adding to his team-best 11 assists. Palat’s 11 assists are also tied for second in the AHL.

Tyler Johnson (Forward) – Syracuse – AHL – Just as the Syracuse Crunch did, Tyler Johnson had a solid week with two goals and an assist helping the Crunch win two out of three games this week. Johnson’s two goals give him eight on the season which leads all Crunch skaters and tied for third among AHL skaters. With 12 points on the season, Johnson is also tied for second on the team in that department.