Lightning recalls Vermin, Bournival from Syracuse
The Lightning recalled forwards Joel Vermin and Michael Bournival from AHL Syracuse Wednesday.
With wing Ryan Callahan a late scratch Tuesday with a lower-body injury, and a few other forwards banged-up, Tampa Bay needed some depth up front heading into Thursday's game in St. Louis.
Vermin, a 5-foot-11 win, has six goals in 17 games with the Crunch this season. He is tied for the Syracuse lead for goals, is first for power-play goals and is fifth for points. He has played in six career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay last season, notching one assist.
Vermin was one of the last cuts in camp, after what GM Steve Yzerman dubbed an "outstanding" preseason, so him getting the nod is not a surprise.
Bournival, signed this summer, has five goals and 11 points in 17 games. He's played in 89 career NHL games, all with the Canadiens.
Tanner Richard, off to a hot start in Syracuse, is worthy of a calllup, but my guess is the Lightning is already loaded with centers.