Tampa Bay Lightning Reassign Three Players To Syracuse Crunch


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forwards Charles Hudon and Daniel Walcott, as well as defenseman Andrej Sustr, to the Syracuse Crunch, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced.

Hudon, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, was recalled to Tampa Bay on January 18 and did not see any game action.  He has played in 26 games with the Crunch this season, recording 11 goals and 22 points, along with seven power play goals.  Hudon is second on the team for points and goals, while pacing all Syracuse players for power play goals.

A native of Alma, Quebec, Hudon was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 28, 2021.  He was originally drafted by Montreal in the fifth round, 122nd overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Walcott, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, was recalled on January 13 and did not appear in a game.  Walcott has skated in 19 contests with Syracuse this season, recording two goals and five points. He ranks tied for seventh on the Crunch for penalty minutes (21). Walcott, 27, has skated in 268 career AHL games with the Crunch and Hartford Wolf Pack, notching 21 goals and 71 points.

Walcott was a fifth-round pick of the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL Draft (140th overall) and was acquired by the Lightning from the Rangers on June 1, 2015 in exchange for a seventh-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Sustr, 6-foot-7, 217 pounds, has skated in 13 games with the Lightning this season, scoring one goal. He has played in 336 career NHL games with the Lightning and Anaheim Ducks, registering 11 goals and 64 points. Sustr has played in 12 games with the Crunch this season, recording two goals and seven points with a plus-8 rating, second on the team. He has registered five goals and 17 points in 71 career AHL contests.

The Plzen, Czech Republic native was signed by the Bolts as a free agent on July 28, 2021 after spending the past two seasons with Kunlun Red Star of the KHL.

Single game tickets and ticket packages for the 2021-22 season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444 or online through Ticketmaster. For the latest Crunch news, visit www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

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