TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Radko Gudas from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Gudas will wear jersey number 75.
Gudas, 22, has skated in 57 games this season with the Crunch, notching four goals and 20 points. Gudas is tied for second among Crunch defensemen for goals, assists and points. Gudas leads the AHL with a plus/minus rating of plus-32. Gudas has also compiled a team-best and the fourth-most penalty minutes in the AHL with 207. Gudas’ 136 shots on goal rank fifth among Crunch skaters.
The Prague, Czech Republic, native was originally drafted by the Lightning in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft. Gudas has played in 228 career AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals and the Crunch, registering 15 goals, 57 points and 567 penalty minutes. In the 2011-12 season, Gudas led the Admirals in penalty minutes with 195.