The Lightning have announced the assignment of defenseman Luke Witkowski and forward Gabriel Dumont to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL after having passed through waivers. Witkowski is a fair bet to be the new Captain of the Crunch after former captain Mike Angelidis was not brought back this offseason. Dumont was a free agent signing that had previously played in the Montreal Canadiens system. Witkowski will be one of the top defensemen for the Crunch while Dumont will provide depth at center and some scoring punch.

Witkowski may have been in a bit of a compeition with Nikita Nesterov for the last defense spot on the roster after James Wisniewski was released from his professional try out. He was probably a long shot to beat out Nesterov, but Nesterov’s work with Team Russia in the World Cup of Hockey likely got him up to speed faster and allowed him to perform better in camp.

Dumont was never really expected to make the team and was slated for the Crunch.

The full press release from the team is below.


TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defenseman Luke Witkowski and forward Gabriel Dumont to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.  The Lightning roster is now at 24.

Witkowski, 6-foot-2, 217 pounds, has played in three games for the Lightning during this preseason, registering 11 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.  He has played in 20 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay, with 19 penalty minutes.  Witkowski has played in two career Stanley Cup Playoff games, both last season, notching a plus-1 rating.

The Holland, Michigan native was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round, 160th overall, of the 2008 NHL Draft.

Dumont, 5-10, 190 pounds, skated in two preseason games and recorded four shots on goal.  He appeared in 71 games with the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL last season, notching 19 goals and 49 points.  Dumont has played in 18 career NHL games, all with the Montreal Canadiens, recording a goal and three points.  He has also skated in 389 career AHL games with St. John’s and the Hamilton Bulldogs, registering 92 goals and 203 points.

The native of Ville Degelis, Quebec, Dumont was signed by the Bolts on July 1, 2016.