This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· The Marty St. Louis Story – It shouldn't have ended this way
· Jonathan Drouin should play for Canada
· Interview with Joel Vermin
· BP Mailbag (Koekkoek’s progress… who replaces Brewer? … projecting Tanner Richard)
· Weekly prospect review
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We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for November 24, 2014 is … Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).
The Lightning have a key ingredient to their future success stowed away in Quebec City.
Adam Erne, one of the few true power forward prospects in the system, is too young for the AHL so the Lightning sent him back to juniors to wreak havoc on his fellow teenagers, which he is doing.
The Lightning are a smallish skill club known for their speed and tenacity. Erne (6-1, 218) will provide more size in the lineup to balance out the likes of Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin. He has enough skill, however, to be a prime contributor on any line rather than a complementary player whose sole role is to win wall battles and create space.
Karpat 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was held off the scoresheet in 11:19 of ice time in HPK's 5-2 loss to Karpat. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had a goal in defeat for HPK. Karpat got 1 goal and 1 assist from former Bruins 2nd rounder Ivan Huml.
Togliatti 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 12/14, 2.01 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 18-3-4, 3 SO, 1.57 GAA, .942 sv%
Ex-Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of goals to lead Magnitka to a 4-2 win over Lada Togliatti. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov had a helper in defeat for Lada.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 (SO)
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/9 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 17 GP: 1-9-10, -7, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Cape Breton came into the game with one win in its last 10 games, but earned a shootout victory over the Phoenix. Darcy, who appears to have fallen to the third line in terms of usage, is pointless in his last three games and in seven of his last eight. He has three assists in November. The Eagles acquired more help this week hoping to turn their abysmal season around.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 6-18-24, E, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo had the primary assist on Sarnia’s insurance goal, scored on the power play late in the second period.
Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-3-9, -7, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Plymouth’s Sonny Milano, a Blue Jackets first rounder from last summer, had a goal and three points to lead the Whalers over the Spits, 4-3. DiGiacinto is pointless in his last four games and has just two goals and one assist in 10 games this month.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 2
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-20-34, +9, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point scored on the power play in the closing seconds of the first period to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead en route to a 4-2 win. Moose Jaw’s captain has points in seven straight games.
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 1
D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas had two assists last game, but missed Wednesday night’s game. Hitman play-by-play broadcaster Brad Curle tells us Thomas suffered a lower body injury on Sunday and is expected to miss about a week.