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Bolt Prospect of the Week

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(s) of the Week for the week ending November 24 is … Joel Vermin, W, and Jonathan Marchessault, W, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL).

Walcott Embraces Utility Role With Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

However he gets into the lineup, Daniel Walcott wants to make the most of his opportunity.

A natural defenseman, Walcott changed positions last weekend after multiple call-ups left the Syracuse Crunch short a few forwards. The 21-year-old rookie responded by registering his first professional point Friday.

With Syracuse boasting a deep blueline, Walcott is willing to help out on the ice wherever he can.

“I was pretty fortunate that they trusted me to be the extra forward instead of bringing in someone else,” Walcott said. “They could have easily done that, but they take care of their prospects. … I’ve been waiting a while to get back in a game here, so it felt good. I have to work hard and show that I can go wherever they need me.”

NHL Game Night: 11-25-15 Kings at Lightning

The momentum is real.

TB-2 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 37 shots for the victory. He was sparkling tonight. The only regulation goal he allowed was a seeing eye shot through three players and he did get victimized again 5-hole in the shootout, but on balance he was the difference in the game tonight. He's formed the backbone for the resurgence of the team the last 3 games.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
5:57 TB Johnson (4), (Marchessault)
14:37 LA Lucic (7), (Toffoli, Carter)


LA- Kopitar
TB- Marchessault, Filppula

Bishop and J.T. Brown were the game's first and third stars. Marchessault may have gotten robbed, IMO.

That's the tightest checking team in the NHL, right there. The Kings apply so much back pressure it's stifling and I think the Lightning really struggled with it because there's not another team that gets back on you that quickly in the league. It's just really tough to get anything other than a greasy goal on those guys because you're not allowed any time and space to do anything of much creativity and they don't turn the puck over much. Credit to the Lightning for manufacturing the win, and now you look at consecutive wins against the Rangers, Ducks, and Kings. Those are three teams with talent levels that scream legit Cup contenders, and tells you the Lightning are earning their way back into the high rent district of the league. They're halfway to the segment goal of 12 points just 3 of 10 games into the segment, so they've got an opportunity to carve away at that 5 point deficit from their stinky performance in the previous 10 games. The schedule doesn't lighten up any, but it's certainly not any worse than the league heavies the Lightning put away these past three contests.

Jonathan Marchessault had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 11:05. His coming out party continues. He created the lone regulation goal by picking off a pass at the Kings blueline and showing good awareness to move it quickly to Johnson in open space. And, in the Shootout, he abused one of the best goaltenders in the world with a laser beam top shelf. He's making a case for himself nightly now.

Luke Witkowski had 3 hits in 5:28. Not a chance he was seeing much ice time in a game this tight on the scoreboard. Not a chance for any young d-man in the #7 role coming up from Syracuse. He got in and out of his 7 shifts without much incident, and that'll keep the coach's happy enough for tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 11-25-15 Crunch at Americans

Crunch battle back from 2 goal deficit to salvage a point.

RCH-4 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss. Not a great stat line, but the defense in front of him was a bit tardy tonight.

First Period
RCH Ruhwedel, (1) (Donovan, O'Reilly), 5:26 (PP)
RCH Rodrigues, (1) (Akeson, Dupuy), 9:32
SYR Taormina, (4) (Paradis, Dotchin), 16:04

Second Period
RCH Carrier, (3) (Bailey, O'Reilly), 17:24

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (1) (Blunden), 9:18
SYR Tambellini, (6) (McGinn, Taormina), 19:11

RCH Dupuy, (2) , 1:49

Jeff Tambellini was the game's third star.

The Crunch's veterans pulled the sled tonight with Mike Angelidis keying the comeback by finally getting the monkey off his back with his first goal of the campaign. It's much needed with Marchessault up top in Tampa Bay.

Box score from

Liiga Game Day: 11-25-15

SaiPa 3 vs. KalPa 4 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 2-1-3, E, 10 PIM

Jonne Tammela had a minor for charging in 13:55 of ice time in KalPa's 4-3 OT win over SaiPa. Ex-Flyers pick Jussi Timonen, brother of ex-NHLer Kimmo Timonen, had a pair of goals, including the OT winner, and 3 points for KalPa in the win.

KHL Game Day: 11-25-15

Chelyabinsk 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/28, 1.00 GAA, .964 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 13-9-6, 0 SO, 2.20 GAA, .920 sv%

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 1 goal and 3 points in Magnitka's 4-1 win over Chelyabinsk. Traktor scored a garbage time goal with 7:59 left in the contest to spoil Vasily Koshechkin's bid for his first shutout of the season. The netminder had 5 a season ago.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 44

This week's “Roman Hamrlik Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 44
· The first Bolt prospect
· Hamrlik vs Hedman
· #TampaCuse to the rescue
· A reluctant shake-up
· Three regulars raising their games
· Player-by-player trend report for Syracuse
· Interview with Syracuse’s Daniel Walcott

Note: The #BPMailbag will be a text edition this week, posted to the site soon.

Liiga Game Day: 11-24-15

KooKoo 0 vs. KalPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 8 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:57 in KalPa's 3-0 whitewashing of KooKoo. Ex-Oilers pick Samu Perhonen turned aside all 15 shots he faced for the shutout.

KHL Game Day: 11-24-15

Kazan 3 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 7 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-11-21, +10, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:23 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. SKA got a pair of helpers from ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk in the loss.

Jokerit 3 vs. Yaroslavl 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Isles pick Jesse Joensuu had a goal for Jokerit in their 3-1 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius stopped 19/20 for the win.

Zagreb 2 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 20 PIM

Carter Ashton took three separate minors for high sticking in 15:04 of ice time in Novgorod's 2-1 loss to Zagreb. Zagreb's opening goal came from ex-Isles pick Mark Katic.

ECHL Game Night: 11-23-15

Atlanta Gladiators 4 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-0-6, -3, 2 PIM, 29 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, injured reserve
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 0-2-2, -7, 12 PIM, 8 SOG

Brian Hart and Charlie Dodero arrived from Syracuse in time for this rare Monday night home tilt against I-85 rivals Atlanta Gladiators, but neither player could deliver a big play to secure a win. The Swamp Rabbits rallied from a 3-1 deficit, but fell one goal short as a mid-period power play marker in the final frame by the ATL being the difference maker. Greenville embarks upon four game road trip over the Thanksgiving holidays with stops in Norfolk, Reading, and Adirondack.

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