Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 3/5-3/11

It couldn't be anyone else this week...

D Andreas Holmqvist Linkopings (SWE)

When defenseman Andreas Holmqvist left North America after two unsuccessful seasons in the Lightning minor league organization, it seemed a foregone conclusion any chance the young blueliner had to play in the NHL had passed. Quietly and steadily though, Holmqvist has continued to develop his game at the Elitserien level and in numerous international tournaments for Sweden. Now 25 years old, Holmqvist is breaking out at Sweden's highest level and after a career best regular season he exploded in the first week of the Elitserien playoffs. Playing on Linkopings' top pairing, Holmqvist guided his club to a quick 3-0 series lead against Lulea by posting team best point totals with 2 goals and 5 points through 3 games. In Game One of the series, Holmqvist struck for a pair of power play assists as his team romped to a 6-1 win. In Game Two, Holmqvist scored an even strength goal in a tight 3-2 win. Then, in Game Three, Holmqvist scored the game winning goal on a two-man advantage and added a power play assist in a 2-1 victory. Take a look at the Lightning organization and you'll notice the only thing more lacking than offensive defenseman prospects is righthanded defenseman prospects. Holmqvist fills both, and with a strong World Championships he may very well defy the odds and play his way back into the Lightning's plans.

Holmqvist's Statistics 3/5-3/11:
3 GP, 2-3-5, 2 PIM, -1

Previous Prospects of the Week
2/26-3/4, D Vladimir Mihalik, Prince George (WHL)
2/19-2/25, G Morgan Cey, Johnstown (ECHL)
2/12-2/18, LW/C Adam Henrich, Springfield (AHL)/Johnstown (ECHL)
2/5-2/11, LW/C Adam Henrich, Springfield (AHL)/Johnstown (ECHL)
1/29-2/4, D Vladimir Mihalik, Prince George (WHL)
1/22-1/28, D Dane Crowley, Everett (WHL)
1/15-1/21, RW/C Chris Lawrence, Mississauga (OHL)
1/8-1/14, G Morgan Cey, Johnstown (ECHL)
1/1-1/7, RW/C Chris Lawrence, Mississauga (OHL)
12/25-12/31, G Karri Ramo, Springfield (AHL)
12/18-12/24, LW Eric Healey, Springfield (AHL)
12/11-12/17, RW/C Chris Lawrence, Mississauga (OHL)
12/4-12/10, D Dane Crowley, Swift Current (WHL)
11/27-12/3, G Jonathan Boutin, Springfield (AHL)/G Gerald Coleman, Johnstown (ECHL)/Springfield(AHL)
11/20-11/26, G Karri Ramo, Springfield (AHL)
11/13-11/19, G Karri Ramo, Springfield (AHL)
11/6-11/12, RW Stanislav Lascek, Johnstown (ECHL)
10/30-11/5, LW Justin Keller, Springfield (AHL)
10/23-10/29, C Blair Jones, Springfield (AHL)
10/16-10/22, LW Norm Milley, Springfield (AHL)
10/9-10/15, RW Stanislav Lascek, Johnstown (ECHL)
10/2-10/8, C Dimitri Kazionov, Kazan (RUS)