This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but weâ€™re fairly certain Brendan Shanahan will make a video about it.
Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospectâ€™s achievement on the ice.
This weekâ€™s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to â€¦ our first repeat winner, Vladislav Namestnikov, Center, London Knights (OHL â€“ Canada)
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-16-18, E, 27 PIM
The Olympiques scored to take a 3-1 lead in the third period then gave up a goal 22 seconds later. They were able to hang on for the win.
Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 28 GP, 0-4-4, -8, 27 PIM
Milanâ€™s scoreless streak hit 10 games in a loss to the Sags. The Wildcats seem lost without captain Brandon Gormley, who is with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships.
London Knights 2 @ Guelph Storm 1
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 16-22-38, +9, 28 PIM
Namestnikov earned an assist on Lightning camper Seth Griffithâ€™s 24th goal of the season that tied the game at 1. Tie Domiâ€™s son Max won the game for the Knights in overtime â€“ his 12th goal of the year. With 44 points in 31 games Griffith (pictured) is seventh in the league in scoring. He had 62 points (22 goals) in 68 games last year before joining the Lightning for prospect and rookie camp as a free agent invitee. It is still possible he could be signed by the Lightning after the new year. Someone is going to get him.
Des Moines Buccaneers 5 @ Tri-City Storm 3
G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 28 saves on 32 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 5 GP, 1-4-0, 3.22 GAA, .910 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO
After winning his first game as a member of the Storm, Wilcox has dropped his last four, though he has managed to maintain a respectable save percentage through the slump.
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 27 GP, 2-16-18, +1, 27 PIM
Gatineau broke a four game losing streak and Janosik snapped a five game scoreless streak as the Olympiques avenged an overtime loss to the Eagles earlier in the week with a 5-2 home win Friday. Emile Poirier (2013 draft) had a hat trick for Gatineau, which doubled the rookieâ€™s goal output for the year. Janosik, as expected, was named to Team Slovakiaâ€™s preliminary roster for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championships. He had five assists in six games for Slovakia at last yearâ€™s WJCs.
Peterborough Petes 4 @ London Knights 7
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-4-4, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 16-21-37, +9, 28 PIM
Namestnikov (pictured) tied a career high with four points and his linemate (and Lightning camper) Seth Griffith had a hat trick and an assist to lead London to a 7-4 home win over the Petes. Namestnikovâ€™s four points were a season high for him, but he had a four point game (3+1) last February against Barrie. His four assists in the game were a career high.
London Knights 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 16-18-34, +13, 28 PIM
Namestnikov was a game-time decision because of the flu, but gave the okay-to-go after warm-ups. Unfortunately for him and the Knights, they fell to Kitchener for the second time this season. The game was played in Kitchener at "The Aud" (pictured). Namestnikov, who was left off the Russian preliminary U20 World Junior Championship roster earlier in the day (heâ€™s expected to join the team when they get to Canada), was scoreless for the second game in a row. Lightning camper Seth Griffith scored his 20th of the season in the game. London is just four points up on Kitchener for first in the OHLâ€™s Midwest Division.
Tri-City Storm 2 @ Fargo Force 3
G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 3 GP, 1-2-0, 3.60 GAA, .903 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .919 sv%, 1 SO
The Storm dropped both games against previously struggling Fargo this weekend.
Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6
D Daniel Milan, MON: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 25 GP, 0-4-4, E, 23 PIM
Not a good start to a lengthy road trip for Moncton.
QMJHL Note: Teenage phenom Nathan MacKinnon (pictured), 16, had five goals for Halifax in a win over Quebec Saturday night. The Halifax native has 19 goals and 49 points in 29 games so far this season. Expect him to go first overall in the 2013 NHL draft.
London Knights 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 16-18-34, +13, 28 PIM
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 20 GP, 0-7-7, -1, 16 PIM
Namestnikovâ€™s four game point streak was snapped in a road win over Geoffrey Schemitsch-less Owen Sound. Namestnikovâ€™s teammate, Andreas Athanasiou (2012 draft eligible), had four goals in the game. Schemitsch hasnâ€™t played since November 12 because of an upper body injury.