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 Evan Oberg has donated some airline miles for the winner.
And a luggage set. And a shortcut around the trams at Tampa International.
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€¦ Pat Nagle, Goaltender, Florida (ECHL).
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired a first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft as well as defenseman Sebastien Piche in a three-team trade Wednesday, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. The Lightning traded forward Steve Downie to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Kyle Quincey. Tampa Bay then sent Quincey to the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for their first-round pick and Piche.
The Lightning now have two first-round picks in 2012 along with a maximum of four and a minimum of three selections in the second round.
Piche (pictured), 6-foot, 202 pounds, has played in 42 career AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, recording five points (0-5-5). This season he has played in 22 games, notching three assists. Piche signed with the Red Wings as a free agent on April 12, 2009.
Piche has been assigned to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
The Lightning also acquired forward Brendon Segal from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Matt Fornataro on Wednesday. Fornataro was on an AHL contract with Norfolk.
South Carolina Stingrays 1 @ Florida Everblades 2 (OT)
LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 1-1-2, +1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 20 GP, 11-11-22, +8, 22 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 17 GP, 2-4-6, +3, 4 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-5-5, -3, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 32 saves on 33 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 17-12-0-3, 2.86 GAA, .904 sv%, 1 SO
It was another good night for Lightning prospects and draftees in southwest Florida. One night after Hutchings, Kevin Quick, and Nagle were the gameâ€™s three stars, Lightning prospect Charles Landry was first star, followed by Nagle and Hutchings after the â€˜Blades topped the Stingrays in overtime. Hutchings had the game winner for Florida and set up Landry for Landryâ€™s second professional goal. Landryâ€™s goal was scored when his slap shot from the point found its way to the back of the net. Hutchings scored from a knee while banging in a rebound with 2:17 to go in overtime. He has 10 points (four goals) in six games since he came back from missing three months with an injury. Considering his strong start to the year, one wonders if he wouldnâ€™t be in AHL Norfolk now if it wasnâ€™t for the injury. Not to be forgotten, Nagle was only beat on a breakaway that occurred when Florida got caught in a line change. He has three straight wins. Florida won four of five from South Carolina over the last two weeks. They are now four points behind the Stingrays in the South Division and remain four points up on Cincinnati as the Eastâ€™s seventh seed. (Photo courtesy of swamphockey.com)
South Carolina Stingrays 1 @ Florida Everblades 4
LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 2-0-2, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), *First Star*
Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-10-20, +7, 22 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-2-2, +3, 1 SOG, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-5-5, -4, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 34 saves on 35 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 16-12-0-3, 2.92 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO
It was a good night for Lightning prospects and draftees in southwest Florida. Alex Hutchings (pictured) continued his torrid pace since missing nearly three months because of an injury, scoring twice in a 4-1 win. He has eight points (three goals) in five games since he came back. Former Lightning draftee Kevin Quick, who is under contract with AHL Norfolk, had two assists and was named second star to Hutchingsâ€™ first star. Lightning prospect goaltender Pat Nagle was solid in net, stopping 34 shots for his second win in a row. Florida has played the Stingrays four consecutive games and the two play each other again Saturday night at the Everbladesâ€™ rink. Florida leads the mini-series 3-1 and is now just five points back of South Carolina for third in the South Division. Florida has two games in hand. They are now four points up on Cincinnati for the Eastern Conferenceâ€™s seventh seed, though the Cyclones have six games in hand on the â€˜Blades.
South Carolina Stingrays 3 @ Florida Everblades 4 (OT)
LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-2-2, +2, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (holding the stick, high sticking)
Season Totals: 18 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 22 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 4 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -7, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season Totals: 32 GP, 15-12-0-3, 2.98 GAA, .899 sv%, 1 SO
Playing the Stingrays for the third game in a row, the Everblades scored twice in the third period and once in overtime to take Game 3 of their mini-series. The overtime winner came from former Montreal Canadiens first rounder David Fischer. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings had the primary assist. The Everblades tied the game with about a minute left in regulation. Florida has two wins over South Carolina in the last week. Hutchings was playing his first game at home since November and has at least a point in all four games since returning from a serious upper-body injury. He is now back to a point-per-game pace. Pat Nagle got his first start in six days and earned his first win since he beat Chicago on January 11.