Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 10, 2014

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 10, 2014 is … Jonathan Drouin, C/W, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL – Canada).

We’re sorry, Jonathan.

Last week in our Bolt Prospect of the Week write-up, we made special note of the fact that Matt Peca had done something that super-prospect Jonathan Drouin had never done – get six points in one game.

Scratch that.

On Tuesday of last week, Drouin had six points by the end of the second period. He and the Mooseheads were up 10-0 at that time over Cape Breton, so Drouin sat most of the final stanza. He finished the game with a goal, five assists, and a plus-7 rating.

Our top-ranked prospect secured our weekly award that night, but had an assist the following game for good measure. Drouin sat out Saturday’s game because he was sick. All of him. Usually it’s just his hands.

Quite simply, the Lightning have never had a prospect as good as Drouin who wasn’t already in the NHL (Lecavalier, Stamkos, Hedman). Brad Richards comes close, but Drouin projects as a superstar and if he stays next to Steven Stamkos, could win multiple Art Ross trophies as the league’s top scorer. As he proved again this week, he’s a point machine who will enter the Lightning lineup next fall.

For the season, Drouin has 96 points (25 goals) in 43 games to go with a plus-47 rating. He is fifth on the league scoring table despite playing significantly less games. He is also second in assists and fifth in plus/minus. Drouin set a new career high for assists with 71 (and counting), but with just three games left, he may not hit the Halifax record of 80.

Consider it another challenge.

Honorable Mention: Vladdy Namestnikov, C, Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

2013-2014 Prospect of the Week winners:

March 3: Matt Peca, C, (Quinnipiac Bobcats, NCAA).
February 25: Kristers Gudlevskis, G, (Team Latvia, IIHF).
February 17: Brian Hart, W, (Harvard Crimson, NCAA, USA).
February 10: Matt Peca, C, (Quinnipiac Bobcats, NCAA, USA).
February 3: Adam Wilcox, G, (Minnesota Golden Gophers, NCAA, USA).
January 27: Dylan Blujus, D, (North Bay Battalion, OHL, Canada).
January 20: Mark Barberio, D, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
January 13: Kristers Gudlevskis, G, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
January 6: Ondrej Palat, LW, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
December 17: Tyler Johnson, C, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
December 10: Ondrej Palat, W, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
December 3: Cedric Paquette, C, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
November 26: Tyler Johnson, C, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
November 19: Jonathan Drouin, C/W, (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL, Canada).
November 13: Jonathan Drouin, C/W, (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL, Canada).
November 4: Nikita Kucherov, W, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
October 29: Kristers Gudlevskis, G, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
October 24: Henri Ikonen, W, (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL, Canada).
October 16: Nikita Kucherov, W, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
October 9: Henri Ikonen, W, (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL, Canada).
October 1: Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, (Salavat Yulaev, KHL, Russia).
September 24: Adam Erne, W, Tampa Bay (NHL) and Quebec (QMJHL)