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Prospect of the Week: 10-21-14

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 of the Week for October 21, 2014 is … Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).

#Soon became #Now this week when the long-awaited arrival of Jonathan Drouin finally happened. The Lightning’s top-rated prospect made his NHL debut on Monday night in Edmonton, creating several scoring chances in what was an overall sloppy team loss for the Bolts.

Drouin did not register a point in his NHL debut, marking just the second time in his last 32 games played that he failed to hit the scoresheet (he had 81 points in those 32 games).

Two of those games were with AHL Syracuse last week as Drouin made his professional hockey debut for the Crunch on a conditioning assignment. Drouin was a man among boys in terms of skill and scored the game-winning goal for Syracuse on Friday night, then added two assists on Saturday.

For that performance and his call-up to Tampa Bay, he is our Prospect of the Week.

Drouin projects as a perennial all-star forward and highlight provider who could contend for multiple Art Ross trophies if he stays healthy and in the right situation. At his peak, he could be a 30-goal, 70-assist player on average, especially if he plays with a finisher like Steven Stamkos on his line. That’s a few years from now, but it could come sooner than later if he hits the ground running like he played on Monday. As for this year, he could hit 15-20 goals and 65 points if he gets consistent power play time, which he should do. The year is still young.

Enjoy the show.

Bolt Prospects Rank: 1

Honorable Mention: Luke Witkowski, D (Tampa Bay, NHL); Adam Erne, F/C (Quebec, QMJHL)

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2014-2015 Prospect of the Week winners:

October 15: Vlad Namestnikov, C, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).