Prospect of the Week (11.28.11)
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 pretty sure this carries more weight than an Ivy League degree in some circles (maybe the Google+ circles?).
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€¦ Alex Killorn, Right Wing, Harvard Crimson (NCAA â€“ USA)
The Lightningâ€™s â€œstealthâ€ prospect, Killorn has the size, skating, and talent to contribute at the NHL level within two years. Now a senior at Harvard, Killorn had a big week for the Crimson last week, scoring twice and adding an assist in a wild 7-6 win over New Hampshire. A few nights later he added an assist in a 3-3 tie against Dartmouth.
Killorn, a 2007 third round pick of the Bolts, currently leads the Crimson in scoring with five goals and five assists in eight games.
The 6'2", 207-pound forward will graduate this spring and will likely begin next season in AHL Norfolk. He projects as a scoring line forward who can play both ways and on every line. The Montreal native is a physical player who isn't afraid to get his nose dirty.
Previous BP Prospects of the Week:
Nikita Kucherov, Team Russia/CSKA Jr. (MHL) - November 21, 2011
Vladislav Namestnikov, London Knights (OHL) - November 14, 2011
Dustin Tokarski, Norfolk Admirals (AHL) - November 6, 2011
Riku Helenius, JYP (Finland) - October 30, 2011
Matthew Peca, Quinnipiac Bobcats - October 23, 2011
Radko Gudas, Norfolk Admirals - October 16, 2011
Carter Ashton, Norfolk Admirals - October 9, 2011
Brett Connolly, Tampa Bay Lightning - October 2, 2011
Mattias Ritola, Tampa Bay Lightning - September 25, 2011