Prospect of the Week (2.6.12)
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, because the fame that comes with this award is too big for a mantle or wall.
We just 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 (Harvard, NCAA).
Yes, again. Heâ€™s good.
Killorn was a co-winner last week with Tri-City (USHL) goaltender Adam Wilcox, but this past week â€“ a rather slow week in prospect land â€“ he earned the award again.
The Harvard senior only played one game this week, but he had three points. Anyone averaging three points per game for the week gets serious consideration. Killornâ€™s three-assist game came Friday night against fellow Lightning prospect Matt Peca and Quinnipiac University. Harvard won the game 6-3 after trailing 3-1. Peca had two assists for the Bobcats.
Killorn also scored in Mondayâ€™s Beanpot semi-final game, which Harvard lost to Boston University, 3-1. So heâ€™s the early leader for next weekâ€™s award, too.
He will likely join the Norfolk Admirals â€“ pending an NHL or AHL contract â€“ at the conclusion of Harvardâ€™s season. Itâ€™s been more than four years since the Lightning drafted Killorn in the third round and heâ€™s worth the wait. He will join prospect forwards such as Cory Conacher, Brett Connolly, Carter Ashton, and maybe Richard Panik next year battling for a limited number of spots on the Lightningâ€™s roster. Early odds are on Killorn starting in the AHL since Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman likes to take a slow approach to prospect development.
Previous BP Prospects of the Week:
Adam Wilcox, Tri-City (USHL) and Alex Killorn, Harvard (NCAA) - January 30, 2012
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr. (Russia) - January 24, 2012
Riku Helenius, JYP (Finland) - January 16, 2012
Brett Connolly, Canada (U20 WJC) - January 10, 2012
*Due to the Christmas break when few games below the NHL level were played, no POTW award was given.
Mark Barberio, Norfolk Admirals (AHL) - December 19, 2011
Vladislav Namestnikov, London Knights (OHL) - December 12, 2011
Tyler Johnson, Norfolk Admirals (AHL) - December 5, 2011
Alex Killorn, Harvard (NCAA) - November 28, 2011
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