This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· The Marty St. Louis Story – It shouldn't have ended this way
· Jonathan Drouin should play for Canada
· Interview with Joel Vermin
· BP Mailbag (Koekkoek’s progress… who replaces Brewer? … projecting Tanner Richard)
· Weekly prospect review
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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 November 24, 2014 is … Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).
The Lightning have a key ingredient to their future success stowed away in Quebec City.
Adam Erne, one of the few true power forward prospects in the system, is too young for the AHL so the Lightning sent him back to juniors to wreak havoc on his fellow teenagers, which he is doing.
The Lightning are a smallish skill club known for their speed and tenacity. Erne (6-1, 218) will provide more size in the lineup to balance out the likes of Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin. He has enough skill, however, to be a prime contributor on any line rather than a complementary player whose sole role is to win wall battles and create space.
Karpat 5 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was held off the scoresheet in 11:19 of ice time in HPK's 5-2 loss to Karpat. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had a goal in defeat for HPK. Karpat got 1 goal and 1 assist from former Bruins 2nd rounder Ivan Huml.
Togliatti 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 12/14, 2.01 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 18-3-4, 3 SO, 1.57 GAA, .942 sv%
Ex-Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of goals to lead Magnitka to a 4-2 win over Lada Togliatti. Ex-Lightning pick Fedor Fedorov had a helper in defeat for Lada.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 (SO)
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/9 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 17 GP: 1-9-10, -7, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Cape Breton came into the game with one win in its last 10 games, but earned a shootout victory over the Phoenix. Darcy, who appears to have fallen to the third line in terms of usage, is pointless in his last three games and in seven of his last eight. He has three assists in November. The Eagles acquired more help this week hoping to turn their abysmal season around.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 6-18-24, E, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo had the primary assist on Sarnia’s insurance goal, scored on the power play late in the second period.
Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-3-9, -7, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
Plymouth’s Sonny Milano, a Blue Jackets first rounder from last summer, had a goal and three points to lead the Whalers over the Spits, 4-3. DiGiacinto is pointless in his last four games and has just two goals and one assist in 10 games this month.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 2
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-20-34, +9, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point scored on the power play in the closing seconds of the first period to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead en route to a 4-2 win. Moose Jaw’s captain has points in seven straight games.
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 1
D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas had two assists last game, but missed Wednesday night’s game. Hitman play-by-play broadcaster Brad Curle tells us Thomas suffered a lower body injury on Sunday and is expected to miss about a week.
Marty returns to Tampa... leaves with a L.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the victory. It's so hard to stay sharp and keep a high sv% when you're facing so few shots. Good problem to have, though.
5:25 TB Stamkos (15), (Filppula, Callahan)(PP)
9:00 NYR Zuccarello (4), (Nash)
11:04 NYR Boyle (1), (Stepan, Brassard)(PP)
17:34 TB Callahan (9), (Garrison, Stamkos)(PP)
10:17 TB Callahan (10), (Stamkos, Killorn)
9:38 TB Kucherov (8), (Johnson, Carle)
12:49 NYR Nash (15), (unassisted)
On a night when all the focus was on Martin St. Louis returning to Tampa just 2 points shy of 1,000 for his career, he was held off the board and Ryan Callahan posted 2 goals and 1 assist, instead. I wouldn't have bet on this when the trade went down, but you can make a pretty darned iron clad argument at this juncture Ryan Callahan's a better NHL player than Martin St. Louis right now. The fact the Lightning also got Slats to cough up 2 first rounders in the transaction just makes it all the more lopsided. I can't see the deal getting better looking for the Rangers as time wears on. 5 years from now I suspect it'll be pretty clear Steve Yzerman stole Sather's Rolex, car keys, and the shirt off his back in that trade. And, in his own selfish, petulant way, Marty may have done the Lightning one last solid on their way to becoming an elite superpower in the league.
Overall, I thought the Lightning again showed they're 1-2 weight classes above the Rangers in strength. In the normal run of play, the Rangers were nowhere in this contest, getting outshot 29-19. They manufactured some goals off of faceoffs and an early period turnover, but everything else was pretty well controlled by Tampa Bay. In fact, had the Lightning not sagged a little in focus right after the Marty tribute video, when the team surrendered 2 quickies, I suspect the game might've been as big a squash as the game played at MSG. The Rangers are a very mediocre-at-best team right now, and I fully expect them to surrender a pick in the 10-15 range to the Lightning in the summer draft. Beating them at every opportunity only helps to make that prophecy reality.
Cedric Paquette had 1 shot in 11:30.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 hits in 12:19.
Quad City Mallards 0 at Wichita Thunder 2
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 6-8-14, +3, 8 PIM, 47 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 21 PIM, 13 SOG
The Thunder allowed just 12 Quad City shots Wednesday night for the 2-0 shutout. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier was credited with the primary helper on the power-play empty-net insurance goal with 61 seconds remaining. Wichita next plays a three-in-three this weekend against Missouri, Allen, and Tulsa.
After his Frozen Dome brilliance, Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 35 shots for the loss. Still waiting for that one cathartic moment when it all clicks for the big Russian.
SYR Gourde, (9) (Paradis), 1:23
UTI DeFazio, (8) (Archibald), 5:37
UTI Archibald, (2) (DeFazio, Acton), 11:27
UTI Grenier, (6) (Jensen, Biega), 15:42 (PP)
SYR Paradis, (2) (Dotchin, Gourde), 16:09
UTI Kenins, (4) (Tommernes, Shinkaruk), 18:34 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (7) (Nesterov), 11:29 (PP)
SYR Richard, (4) (Gourde, Cote), 12:44
UTI Archibald, (3) (Jensen, Acton), 15:48
Unfortunately, after climbing all the way back into the 4-4 tie, the team promptly coughed up the lead goal to Utica, erasing any hope at moral victories. At least Yanni Gourde, Tanner Richard, and Philippe Paradis continue to raise holy hell for the Crunch. That trio has 33 points in 11 games in the month of November. Kind of a Modin/Richards/St. Louis-esque trio there in how the line works.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Mytischi 2 vs. Sochi 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-2-3, E, 16 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 21:56 of ice time in Mytischi's 4-2 loss to HC Sochi. Sochi got a goal from ex-Wings pick Cory Emmerton in the match.
No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 1 Boston University 2 (OT)
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-6, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
Boston University’s first game as the country’s top-ranked team ended up an overtime loss to Harvard, 3-2. Kyle Criscuolo (undrafted) had the game-winning goal for the Crimson. Neither Lightning prospect figured in the game’s scoring.