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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 79

This week’s “Vladimir Vujtek Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 79
· Lightning’s identity crisis
· Words I never thought I’d say
· What’s next?
· Six Bolt prospects camping with Team Canada
· Brad Richards: Best Lightning prospect season ever
· #BPMailbag (Forward prospects … Dougie Hamilton talk … What can TB spend for a D? … Coop on hot seat? … Vladdy regressing? … Fancy stats … Can Yzerman sign himself? … Day jobs … D-depth worries … Irritating announcers … DeAngelo DeRegrets? … Possible return pieces for Bishop)

CHL Game Night: 12-1-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (SO)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 25 GP, 15-6-21, +4, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 25 GP, 23-17-40, +20, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 23 GP, 16-10-26, +3, 30 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Twenty-some games into the season and Boko is within one goal of Dennis Yan. Didn’t see that coming. To make matters more confusing, Yan has more penalty minutes than Boko. What a weird world we live in. On Thursday night in Shawinigan, Boko’s Dogs beat Yan’s Cataractes, 3-2, in a shootout. Boko scored both his goals with less than two minutes left and within 45 seconds of each other. All three Lightning prospects in the game were involved in the shootout, and all three missed their opportunities. All three Lightning prospects will probably be in Syracuse next season together.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

The Petes broke a 2-2 third period tie and went on to beat the visiting Steelheads, 4-2.

NHL Game Night: 12-1-16 Lightning at Blues

How many mistakes by #89 do you need to see before you make a move?


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 16 shots before giving way to Ben Bishop who allowed 1 goal on 10 shots for the dreaded backdoor loss. I can't blame the goaltenders for any of those 5 goals.

First Period
1:39 STL Tarasenko (11), (Parayko)
9:37 STL Tarasenko (12), (Steen, Shattenkirk)(PP)
10:39 TB Paquette (2), (Drouin, Vermin)
13:17 STL Shattenkirk (5), (Steen, Fabbri)(PP)

Second Period
1:44 STL Shattenkirk (6), (Steen, Tarasenko)(PP)
14:25 TB Johnson (8), (Kucherov, Palat)

Third Period
1:41 TB Kucherov (12), (Hedman, Boyle)(PP)
8:11 STL Tarasenko (13), (Fabbri, Shattenkirk)
11:56 TB Paquette (3), (Drouin, Vermin)

Cedric Paquette was the game's third star.

Valiant effort by the Lightning who overcame a ton of early mistakes in this game to make it competitive in the Third Period. There were a lot of silver linings in this loss that hopefully the team can build off, presuming they can correct the stupid mistakes that led to all 5 goals, be it the turnovers than yielded 2 of the goals directly or the penalties that yielded the other 3.

With that said, I'm placing the goat horns firmly upon the brow of Nikita Nesterov. He had two turnovers that led to a penalty and a goal in the first case and a goal directly in the second case. When you couple that with the fact that just before the second mistake he had the tying goal on his stick and missed the net, I'll come out and say it: I'm over 89. The whole calculus with an offensive defenseman is he's supposed to give you a possession and skill advantage that cancels out any negatives at the defensive end of the ice. But when a guy stinks this bad at his decision making in the offensive zone, struggles regularly with corralling pucks and moving them, and doesn't put points on the board when the chances come, why should the Lightning waste 17:00 of ice time on him? I'll take Dylan Blujus over that tomorrow. Cripes, I'll take the ghost of Yves Racine over him right now.

Halfway through the third 10-game segment of the season, the Lightning are in significant trouble with 27 points. They need 9 of 10 possible points to close the segment to stay on playoff pace and 10 of 10 if they want to get to the desired 12 for the segment. That seems incredibly unlikely at this hour, so the question of the night may be just how deep the hole will be that the Lightning have to dig out of once the next 5 game stretch concludes.

Brayden Point was -2 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:24.

Joel Vermin had 2 helpers and was +2 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:13. He made a definitive statement tonight. He was active and he was dangerous, far more so than fellow call up Bournival. He gave the Lightning exactly what they needed from that transaction. Very impressed.

Box score and extended statistics from

Liiga Game Day: 12-1-16

KalPa 4 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen did not dress for SaiPa's 4-2 loss to KalPa. SaiPa sits in 12th on the 15 team Liiga table.

MHL Game Day: 12-1-16

Novgorod Jr. 3 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 36 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was scoreless in Loko Jr.'s 3-2 loss to Novgorod Jr. Sosunov has yet to find the scoresheet in 19 MHL games this year.

KHL Game Day: 12-1-16

Beijing 3 vs. St. Petersburg 5
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 15-30-45, +28, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on the first of Evgeny Dadonov's three goals as SKA defeated the Kunlun Red Stars of Beijing 5-3. Gusev played 15:13 in the match. He remains third in the KHL in scoring, but has fallen to 9 points back of league leader Sergei Mozyakin of Magnitogorsk. Gusev is also second in the league in assists, 2 back of linemate Vadim Shipachyov.

CHL Game Night: 11-30-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 17/22 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-11-17, -3, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Callum Booth (Carolina) stopped 31 of 32 shots for the victory and first star Wednesday night in Quebec City.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 5 @ North Bay Battalion 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 15/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 23 GP, 13-19-32, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli assisted on Oshawa’s second and third goals, helping the Gens to a 5-2 win in North Bay.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 25 GP, 13-11-24, +6, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk scored twice to extend his point streak to eight games and goal streak to four games. He’s on pace to shatter last year’s goal total of 24, set in 63 games.

Western Hockey League

Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 52 saves on 55 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 12-9-1-0, 2.23 GAA, .933 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

In his first game since being named to Team Canada’s World Juniors Selection Camp roster, Ingram starred in a 4-3 overtime win the Blazers had no business winning. Ingram stopped 52 shots as Kamloops was outshot 18-5 in the first period, 20-4 in the second, and 17-9 in the third. Kamloops then won in overtime, just like you script it. Ingram was first star and probably shouldn’t pay for a meal for the rest of the season. Mathew Barzal, a NYI first round pick who started the year in the NHL, had a goal and an assist for Seattle.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Red Deer Rebels 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 26 GP: 0-10-10, -7, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Saskatoon continues to struggle as the season progresses, falling to 10-17-1-0.

AHL Game Night: 11-30-16 Crunch at IceCaps

Crunch should've saved some goals for Wednesday.

STJ-3 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 30 shots before allowing 2 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
3:34 SYR Letourneau-Leblond (1), (Ikonen, Hart)

Second Period
16:22 STJ Scherbak (9), (Andrighetto, Eisenschmid)
19:59 STJ Eisenschmid (4), (Scherbak, Andrighetto)

Third Period
5:09 SYR Comrie (1), (Morin, Walcott)


STJ- Audette, Andrighetto

Adam Comrie was the game's third star.

Syracuse finishes their swing through St. John's with 8 goals in 2 games. They just needed one more today, but were a little roster-strapped due to the callups of Vermin and Bournival to Tampa Bay's roster. Still, Syracuse moves within 1 point of Albany for first place in the division with 1 game in hand.

Box score from

Lightning Put 6 on Team Canada Camp Roster

Team Canada announced their selection camp roster yesterday and six of the 32 players are Lightning prospects:

C Mitchell Stephens
C Anthony Cirelli
C Brett Howden
W Mathieu Joseph
W Taylor Raddysh
G Connor Ingram

CHL Game Night: 11-29-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Rimouski Oceanic 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-6-19, +2, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 23-15-38, +18, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Imama and Joseph had three of Saint John’s five goals as the Sea Dogs skated out to a 5-0 lead and won, 5-1. The Sea Dogs improved to 17-6-2-1, which ties Rouyn-Noranda for the top spot on the QMJHL table.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Erie Otters 9

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 3-2-5, +5, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 23-32-55, +34, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh celebrated his invitation to Team Canada’s selection camp with a hat trick and two assists Tuesday. Raddysh’s linemates Dylan Strome (1-4) and Alex DeBrincat (3-2) also had five points. Strome was named to Canada’s camp and DeBrincat will be in USA’s arena. Erie is 19-5-2 and tied with London for most points in the OHL. Raddysh remains first in points, assists, plus/minus, and insurance goals (4) in the OHL.

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