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Prospect of the Week: 11-24-14

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 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.

Liiga Game Day: 11-27-14

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.

KHL Game Day: 11-27-14

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.

Juniors Game Night: 11-26-14

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.

NHL Game Night: 11-26-14 Rangers at Lightning

Marty returns to Tampa... leaves with a L.

NYR-3
TB-4

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.

First Period
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)

Second Period
10:17 TB Callahan (10), (Stamkos, Killorn)

Third Period
9:38 TB Kucherov (8), (Johnson, Carle)
12:49 NYR Nash (15), (unassisted)

Ryan Callahan, Steven Stamkos, and Anton Stralman were the game's three stars.

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.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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