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Crunch's Richard Provides Physicality, Playmaking Ability


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard is at his best when he is playing his game and taking his opponents off theirs.

The Crunch center has registered a point in nine out of his last 13 games to cement himself among Syracuse’s top scorers. But Crunch Head Coach Rob Zettler believes a big part of Richard’s success comes down to being tough to play against.

“He’s getting back to being a bit of a pain in the butt out there, which is when he’s good,” Zettler said. “He just seems more engaged physically, and more engaged in moving his feet down low and on the cycle plays offensively.”

Prospect of the Week: 3-24-15

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 March 24, 2015 is … Adam Wilcox, G, University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA – USA).

Playing goaltender for the University of Minnesota isn’t for the faint of heart. For everything positive – and Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox had plenty of positives in his first two years with the Gophers – the negatives are amplified to a level of criticism not seen in many hockey circles. Minnesota was the top-ranked team early in the year, then fell out of the rankings completely. As a result, Wilcox has trudged through a river of disparagement for inconsistent play and what amounts to not living up to the standard that he set himself.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 22

This week's edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 22
· Remembering Matthew Wuest
· Missing on Curran could be big loss for Syracuse D
· More NCAA free agents still out there
· Interview with Slater Koekkoek
· #BPMailbag (Which line is No. 1? … Can TB keep Triplets beyond 2017? … Trade Wilcox’s rights? … Vasy’s timeline to No. 1 … Brayden Point Excitement Meter … TB’s Russian factor … No passing in advance stats? … Most popular TB jerseys 3 years from now)

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To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.

Prospect of the Week: 3-18-15


By Jeremy Houghtaling

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 March 18, 2015 is … Slater Koekkoek, D, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Slater Koekkoek made a key adjustment, and now the points are starting to flow.

A mobile defenseman used to rushing the puck himself in junior hockey, the Syracuse Crunch rookie has learned to make a quick pass and then follow the play to look for offensive opportunities. Koekkoek’s transition has begun to pay dividends, as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2012 first-rounder recorded eight points and is a plus-6 in his last 10 games.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 21

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 21
· How will TB survive after injuries to 13, 18, 55?
· #BPMailbag (Was Syracuse set up to succeed? NCAA free agent watch; Lightning NHL, AHL free agents: who goes, who stays; Addition predictions for Syracuse; Bigger learning curve – Drouin to NHL or linemates to Drouin?)

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