This week’s “’94 Draft” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 94
· A TB prospect world, long ago
· Chicago game reaction (Are you kidding me?)
· Team daring you to bury it
· Kucherov vs Drouin
· Point vs Dotchin
· Interview with Libor Hajek
· Rankings reaction, 10-16
KHL Western Conference Finals
(2)St. Petersburg 4 vs. (4)Yaroslavl 1
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 5-7-12, +4, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play assist on an Ilya Kovalchuk goal in SKA's 4-1 Game Two win over Yaroslavl. He played 16:41 in the match. Ex-Penguins and Coyotes forward Sergei Plotnikov led the way for SKA with 2 goals and 3 points in the victory. Meanwhile, in the East, top seed Magnitogorsk has a 1-0 series lead on third seeded Ak Bars Kazan.
Tye McGinn knew he couldn’t sit around and sulk.
The Syracuse Crunch winger missed 53 games over the course of four-plus months as he rehabbed from shoulder surgery, but hardly took the time off. Instead, he put in the work to come back stronger than before.
McGinn and the Crunch have seen immediate dividends, as the veteran forward has points in eight of his last nine games since returning.
“I dedicated a lot of the four months of rehab to working hard,” McGinn said. “I wanted to be in top shape when I came back, and I did a lot of work with the trainers and felt really good coming back. I think our team is playing really well right now, and I’m just kind of working with everyone. The puck is just going in right now.”
This week’s “Daren Puppa Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 93
· TB’s first great goaltender
· How close are the Lightning to the edge of the cliff?
· Junior season over; playoffs loom
· Prospect thoughts based on rankings, 16-25
This week’s “Aaron Gavey Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 92
· TB strutting down street, flaunting massive amount of chest hair
· Gourde, depth stepping up big
· How does Jo Drouin compare to other young stars?
As the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone through the 2016-17 regular season, their seemingly consistent string of injuries to key players has created the need for call-ups from the Syracuse Crunch at levels unseen in seasons past.
The term "TampaCuse" has been used to describe the shuttle of players between the clubs throughout the season more than normal this year.
During Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, the Lightning dressed five players who began the year with the Crunch in the American Hockey League – defenseman Jake Dotchin and forwards Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde, Matthew Peca, and Luke Witkowski.
While each of these players has contributed in an important way for the Lightning this season, Erne and Gourde are two prospects who have been particularly impressive of late.
This week’s “Steven F. Stamkos Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 91
· Where were you when…
· Stamkos rankings
· Trade deadline’s impact on Lightning off the ice
· Defensemen, not defenseman, a summer project
· Syracuse gets deadline attention
· Interview with Dominik Masin
· Syracuse Coach Benoit Groulx talks Dom Masin development
There’s no truth to the rumor that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman got his first good night’s sleep in months last night by laying on a bed of cash – about $5 million worth of that thin green paper.
We like a good story, so we’re going with it. And really, he deserved to sleep on that cash after his latest jedi-like roster moves to keep the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning on course.
Traded C Valtteri Filppula and 2017 fourth- and seventh-round draft picks to Philadelphia for D Mark Streit, who was traded to Pittsburgh for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick.
Dominik Masin has made significant strides during his rookie season in Syracuse.
Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Masin is one of the most improved players on the team, and has increased the defenseman’s responsibilities throughout the season.
Masin is continuing to earn more ice time in all situations as he develops with the Crunch.
“The improvement he’s made this year is huge,” Groulx said. “He’s made big steps forward. … At first when he came in, we would use him five minutes a game. Now he’s playing 18, 19, 20 minutes a game. He’s playing power play. He’s playing (on the penalty kill). That shows you how much he has improved.”