For Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler, a leader doesn't have to be the loudest one on the ice.
Case in point: Crunch assistant captain and frequent Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette.
A player known for his high compete level, Paquette has registered seven points in five games with the Crunch and has developed into a quality depth player for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who recalled the second-year pro on Tuesday.
"I like what he brings to the table on the ice," Zettler said of the 21-year-old forward. "His work ethic in practice, his work ethic in a game -- it doesn't change. That's what I like about him, and that's why he has an A on his sweater. You don't always have to be a loud or a vocal guy to be a leader."
With the debut of our podcast this year, the #BPMailbag – text version – has disappeared like Sharks in the playoffs. Realizing not everyone can listen to mailbag answers on the podcast, here’s a Cliff (Ronning?) Notes version of the latest edition of the #BPMailbag.
To submit questions, use the #BPMailbag hashtag on Twitter (@boltprospects), email email@example.com, or ask on the message boards.
On to the questions:
Six games into his rookie season, Jake Dotchin is all about being a student.
Crunch coach Rob Zettler noticed the defenseman's focus on improvement, comparing the rookie to a sponge.
"First off, a great work ethic and a fun kid to be around," Zettler said of the 20-year-old. "He tries to absorb all of it. He's a bit of a sponge that way."
Dotchin recorded his first pro point and fight last weekend, recording an assist in Syracuse’s loss to Portland Saturday and having a short-but-spirited bout with Matheiu Gagnon in a 5-1 loss to Springfield Saturday.
"There are a lot of firsts for everybody -- the fights, the points," Zettler said. "Just feeling the speed, feeling how quick this league is and how good it is, they still have a long way to go. They have taken some strides, but they're still learning."
This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· Jonathan Drouin's ice time (or lack thereof) in home opener
· Nikita Kucherov, all-star?
· Inside our latest rankings
· BP Mailbag (The Wilcox question, goaltender depth chart flip-flop, Bad timing for Connolly)
· Weekly prospect review
Upcoming appearances with Lightning Radio:
Jonathan Marchessault tallied up the time.
A three hour flight to Minnesota, two hours back to Boston, and another hour and a half drive to Springfield. The three-day excursion was a little more straining on his body than the usual call-up, but the Syracuse Crunch forward was happy to make his Tampa Bay Lightning debut, even if it was just one game.
"It was a helluva ride, but I think it was good for me," Marchessault said. "It was a positive to get called up."