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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 66

This week’s “He Who Plays for a Team that Shan’t Be Named Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 66
· Flightless birds lack intelligence
· Conference Final will be determined by…
· Koekkoek’s made his move
· Zettler out in Syracuse; what went wrong?
· Groulx brings energy, expectations to Crunch

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 65

This week’s “Vladdy Namestnikov Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 65
· Project picks & Vladdy's future
· Keys to NYI series win haven’t changed
· The burning Drouin question
· The burning Stamkos question
· Interviews with Black Aces Koekkoek, DeAngelo, Blujus, and Erne

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 64

This week’s “Mike Commodore Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 64
· Biggest jersey fail in Lightning history
· Red Wings review
· NYI Game 1 recap – Should we Panik?
· Who wears the goat horns for Game 1?
· A new intangible for Ryan Callahan
· Next step for each Black Ace

The BP Mailbag

The #BPMailbag returns as a text edition this week, right in the thick of the playoffs.

Let’s get started…

@trfernandezNHL:
@BoltProspects why did #tblightning take Brian Hart instead of [ghost][bear]?

Let the record show this is the first #BPMailbag question asked with emojis. The Lightning took Brian Hart with their second 2012 second-round pick (the team’s fourth pick), at 53 overall. Hart was a 6-3 center coming off a 32-goal, 68-point season in just 29 games for Phillips Exeter Academy. He was a big athlete (soccer star) with good hands and high-end production.

They had already taken defensemen Slater Koekkoek (lefty) at 10 and Dylan Blujus (righty) at 40, with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy at 19. It made sense to go with a forward there, and with their fourth pick, they could swing for the fences. The draft is a crapshoot as it is, but high schoolers are the wild cards of wild cards. You just don’t know if they’re going to be a star or if their numbers are just inflated due to competition. It made sense to swing for the fences there. Gostisbehere (lefty) went at 78, so the Lightning technically took Tanner Richard before him, too (and Philly took two others before him).

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