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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 41

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

· The No. 41
· Internal, slump-busting changes ahead for Lightning?
· No changes? What are we protecting?
· 4 TB players elevating their games, but 1 stands out and he’s on the verge of stardom
· Interview with Syracuse’s Joel Vermin

Vermin Making Strides With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Joel Vermin has continued to evolve as a player.

In his second full season in North America, the Syracuse Crunch forward is finding a way to harness his speed and skill, as well as making a habit of going to the hard areas of the ice. The 23-year-old has registered one goal and three assists in the first eight games with Syracuse this season, and is steadily improving many facets of his game.

“I feel really comfortable, I feel really good on the ice,” Vermin said. “I think I’ve made a big step forward from last year. I hope it keeps going like that.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 40

This week's “Dustin Tokarski Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 40
· Should Lightning fans be worried?
· Should Crunch fans be worried?
· Should Rob Zettler be worried?
· Interview with Anthony DeAngelo
· The BP Mailbag (What’s a successful NHL career? … Projecting Vladdy … Favorite pre-Yzerman prospect … Triplet jersey choice … Any impact defensive prospects? … Gudlevskis vs Vasilevskiy … Is it possible to deal a defenseman?)
· Prospect of the Week

Rookie Defenseman DeAngelo Contributing Offense for Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Anthony DeAngelo picked up the loose puck, swooped down the edge of the right wing circle, and picked his spot over the goalie’s glove.

The Syracuse defenseman’s first professional goal during the third period Sunday in Rochester sent the game to overtime and secured a point in the standings for the Crunch. Six games into his rookie season, DeAngelo is showing he can chip in on the scoresheet, but is working on improving his defensive game to take the next step to the National Hockey League.

“It was a little bit of a broken offensive play, but he gathered the puck around the half wall and was patient enough with it to wait and allow their defense to bite a little before he took the shot,” said Syracuse Head Coach Rob Zettler. “He got himself into the prime scoring area, and it was a helluva shot. It went short side high and it was a big goal for us.”

Bolt Prospect of the Week

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 the week ending October 26 is … Kristers Gudlevskis, G, Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL.

Kristers Gudlevskis isn’t exactly a household name. He had his 15 minutes of fame with the Latvian Olympic team two years ago, but since that time he’s quietly faded from the limelight.

“Goo-la-VEE-skees,” as Chicago play-by-play announcer Pat Foley called him, made his return to the NHL this week and all he did was shut out the defending champs in their own barn for 60 minutes.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 39

This week's “Enrico Ciccone Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 39
· Vinny’s Breakfast
· Top line better than the Triplets, now and forevermore?
· Pick an effort level and stick with it
· Koekkoek time (and a soapbox rant)
· The BP Mailbag (Stamkos, Drouin playoff probability … Vladdy’s role … Clark Carle? … Syracuse scratches … Next wave of D ready? … KHL vs AHL … ECHL problems? … Have expectations changed for TB and Syracuse?)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second version of No. 39. The first version contained stories found on the LA Times website concerning an incident with Ciccone that the former player claims are not true. Out of respect for Ciccone, the stories have been edited out of the podcast. Our apologies for passing along misinformation.

Erne Brings Size to Crunch's Top Line


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne knows what he brings to the table every time he hits the ice.

The sturdy left winger, who has begun his rookie season on the Syracuse Crunch’s top line, is responsible for doing the dirty work down low, getting to the front of the net and creating space for his linemates.

Listed at 6-1, 210-pounds, Erne is continuing to develop as a power forward to make the next step to the NHL.

“He has a good work ethic, a big body, and he’s been good down low,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “He’s still got to work on some of the details of his game, you can find him a lot with his stick up in the air. But overall, he’s been fine. He’s working hard and getting chances on the power play and five-on-five.”

Bolt Prospect of the Week

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 the week ending October 19 is … Ryan Zuhlsdorf, D, Sioux City Musketeers, USHL.

Has Al Murray done it again?

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 38

This week's “Darren Rumble Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 38 (and the story of Jim Johnson in a broom closet)
· Early season reviews for Tampa Bay and Syracuse
· 3 things that could keep the Lightning from the President’s Trophy
· Interviews with Luke Witkowski and Slater Koekkoek
· The BP Mailbag (Future of Poulin … Rating Drouin in fire Emojis … Drouin is Kucheroving – or is it Afanasenkoving? … Nikita Gusev vs Johnny Gaudreau … Better shooting percentage, Condra or Brown? … Does Stamkos sign? … TB’s most valuable puzzle piece … Sustr’s scratch the first letter of the writing on the wall? … The prospect I’d build a team around.)

Koekkoek, Witkowski Work Together in Return to Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After being two of the final cuts from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s training camp, Slater Koekkoek and Luke Witkowski are back together on the Crunch blueline.

The two defensemen, paired together for the Syracuse season opener in Lehigh Valley Saturday, have quickly renewed the chemistry that made them one of the team’s top defensive duos last season. Both are working at rounding out their games as they prepare to take the next, permanent step to the National Hockey League.

“They both had real good camps and Tampa was happy with both of them,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “There’s players up there that have established positions, and they have to understand that. But the other part is that they still need to work on some of the things in their game that they can get better at. They’re both very good hockey players and able to play in the NHL, but both can improve and keep getting better.”

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