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The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 17

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

· Discontent with conference contender
· Drouin vs. Seth Jones
· Answers to trade deadline questions
· Interview with Syracuse’s Jake Dotchin

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Dotchin picks up where he left off after injury


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin picked up where he left off.

The rookie defenseman, who netted his first professional goal two periods before blocking a shot that injured his ankle on Dec. 5, needed little time to knock off any rust when he returned to the Syracuse Crunch lineup late last month.

Dotchin realizes the ups and downs come with the territory.

“I remember blocking that shot. It wasn’t a goal, but it felt like one to the guys and to me,” Dotchin said. “The guys were patting me on the back and what-not. It was unfortunate that I was out for that long, but it’s something I’d go down and do that for the team again, for sure.”

Prospect of the Week: 2-11-15

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 February 11, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

In Anthony DeAngelo’s first game with Sault Ste. Marie after being traded by Sarnia, the Lightning 2014 first rounder did not register a point. That was January 9.

In 11 games since that time, DeAngelo has hit the scoresheet every game, racking up 22 points over that timespan. The 5'10" New Jersey native had seven points (and a fight) in three games last week, earning him our Prospect of the Week award.

Bolt Prospect Stats: 2-9-15

A full (traditional) statistic report for Lightning 2014-2015 prospects, graduated prospects, and overage prospects.

I'm hoping to be able to update this every week, but we'll see how that goes.

To view the report, go to Google Docs by clicking here.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 16

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

· Graduation week for 2
· Vasy passes Nabokov on depth chart – good or bad?
· Player addition options for AHL Syracuse
· #BPMailbag (Lightning looking to add a Jameis Winston? Drouin vs Hedman, Callahan comparisons already on the roster, power play solutions, chances of Nikita Gusev coming over)

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Prospect of the Week: 2-2-15

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 February 2, 2015 is … Cedric Paquette, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).

Cedric Paquette made his last few games as a Bolt prospect memorable.

The third-year pro hit the 42 NHL games played mark this past week, graduating him from prospect status on BoltProspects.com. Paquette spent the week lighting up the scoresheet, scoring five times in three games, including his first career hat trick in a division match-up against Detroit. He scored the game-winning goal for the Lightning against Columbus two nights later. Paquette was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week behind Carey Price, but beat Price out for our Bolt Prospect of the Week (ignoring details involved there).

Prospect of the Week: 1-28-15

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 January 28, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

If it wasn’t for a three-week break when he was playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships, Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo would be leading OHL defenseman in scoring despite playing the majority of the year for a mediocre Sarnia team.

Prospect followers no longer need to wonder how DeAngelo would produce with a strong team as he was traded to first place Sault Ste. Marie seven games ago. All he’s done in those seven games is post a goal and 13 points. Actually, those all came in the last six games as he was scoreless in his Greyhound debut.

The BoltProspects Mailbag: 1-25-15

The #BPMailbag returns this week as I take advantage of some off time during the All-Star break. Thanks to those who submitted questions.

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@BoltProspects handicap these possibilities for back up goalie next season, Vasy, Gudlevskis, veteran free agent on one year deal #BPMailbag

This isn’t as simple as some may think as Vasilevskiy, whom many assume is in line for the backup role next year after Evgeni Nabokov’s contract runs out, needs to get games to maintain positive development.

If a free agent is acquired, it will be a one-year deal leaving the door open for Vasilevskiy/Gudlevskis in 2016-2017. Complicating matters, though, is Vasilevskiy playing himself out of the AHL. It may be a case where he’s too good to keep out of the NHL.

Prospect of the Week: 1-21-15


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 January 21, 2015 is … Kristers Gudlevskis, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

For Kristers Gudlevskis, every time he straps on the pads is a little bit different.

There has been no better example than the last two weeks. The Syracuse Crunch goalie allowed a pair of goals on nine shots and was pulled after the first period against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton January 10, but rebounded by making 47 saves on 49 shots in more than 97 minutes of ice time in a pair of appearances last weekend.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 15

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

· Lightning goaltending drama
· Problems on defense and how to fix them
· Interview with Dylan Blujus of the Syracuse Crunch
· Blind mailbag answers (Hockey snobbery, Power play solutions, Drouin's slow start, Connolly's struggles)

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