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The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 6

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

· #FreeDrouin
· ECHL drama
· Interview with Cedric Paquette
· BP Mailbag (Improvement needed in Syracuse ... Who is organization's best fighter?)
· Weekly prospect review

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Paquette Leads by Example for Crunch, Lightning

By Jeremy Houghtaling

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."

BP Mailbag: 10-31-14

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 chad@boltprospects.com, or ask on the message boards.

On to the questions:

Dotchin Fights to Improve with Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

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."

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 5

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

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Well-traveled Marchessault Refocuses After NHL Appearance

By Jeremy Houghtaling

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."

Prospect of the Week: 10-28-14

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 October 28, 2014 is … Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).

Adam Erne is turning the QMJHL into his personal playground, and littering that playground are hats. Lots and lots of hats.

2014-2015 Preliminary Rankings

By Pete Choquette

Last season the Lightning had unprecedented success in establishing a rookie class at the NHL level, the likes of which may never be seen again. While that group continues on up top in Tampa Bay, the rest of the Lightning organization is left with the charge to reload rather than rebuild. With extra picks in the top-60 in the June draft this past summer, and more on the way next summer, the team has the ammunition to accomplish that goal. Plus, the results of this fall's camp showed the team may have had underrated strength in their remaining prospects with unexpected players making the club in the exhibition season. With all these factors put together, Bolt Prospects' staff has completed its fall tradition: the Preliminary Rankings for the 2014-2015 season.

Crunch Counting on Kunyk for Offense

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Realizing it was his last chance, Cody Kunyk made a case for a contract.

Looking to continue his career past the collegiate level, Kunyk registered more than a point per game in his senior season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Kunyk earned a deal in March, but now the 24-year-old is the oldest rookie on the Syracuse Crunch roster and is out to prove himself again.

"My last year was definitely my best year," Kunyk said. "Being an older guy, I had to play with a chip on my shoulder. I knew that there wasn't going to be a tomorrow. I had to make my own path. I gave it everything I had every game, and I was fortunate enough to sign a contract."

"I think it adds a little more grit to my game," he added. "I feel like I have a little bit more to prove since I'm an older guy."

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 4

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

· No Hedman. Now what?
· Drouin's debut
· What to expect from Witkowski (when he's recalled again)
· DeAngelo in trouble?
· BP Mailbag (Trade or more call-ups? JP Cote, Vladdy's future, projections for Vermin & Peca)
· Weekly prospect review

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