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Thoughts on Oleg Sosunov

As I prepare to head to Estero next Sunday and hopefully get a couple of days to watch camp and exhibitions, I’ve been thinking about where the big guy will eventually top out. He can’t really bust because he’s a low round reach in the draft. What constitutes a home run will likely be in the eye of each beholder. I’ll say if he graduates from prospect status prior to aging out on a contending Lightning team, that’ll be a homerun for me.

Opinion: Lightning at the Halfway Mark

Forty games into a historic 2017-2018 season, let's take a moment to pause, step out of the moment, and take stock of where the club is. Sitting halfway through the campaign expectations for the team, which missed the postseason just a year ago, are sky high for good reason. Not only is the Lightning atop the NHL standings a full 13 points ahead of the pace they need to be in order to make the postseason, but the team leads a bevy of organizational and individual statistical categories.

Let's pump the breaks on prematurely planning a Stanley Cup championship parade, though. There's still half of the regular season and the postseason left to play, and as good as the team is, it's not without blemishes. How General Manager Steve Yzerman addresses those blemishes (or doesn't) and how any potential changes alters team chemistry (or doesn't) will have a lot to say about whether the team lives up to its perceived potential. So, with all of that in mind, let's look at how the team got here, what its weaknesses are, and what might happen next.

Blog: Nesterov Project Had to End

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Nikita Nesterov was dealt to Montreal for a sixth round pick and Jonathan Racine yesterday just prior to the Lightning's overtime loss in Sunrise. It marked Lightning GM Steve Yzerman’s first NHL player trade since February 9, 2015, when he sent Evgeni Nabokov to San Jose for future considerations.

Scoring the overtime winner for Florida in the first game of the post-Nesterov “era” was none other than Jonathan Marchessault, and thank you, hockey gods, for giving us a direct comparison of two players who were handled differently for the Lightning in Nesterov and Marchessault.

Cristiano DiGiacinto

What ever happened to Cristiano DiGiacinto? Is he no longer a Bolts propsect?

Blog: Early Roster Analysis

This month’s blog entry comes at you in lieu of a podcast. When we created this site over a decade ago our family and professional lives were a lot different, and life keeps finding new ways to get in the way. So, I’m writing this on one of USA’s highways on the way to a family vacation destination (from the passenger seat — don’t type on a laptop and drive, kids).

Is it just me, or could Steve Yzerman stare down the angel of death and win?

“Steve, I’ve come to take you. It’s your time.”

“No it’s not.”

“Okay, my mistake. Bye.”

A List for Day 2

When the sun rises on Day 2 of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, NY, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be waiting sitting with two picks (44, 58) in the 2nd round and already their safe 1st round pick of Brett Howden in their back pocket. We'd certainly like to see the Bolts swing for the fences with at least one of these two remaining Top-60 picks. Here's a quick list of players to watch that could be targets for the Lightning. I've grouped them into four groups, but as with typical later rounds, it's hard to pinpoint where certain players will be picked, if at all.

#BPMailbag for November 19, 2015

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This week there were so many questions into the #BPMailbag I ran out of time to address them like I usually do on the Bolt Prospects Podcast.

So here’s the text version. You can make up your own voice inflections and sarcasm.

Post-Deadline Review

In case you missed it, here were my initial reactions to the Lightning's trades yesterday morning: click here

Now that the deadline has come and gone and Yzerman has spoken about his decisions, some thoughts...

Blog: Player-by-Player Breakdown of Bolts in Nashville So Far

I've been asked many times for opinions on various players in this weekend’s Lightning games. Rather than respond to each request, here are some quick thoughts on each player participating:

(NOTE: Comments are just based on two viewings here so this is by no means “the book” on any player.)

Possible Draft Targets for Syracuse

For those paying attention to the past three drafts by Steve Yzerman and Al Murray, the Tampa brain trust seems to cast an eye on at least one juniors or European player that can provide immediate help to the AHL affiliate or at least fast tracked to help the following season.

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