Walcott, Daniel

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-22-17 Predators at Lightning

First string Lightning (closer to, at least) dismantle Preds.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. He looked pretty locked in staring down multiple breakaways and keeping a clean sheet until a garbage goal late in the Third Period spoiled his shutout bid.

First Period
0:33 TB Hedman, (Stamkos, Kucherov)
15:37 TB Kucherov, (Stamkos, Palat)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
3:26 TB Gourde, (Callahan, Killorn)
14:05 NSH Watson, (Petterson, Girard)

Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

Playing against a B-team Nashville roster, I'm not going to celebrate this game too heartily, but I think it had the fingerprints of a lot of the things I feel give the Lightning the potential to have a very good season this year. Vasilevskiy's going to have a monster year, in my opinion, now that he enters as the clear number one netminder. Hedman and Kucherov continue to grow as team leaders as they did late in the last campaign. Steven Stamkos looks good in his return from injury and I like the initial form of the top two lines in appears Jon Cooper is forming. The only thing this game was missing was a scoring outburst by Brayden Point, but I expect that'll come in time, too. Long story short: I'm probably more bullish on the Lightning's outlook going into this season than a lot of my Bolt Prospects colleagues and tonight's performance added a little touch of validation to that opinion (as much as a preseason win can, I suppose).

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 11:33.

Dennis Yan was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 8:02.

Ben Thomas had 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 hits in 20:55.

Peca was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:15. He was also a gaudy 90% on 10 draws.

Matthew Spencer had 1 shot in 18:06.

Daniel Walcott had 4 hits in 14:13.

Erik Cernak was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 16:16. He's shown well in camp and his exhibition game performances and appears to be moving up the organizational depth chart at right D.

Mikhail Sergachev had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 20:03. Eat those minutes young fella. Eat those minutes.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-19-17 Hurricanes at Lightning

Junior Lightning nearly pull off comeback against Canes.

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Michael Leighton allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the loss. The veteran netminder will enter the season the number one for AHL Syracuse.

First Period
3:46 CAR Williams (1), (Carrick, Teravainen)(PP)

Second Period
4:03 CAR Taravainen (1), (Rask, Carrick)(PP)

Third Period
TB Erne (1), (Peca, Conacher)(PP)

Alexei Lipanov was the game's third star.

It was a choppy game with the flow marred by a lot of penalties, compounded by the discontinuity of two rosters dotted with a lot of youth getting a quick look before guys get returned to junior.

Lipanov was scoreless in 15:42 with 2 shots and was 50% on 4 draws.

Boris Katchouk had 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 2 hits in 13:11.

Libor Hajek had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 19:57.

Taylor Raddysh had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 13:52.

Cal Foote had 3 shots and 2 blocked shots in 21:56.

Matthew Peca had a helper and 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and he was 25% on 12 draws in 17:10. He had a nice setup to Erne for the Lightning's lone goal (that counted) on the evening.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot and was 67% on 3 draws in 15:06.

Adam Erne had a goal, 1 shot, and 3 hits in 12:05.

Daniel Walcott had 3 shots and 3 hits in 13:07.

Oleg Sosunov played 16:37.

Alexander Volkov had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 3 hits, and was 60% on 5 draws in 16:38. He had the potential game tying goal waved off for goaltender interference late in the final frame.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-4-17 Senators at Crunch

Crunch redeem themselves with late whipping of Bingo.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. Strong performance for Kristers on a night the Crunch needed it after getting collectively shelled the previous game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:24 SYR Gourde (21), (McGinn, Conacher)

Third Period
1:52 BNG Bailey (16), (Sieloff, Rumble)
2:27 SYR Walcott (3), (Condra, Koekkoek)
2:53 SYR Gourde (22), (Conacher)
4:33 SYR Brodeur (3), (Condra, Walcott)

Yanni Gourde, Gudlevskis, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars.

Syracuse bested Binghamton 40-29 on the shot clock and by an even worse proportion on the scoreboard.

The Crunch pull 2 points ahead of Albany in the North Division with 2 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 1-16-17 Penguins at Crunch

Crunch make a statement against the league's best.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. High quality victory for Wilcox after leaving the game against Toronto early with a minor injury.

First Period
10:57 SYR Gourde (12), (Walcott)
14:54 SYR Walcott (2), (Taormina, Pacan)(PP)

Second Period
6:42 SYR Koekkoek (1), (Pacan)
14:27 WBS Rowney (8), (Simon, Prow)

Third Period
17:05 SYR Peca (6), (Richard, Brodeur)(EN)

Daniel Walcott, Wilcox, and Mathieu Brodeur were the game's three stars. A defenseman by trade, necessity has again moved Walcott to forward for the present and he has shown some ability in the role. Perhaps a discussion needs to take place with young Mr. Walcott that begins with the question, "Have you ever heard of Ben Clymer?"

Syracuse regains the top spot in the North Division with the victory, 1 point clear of Albany with 2 games in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Walcott Returns to Old Number, Regular Position With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Daniel Walcott is returning to his old number and his regular position.

The second-year pro will wear No. 85, a number he wore as the captain of Blainville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL, and go back to full-time duty as a defenseman for the Syracuse Crunch this season.

While splitting time at forward and defense was a learning experience and kept him in the lineup, Walcott believes he is ready to shine on the Crunch blue line.

"I think I performed well up in Tampa and I got my confidence at D, and I just want to keep building on it," Walcott said. "A fresh number, a new start and a steady position."

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-29-16 Panthers at Lightning

Syracuse Crunch clamp down on Panthers B squad.

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Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout victory. This is an excellent start for a netminder who just got a prove it contract who may have an NHL backup opportunity looming in his future once the Lightning sort out their starting situation up top.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
3:54 TB Morin (1), (unassisted)

Third Period
14:48 TB Point (2), (Morin, Bournival)

Gudlevskis, Jeremy Morin, and Slater Koekkoek were the game's three stars. Kudos to the Lightning equipment guys for having the sense of humor to stick Morin in #33. He's one letter away from being a Lightning all-timer. Made me double-take, for certain.

If the Lightning preseason opener was a showcase for the team's junior prospects, tonight was an opportunity for many prospects earmarked for the Syracuse Crunch. And, on first blush, I'd think new coach Benoit Groulx will be pleased with what he saw tonight.

Centers

Matthew Peca had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 19:37. 90% on 10 draws is pleasing to the eye. I remain convinced that for Syracuse to go anywhere, Peca's going to have to become a big time AHL player. He'll have a little more help this season with Brayden Point in Syracuse, but as an older and more experienced guy, he's one I suspect needs to become one of the leaders for the Crunch.

Tanner Richard had 2 hits in 16:49. 13% on 8 draws is a little cringe-worthy stat line on draws. He's on the clock now to make a push and earn a look in the NHL. Not sure he really flashed enough tonight.

Brayden Point had his second goal in as many games and was +2 with 3 shots in 14:02. He was also 45% on 11 draws. The Lightning are already trying to tamp down expectations because they know Point needs seasoning and experience, but his raw talent is undeniable.

Wingers
Yanni Gourde had 2 penalty minutes and 2 shots in 16:58.

Mike Halmo had 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 11:48.

Gabriel Dumont had 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:57.

Defensemen
Daniel Walcott had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:43.

Dylan Blujus had 3 shots and 4 blocked shots in 18:34. Blujus is a guy who somewhat falls into the same boat as Richard. He needs to start making a push to challenge Witkowski to become the Lightning's first righty callup from Syracuse.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 17:48.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 in 16:40. The Lightning have played Koekkoek in both games, which is telling, but they've also resolved not to give him a gigantic load of minutes in these games as they might've been tempted to do. That tells me they're easing Koekkoek into a marathon rather than putting him through a sprint of a look-see.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Walcott Embraces Utility Role With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

However he gets into the lineup, Daniel Walcott wants to make the most of his opportunity.

A natural defenseman, Walcott changed positions last weekend after multiple call-ups left the Syracuse Crunch short a few forwards. The 21-year-old rookie responded by registering his first professional point Friday.

With Syracuse boasting a deep blueline, Walcott is willing to help out on the ice wherever he can.

“I was pretty fortunate that they trusted me to be the extra forward instead of bringing in someone else,” Walcott said. “They could have easily done that, but they take care of their prospects. … I’ve been waiting a while to get back in a game here, so it felt good. I have to work hard and show that I can go wherever they need me.”

ECHL Game Night: 11-15-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at Atlanta Gladiators 4

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-0-6, -3, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 10 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

As the Greenville special teams go, so goes the Swamp Rabbits. Greenville allowed two power play goals and did not convert any of their extra man situations, dropping a 4-1 road decision to the Gladiators at the Infinite Energy Arena at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA on Sunday afternoon. Allen York sat backup all three games, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday as head coach Brian Gratz decided to ride Jeff Malcolm all weekend. The Swamp Rabbits have just two games this coming week featuring home tilts against the Orlando Solar Bears on Tuesday night and Friday night against cross-state rival the South Carolina Stingrays.

ECHL Game Night: 11-14-15

Adirondack Thunder 2 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-0-6, -2, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 8 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 8 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

Lightning prospect Brian Hart earned first star honors Saturday night, scoring the game winner and his team leading sixth goal of the season. A point shot off the end board bounced into his office in the crease, and Hart pushed it past the netminder capping off a Swamp Rabbit two-goal third period rally. Greenville killed off all eight penalties and scored a power play goal of their own. The Swamp Rabbits wrap up their weekend slate with a trip down I-85 for a rematch with the Gladiators in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

ECHL Game Night: 11-12-15

Atlanta Gladiators 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 6

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-0-5, -2, 2 PIM, 25 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

It felt like the Swamp Rabbits unleashed six games of winless frustration on an unsuspecting Atlanta squad Thursday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. Lightning prospect Brian Hart scored his team leading fifth goal of the season, ripping a top shelf wrister from the hash marks. Fellow prospect Daniel Walcott, just reassigned from Syracuse earlier in the week, had a strong game in his debut with 3 shots and +2 rating. The Swamp Rabbits special teams shone bright with 1005 perfection on both the penalty kill and the power play. Greenville take Friday night off before hosting Adirondack Saturday night and a rematch with the Gladiators in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

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