Florida Everblades

Who's Trending? (Part 1)

The NHL Entry Draft and Free Agency Frenzy are tiny blips in the rearview mirror and the next event – the Nashville prospects tournament – is still a few weeks away (and we’ll be there). August is the low-point of the hockey year and the Bolt Prospects staff has been using this lull to re-charge their batteries in preparation for another long season of daily reports and constant updates and commentary.

Editor’s Note: Batteries is a figurative term. We’re not robots, though we feel like it sometimes.

The prospects themselves are hard at work preparing for the season and/or dumping ice buckets over their respective heads for a good cause. Some, like Jonathan Drouin, have aspirations to make the big club. Others, like Daniel Milan, are hoping to stay in the organization beyond this season.

It’s time to take a look at who’s trending in what direction as camp approaches. The great part about hockey, and especially developmental hockey – is this is subject to change. There are few things more exciting than watching someone turn their career around. This is the Afanasenkov Rule. You never know.

The following 4-part series includes current prospects and players that started last season as prospects who remain in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.

ECHL Game Night: 3-7-14

Gwinnett Gladiators 3 @ Florida Everblades 2

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-11-16, +2, 51 PIM

D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM

W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 4-5-9, -11, 49 PIM

Florida dropped two of three games at division cellar-dwelling Gwinnett last weekend, then dropped a home game to the Gladiators on Friday night. That’s not good when you’re falling out of playoff position. The ‘Blades are clinging to the eighth spot in the East.

ECHL Game Night: 3-1-14

Florida Everblades 4 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 5

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 49 PIM

D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM

W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM

Florida allowed two power play goals in the final minute of the second period and that ended up being their undoing. They were up, 3-2, before the two goals against. The second of those goals sparked a semi-line brawl. Still no sign of Carl Neilsen or Jordan Henry, both on AHL contracts with Syracuse. The Everblades have dropped to 10th in the conference. Gauthier missed Friday's game against Gwinnett. The Gladiators have won the first two of three games against the 'Blades this weekend. These are bad losses for Florida as the Gladiators are significantly in last place in the division.

ECHL Game Night: 2-28-14

Florida Everblades 2 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 4

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 49 PIM

D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM

W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM

Florida lost a 2-goal lead, giving up four in the final period en route to a 4-2 road loss. The only Syracuse or Tampa Bay connection in the game was PM Devos, who was on a Syracuse contract last year. He was scoreless and minus-2. No sign of Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier.

ECHL Game Night: 2-22-14

Fort Wayne Komets 3 @ Florida Everblades 1

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 49 PIM

D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM

W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM

Florida tried to come back from a 3-0 deficit entering the third period, and scored on one of their 18 shots in the final frame, but the Komets held on for the win.

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