Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 17, 2014

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 17, 2014 is … Jonathan Drouin, C, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL – Canada).

He did it again.

Jonathan Drouin had a six-point game a week ago, earning him our Bolt Prospect of the Week. We jokingly said it was because the previous week’s winner, Matt Peca, had a six-point game and Drouin had never hit six points in a regular season game.

Not only did Drouin do it again, but he topped it.

In the final regular season game of his junior career, Drouin had seven points on Saturday vs Cape Breton – the same team he scored six against a week earlier. With 13 points in his last two games against the Screaming Eagles, Drouin is probably banned from visiting Sydney, Nova Scotia, for life.

Despite Andrey Vasilevskiy’s heroics for Ufa in the KHL playoffs – especially his 3OT masterpiece – we have to give Drouin our Bolt Prospect of the Week award again. Seven-point games can’t be ignored.

Drouin totaled 12 points last week over three games. He had a goal and an assist against Charlottetown on Tuesday and two goals and a helper against Saint John on Thursday. He finished the regular season on a 14-game point streak in which he had 37 points. Drouin set a new career high for assists (79), points (108), penalty minutes (43), plus/minus (+50), shots (217), power play goals (10), and game-winning goals (6). He did it all in three fewer games played than last season, and without linemates Nathan MacKinnon (about to win the Calder Trophy with Colorado) and Martin Frk (now with AHL Grand Rapids). Halifax 2014 super-prospect Nik Ehlers helped Drouin’s totals, but the two only shared playing time when on the power play as they were on separate 5-on-5 lines.

Unfortunately, Drouin’s 79 assists were one short of the Halifax season record set in 2000 by Ramzi Abid and Brandon Reid.

Drouin and Halifax will open their playoff season on Friday against Charlottetown. Drouin is eligible to join the Lightning at the conclusion of his junior season, but that could be a while. Halifax is the QMJHL’s No. 2 seed and has an excellent chance to repeat as Memorial Cup champs with Drouin leading the way.

Honorable Mention: Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, Ufa - KHL.

2013-2014 Prospect of the Week winners:

March 10: Jonathan Drouin, C, (Halifax Mooseheads, NCAA).
March 3: Matt Peca, C, (Quinnipiac Bobcats, NCAA).
February 25: Kristers Gudlevskis, G, (Team Latvia, IIHF).
February 17: Brian Hart, W, (Harvard Crimson, NCAA, USA).
February 10: Matt Peca, C, (Quinnipiac Bobcats, NCAA, USA).
February 3: Adam Wilcox, G, (Minnesota Golden Gophers, NCAA, USA).
January 27: Dylan Blujus, D, (North Bay Battalion, OHL, Canada).
January 20: Mark Barberio, D, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
January 13: Kristers Gudlevskis, G, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
January 6: Ondrej Palat, LW, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
December 17: Tyler Johnson, C, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
December 10: Ondrej Palat, W, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
December 3: Cedric Paquette, C, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
November 26: Tyler Johnson, C, (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL, USA).
November 19: Jonathan Drouin, C/W, (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL, Canada).
November 13: Jonathan Drouin, C/W, (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL, Canada).
November 4: Nikita Kucherov, W, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
October 29: Kristers Gudlevskis, G, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
October 24: Henri Ikonen, W, (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL, Canada).
October 16: Nikita Kucherov, W, (Syracuse Crunch, AHL, USA).
October 9: Henri Ikonen, W, (Kingston Frontenacs, OHL, Canada).
October 1: Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, (Salavat Yulaev, KHL, Russia).
September 24: Adam Erne, W, Tampa Bay (NHL) and Quebec (QMJHL)