Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 31, 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 24, 2014 is … Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA - USA).

Adam Wilcox’s trophy mantle is filling up. It’s a good thing the Bolt Prospect of the Week award doesn’t come with a big, honkin’ trophy.

Wilcox, the starting goaltender for the No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers, backstopped his team to the Frozen Four last weekend with a 24-save shutout in the West Regional Finals against St. Cloud State. That followed a 7-3 win over Robert Morris in the semifnals.

The shutout was Wilcox’s fourth of the season, a new high for the sophomore from St. Paul whom the Lightning picked in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilcox was recently named Big 10 Goaltender of the Year, Big 10 Player of the Year, and a finalist for both the Hobey Baker and Mike Richter awards. The Richter award is new, awarded to the top goaltender in the nation. Wilcox is considered one of the favorites. Tampa native Clay Witt of Northeastern is also one of the five finalists.

Both national awards will be presented at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia, where Wilcox and the Gophers will take on Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell and North Dakota. Union plays Boston College in the other national semifinal.

For the year, Wilcox is 25-5-6 with a 1.89 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. He is third in the nation in wins, third in GAA, and second in save percentage.

Wilcox is expected to stay in school for his junior season next fall. It may be another year or two before he starts his professional career.

Honorable Mention: Jonathan Drouin, C (Halifax, QMJHL); Jake Dotchin, D (Barrie, OHL).

2013-2014 Prospect of the Week winners:

March 24: Andrey Vasilevskiy, G, (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL, Russia).
March 17: Jonathan Drouin, C, (Halifax Mooseheads, NCAA).
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 Ufa, KHL, Russia).
September 24: Adam Erne, W, Tampa Bay (NHL) and Quebec (QMJHL)