Prospect of the Month (October)

Bolt Prospects would like to acknowledge one monster who has been mashing his way all through October. Some Bolt Prospects readers felt tricked this past week when we didn't name this prospect the Player of the Week, but we were holding a treat in reserve. True, there were several worthy honorable mentions who scared up some excitement along the way. There was the wolf man, Brett Connolly, who came out of nowhere to crack the Lightning's NHL roster. There was the evil genius, Mark Barberio, and his stylish 2 goals and 11 points in 10 games. And, there was the leprechaun, Matthew Peca, who got his own pot o' gold today when he was named the ECAC's Rookie of the Month.

But the nail in the coffin came when the AHL gave a certain power forward (sort of a pale Incredible Hulk) a minor award (hardly worth mention in the same breath as Bolt Prospects' Prospect of the Month).

Yes, Carter Ashton (pictured), who stormed out of the gates for the Norfolk Admirals with 9 goals and 13 points in 10 games to lead all rookies in scoring, was named AHL Rookie of the Month today. But, that's sort of like winning a Golden Globe, isn't it? Now, we would like to give Carter some real validation for his achievements (something really worth putting on his resume) by bestowing upon him the hockey player's equivalent of the Oscar. For horrifying goaltenders and defensemen alike throughout the month of October, and for making this blog post filled with as many nauseatingly contrived horror references as possible, we congratulate right winger Carter Ashton on winning Bolt Prospects' Prospect of the Month for October of 2011-2012.

And, we look forward to seeing which prospect will knock the stuffing out of the competition and make all other prospects look like turkeys in the month of November.