Prospect of the Week (2.22.12)
This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but Evan Oberg has donated some airline miles for the winner.
And a luggage set. And a shortcut around the trams at Tampa International.
We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospectâ€™s achievement on the ice.
This weekâ€™s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to â€¦ Pat Nagle, Goaltender, Florida (ECHL).
Nagle has had an up-and-down first professional season. The free agent signee out of Ferris State has had hot streaks, but also stretches where heâ€™s lost the starting job and Florida has had to bring in competition to push him.
This past week, the 6â€™2â€ 185-pound goaltender won all three games in which he played and put up a goals-against average of 1.63 and a save percentage of .944.
He was also named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for his efforts, but that award doesnâ€™t come with airline miles, or the prestige of our award.
For the year, the 24-year-old Michigander is 17-12-0-3 with a 2.86 GAA and .904 save percentage. He will compete for playing time in Norfolk next season as he tries to work his way up to the NHL. He provides the Lightning with goaltending depth in the system. (Photo courtesy of swamphockey.com)
Previous BP Prospects of the Week:
Alex Hutchings, Florida (ECHL) - February 14, 2012
Alex Killorn, Harvard (NCAA) - February 6, 2012
Adam Wilcox, Tri-City (USHL) and Alex Killorn, Harvard (NCAA) - January 30, 2012
Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr. (Russia) - January 24, 2012
Riku Helenius, JYP (Finland) - January 16, 2012
Brett Connolly, Canada (U20 WJC) - January 10, 2012
*Due to the Christmas break when few games below the NHL level were played, no POTW award was given.
Mark Barberio, Norfolk Admirals (AHL) - December 19, 2011
Vladislav Namestnikov, London Knights (OHL) - December 12, 2011
Tyler Johnson, Norfolk Admirals (AHL) - December 5, 2011
Alex Killorn, Harvard (NCAA) - November 28, 2011
Nikita Kucherov, Team Russia/CSKA Jr. (MHL) - November 21, 2011
Vladislav Namestnikov, London Knights (OHL) - November 14, 2011
Dustin Tokarski, Norfolk Admirals (AHL) - November 6, 2011
Riku Helenius, JYP (Finland) - October 30, 2011
Matthew Peca, Quinnipiac Bobcats - October 23, 2011
Radko Gudas, Norfolk Admirals - October 16, 2011
Carter Ashton, Norfolk Admirals - October 9, 2011
Brett Connolly, Tampa Bay Lightning - October 2, 2011
Mattias Ritola, Tampa Bay Lightning - September 25, 2011