This week’s “Nick Tarnasky Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 74
· 2005 prospects vs 2016 prospects
· The Lightning are good at the hockey
· Are we seeing a Namestnikov breakout party?
· Bowness challenging Drouin?
· Still room for improvement
· Speed and offense an organization-wide priority in 2016
· Interview with Matt Taormina
· Interview with Joel Vermin
· #BPMailbag (Does Bishop HAVE to go? … Jaro Janus status? … Goat sacrificing for Brayden Point? … Taking one prospect from 2012+ drafts not wearing 27 or 88 right now … Polarizing prospect for BP … DeAngelo for Hajek good or bad? … Point vs TJ … Bishop to Calgary still possible?)
Joel Vermin’s first taste of the NHL only made him hungrier for more.
The forward earned a short stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, and was one of the team’s final cuts from training camp this fall. Sent to Syracuse, Vermin has recorded three points in four games for the Crunch.
Vermin is now working toward getting another call-up and a permanent spot with the Lightning.
“It’s a big motivation, to be honest,” Vermin said of his time with the Lightning last year. “Once I saw how it is, the NHL, it’s like a drug. You want more of it. You use that as motivation if you’re struggling or things aren’t going the way you want them to. It keeps you motivated.”
Lightning blow Third Period lead to miss out on Canadian swing trifecta.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the hard luck loss.
16:08 TB Killorn (6), (Hedman, Stralman)
6:12 MTL Galchenyuk (2), (Markov, Petry)
10:23 MTL Pacioretty (2), (Pateryn, Shaw)
19:16 MTL Mitchell (4), (unassisted)(EN)
Jonathan Drouin was the game's third star.
I'm absolutely shocked... SHOCKED!... to hear of selective non-enforcement of goaltender interference in this game. In Montreal. Oh, and in related news, water is wet.
Brayden Point had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:11 of ice time. That's a SIZABLE chunk of ice time for a rookie in a tight game on the road, which speaks volumes about the coaching staff's faith in young Mr. Point.
Cherepovets Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 26 PIM
Oleg Sosunov had minors for hooking and slashing in Loko Jr.'s 3-1 win over Cherepovets Jr. Yaroslavl Jr. sits in 8th on the league table, currently, just above the playoff cutoff line.
St. Petersburg 6 vs. Zagreb 0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-20-30, +21, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a Third Period garbage time assist in SKA's 6-0 throttling of Zagreb. Gusev played 15:32 in the win. SKA goaltender Igor Shestyorkin turned aside all 20 shots he faced for the shutout. Gusev's 20 assists are tied with 3 others for the top spot in the KHL in helpers and he is now 5th in the league in plus-minus, as well.
Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 4 @ North Bay Battalion 5 (SO)
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 19/26 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 9-9-18, +11, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM
Cirelli continues to succeed in the face off circle, leading the league with a 67.8 winning percentage in the circle. On Thursday he scored in the shootout, but the Gens fell.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season: 12 GP, 3-6-9, +2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM
Former Lightning prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto scored for the Spits in their 5-2 win over the Soo. DiGiacinto has three goals in eight games. Last spring the Lightning passed on signing the former sixth round pick.
Barrie Colts 2 @ Erie Otters 5
W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 11 GP, 10-17-27, +20, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM
At this point Taylor Raddysh can’t not score. Yes, that’s a double-negative, but worth it. Raddysh has at least a point in every game this season. He’s scored a goal in nine of 11. He leads the league in points and assists and is tied for the lead in plus/minus. He and Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) are tearing up the league.
Flint Firebirds 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM
W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM
Spencer returned after missing a handful of games with an upper body injury. There is still no official timeline for Tammela’s long-awaited OHL debut.
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 5
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/21 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-5-8, +1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM
C/W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 7-3-10, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
Paquette and Niagara got the better of Stephens and Saginaw, 5-3. Stephens got back to being at a point-per-game pace for the season, and Paquette is just behind him.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 12-5-17, +6, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Boko Imama scored his second goal of the year as the Sea Dogs topped the visiting Islanders, 5-2. PEI-native Spencer Smallman (Carolina) had a hat trick for Saint John.
Western Hockey League (late)
Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Saskatoon Blades 2
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 11 GP: 0-6-6, +1, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
Spokane had leads of 3-0 and 5-1 as they put away Saskatoon Wednesday.
Western Hockey League (late)
Victoria Royals 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 1
G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 37 saves on 39 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 11 GP, 5-6-0-0, 2.30 GAA, .929 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO
Ingram lost his second 1-goal game to Victoria this year despite making 37 saves.
Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2
C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Spokane spanked Moose Jaw at home, 6-2, Tuesday. Howden continues to produce this season, scoring his ninth goal in 11 games, which is tied for third in the WHL.
Lightning crush Maple Leafs with minimum effort and maximum ease.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 43 shots for the victory. The whole game was played under score effects (as the fancy stat people say) conditions with the Lightning putting together a commanding lead early and coasting most of the rest of the way.
1:19 TB Stamkos (4), (Sustr)
7:15 TB Killorn (5), (Coburn, Point)
17:12 TB Stamkos (5), (Sustr, Kucherov)
7:23 TB Hedman (1), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
19:03 TOR Nylander (4), (Kadri, Matthews)
6:45 TB Kucherov (1), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
8:28 TOR van Riemsdyk (3), (Zaitsev, Rielly)
9:47 TOR Matthews (6), (Nylander)
15:10 TB Namestnikov (2), (Stralman, Johnson)(PP)
15:56 TB Drouin (2), (Kucherov)(PP)
This was an absolute squash from just about the second shift, and the Lightning barely had to put forth an effort against Toronto to get the result. That kind of effort won't work most nights, but mercy did Toronto offer little to no resistance to the Lightning tonight. Scary for the NHL: Nikita Kucherov got well in this contest. His quick release on his first goal of the season signaled the rust is off, and his reign of terror is set to begin this season.
Brayden Point had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 17:19. He got to dip into the deep well of garbage time for some extra experience tonight. Bonus.
SaiPa 2 vs. Karpat 3 (OT)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, -6, 27 PIM
Saku Salminen had a minor for holding in 9:40 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 OT loss to Karpat. SaiPa managed just 14 shots on goal in the loss and they remain in 13th on the 15 team league table.