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Walcott Embraces Utility Role With Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

However he gets into the lineup, Daniel Walcott wants to make the most of his opportunity.

A natural defenseman, Walcott changed positions last weekend after multiple call-ups left the Syracuse Crunch short a few forwards. The 21-year-old rookie responded by registering his first professional point Friday.

With Syracuse boasting a deep blueline, Walcott is willing to help out on the ice wherever he can.

“I was pretty fortunate that they trusted me to be the extra forward instead of bringing in someone else,” Walcott said. “They could have easily done that, but they take care of their prospects. … I’ve been waiting a while to get back in a game here, so it felt good. I have to work hard and show that I can go wherever they need me.”

#BPMailbag for November 19, 2015


This week there were so many questions into the #BPMailbag I ran out of time to address them like I usually do on the Bolt Prospects Podcast.

So here’s the text version. You can make up your own voice inflections and sarcasm.

Liiga Game Day: 11-24-15

KooKoo 0 vs. KalPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 8 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:57 in KalPa's 3-0 whitewashing of KooKoo. Ex-Oilers pick Samu Perhonen turned aside all 15 shots he faced for the shutout.

KHL Game Day: 11-24-15

Kazan 3 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 7 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-11-21, +10, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:23 in SKA St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. SKA got a pair of helpers from ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk in the loss.

Jokerit 3 vs. Yaroslavl 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Isles pick Jesse Joensuu had a goal for Jokerit in their 3-1 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius stopped 19/20 for the win.

Zagreb 2 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 20 PIM

Carter Ashton took three separate minors for high sticking in 15:04 of ice time in Novgorod's 2-1 loss to Zagreb. Zagreb's opening goal came from ex-Isles pick Mark Katic.

ECHL Game Night: 11-23-15

Atlanta Gladiators 4 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-0-6, -3, 2 PIM, 29 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, injured reserve
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 0-2-2, -7, 12 PIM, 8 SOG

Brian Hart and Charlie Dodero arrived from Syracuse in time for this rare Monday night home tilt against I-85 rivals Atlanta Gladiators, but neither player could deliver a big play to secure a win. The Swamp Rabbits rallied from a 3-1 deficit, but fell one goal short as a mid-period power play marker in the final frame by the ATL being the difference maker. Greenville embarks upon four game road trip over the Thanksgiving holidays with stops in Norfolk, Reading, and Adirondack.

Juniors Game Night: 11-22-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 21 GP, 19-17-36, +7, 27 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan has at least a point in 17 of his last 18 games. He has now gone two games without a goal, which is his longest goal-less streak of the season.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 6 @ Oshawa Generals 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 5-11-16, -7, 15 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli notched an assist Sunday, but Travis Konecny (Flyers) had five for Ottawa, leading the 67’s to a 6-2 win. Dante Salituro (undrafted) had a hat trick for Ottawa.

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 9 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Vince Dunn (Blues) had two goals and former Spitfire Josh Ho-Sang (NYI) had an assist as Niagara beat Windsor, 3-0.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

KHL Game Day: 11-22-15

Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Novgorod 3 (OT)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 14 PIM

Carter Ashton assisted on ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn's OT winning goal as Novgorod bested Dynamo Moscow 3-2. Ashton played 16:27 in the match.

Juniors Game Night: 11-21-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 (SO)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +1, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-9-18, +5, 25 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph was scoreless in regulation but scored the game-clinching shootout goal for Saint John.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 31 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto had his seven-game point streak snapped by Owen Sound. He took a roughing penalty as time expired in the third period.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 0

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-5-7, +20, 24 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-8-11, +4, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Matthew Mancina (undrafted) stopped all 39 shots he faced, leading the Petes to a 3-0 road win in the Soo. Masin is tied for third in the league at plus-20, five behind the leader, defenseman Victor Mete (2016 draft) of London.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 18-25-43, +9, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point, who is day-to-day with a shoulder injury but is on the road trip, did not dress Saturday.

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 2-8-10, -18, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 9 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Vancouver was down 4-0 before trying to mount a comeback, but could only get it to 4-2.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Black Hawks 3 @ Omaha Lancers 4

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 26 saves on 29 shots
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-2-1, 2.21 GAA, .928 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

After his shutout and first star effort Friday, Oldham got a rare back-to-back for Omaha. He got the win despite allowing three goals.

Green Bay Gamblers 1 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-13-13, -5, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf had an assist on the game winning goal, scored on the power play with just over a minute left in regulation.

NCAA Game Night: 11-21-15

No. 12 Michigan Wolverines 4 @ No. 10 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 12 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

Friday night BU erased a 2-0 deficit for a 3-2 win, but Saturday they couldn’t overcome a 3-0 deficit.

Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 (OT)

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin, a senior, remains out with a head injury. MSU outshot NMU big for the second straight night, this time 35-13. Both games were ties.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 11-21-15 Ducks at Lightning

Lightning getting right.


Ben Bishop stopped all 30 shots he faced tonight for the issuance of some U of Maine Justice and the shutout win. He didn't have to be as brilliant tonight, and he got help from his lucky horseshoe a couple of times, but he deserved it. After getting the short end of the stick on goal support so very often this season, he deserved to get the clean sheet in this one.

First Period

Second Period
5:57 TB Kucherov (6), (Sustr, Vermin)
12:35 TB Stamkos (10), (Callahan, Killorn)
13:49 TB Stamkos (11), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)(PP)

Third Period
5:29 TB Boyle (4), (Brown)
10:01 TB Marchessault (1), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Bishop, Steven Stamkos, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

Styles make the fight, in boxing parlance, and Anaheim's style is very difficult for the Lightning to match up against. They're a big, fast, bludgeoning north-south team that really puts a ton of pressure on the Lightning's defense and smaller forwards. So, the Lightning don't get to comfortably play the possession style they're used to and have to play more of a counterattacking style against a team like this, which they did to a tee tonight. Anaheim swarmed the Lightning in waves the first 30 minutes of the game, but the Lightning were disciplined positionally and with their backcheck pressure and they ultimately got their goals on counters and the power play and blew this one wide open to make it a laugher. Anaheim played a ton of games in the past week, so by the time the Third Period came they were too out of gas to mount much resistance. Kudos to the Lightning for understanding the strategic situation and playing hard and sharp within its constraints.

Jonathan Marchessault had a power play goal, 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 4 hits in 11:40. Impressive game by him against a very big Anaheim team that was targeting him a bit. What impressed me the most about his goal is he actually drew the penalty it came on by frustrating a very good skating defenseman in Cam Fowler with his speed and tenacity.

Joel Vermin had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 1 hit in 12:22. Hustles and plays fairly smart positional hockey. His work on Kucherov's goal to start the Lightning snowball headed downhill toward success was critical.

Luke Witkowski had 4 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:17. Had a wild night that included trying to fight half the Anaheim Ducks on the ice after one faceoff and a critical misplay of a bouncing puck that led to a 2-on-1 where Getzlaf struck the iron. He's surviving, somehow, but you can't make mistakes like that too often before you eventually get fitted for the goat horns.

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