This week we introduced our first podcast. The first edition addresses questions asked via the #BPMailbag on Twitter (@BoltProspects) and our forum about the Lightning and Syracuse Crunch organizations. Additional topics include the Nashville rookie tournament, roster speculation, and comparing this year's Crunch squad to the championship Norfolk club.
Bratislava 5 vs. Dinamo Minsk 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 37/38, 1.00 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-2, 0 SO, 1.83 GAA, .936 sv%
Jaroslav Janus continued his return to form from 2 seasons ago by turning aside 37 shots to help Slovan defeat Riga 5-1. Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy had a pair of helpers in the win for Bratislava.
Elsewhere, Nikita Gusev was removed from Rubin Tyumen's VHL roster. No word yet on where the diminutive forward will land.
Young forwards making Yzerman/Cooper's decisions hard...
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory. You have to be happy with his first two preseason starts as he comes back from the wrist injury.
0:37 TB Panik (1), (Marchessault, Paquette)
7:39 TB Brown (1), (unassisted)(SH)
14:05 TB Kucherov (1), (Namestnikov, Filppula)(PP)
14:50 DAL Benn (1), (Nichushkin, Gonchar)
2:30 TB Paquette (1), (Connolly, Gudas)
7:04 TB Connolly (1), (Namestnikov)
None of the young forwards vying for the final 1-2 spots on the roster are playing themselves out of centention. Marchessault, Paquette, Namestnikov, and Kucherov all hit the scoresheet tonight (Namesy and Dump Truck with multi-point nights) and even Witkowski on the blueline is putting a shadow of doubt into the Lightning brass' minds right now.
There's lots of good problems to have for a Lightning team that managed to put 5 on the board (albeit on Anders Lindback) with Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman donning their tights and fighting crime on the mean streets of Estero tonight rather than donning their uniforms and taking to the ice in Dallas, to say nothing of wunderkind Drouin's broken digit. The depth right now, and that depth's ability to outplay an NHL-talent studded Dallas roster pretty handily is making the Lightning look like a potential juggernaut in the making. And, whichever 3-4 players finally don't make this roster, are probably going to instantly make Syracuse an Eastern Conference contender down in the AHL. Good times.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Voronezh 5 vs. Tyumen 3
Nikita Gusev, Tyumen, DNP
Season totals (VHL): 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL), 6 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev did not dress for Tyumen in their 5-3 loss to Voronezh. Although listed on Tyumen's roster, Gusev has yet to appear for the club since his demotion from Khanty-Mansiysk of the KHL.
Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-1-1, 2 SO, 1.14 GAA, .955 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Metallurg to a 4-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin has only lost once in regulation so far this season.