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Prospect of the Week (1.24.12)

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 we’re considering a WWF/WWE-type belt they can wear during games. At the least, maybe a really big belt buckle with the BP logo on it.

Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr. (Russia).

MHL Game Day: 1-23-12

MHL (Russia Jr.):
Chelyabinsk Jr. 5 @ Ekaterinburg Jr. 2
Nikita Nesterov, 1-1-2, +5, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (MHL): 31 GP, 9-15-24, +15, 26 PIM
Season totals (KHL): 7 GP, 0-0-0, +9, 4 PIM

Is this the week where we learned Nikita Nesterov has outgrown the MHL? He had an even strength goal and assist and was a gaudy +5 today in Chelyabinsk Jr.'s 5-2 thumping of Ekaterinburg Jr. He also took a minor for hooking in the match. Chelyabinsk Jr. faces Yaroslavl Jr. on Friday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1-22-12

QMJHL

PEI Rocket 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (delay of game, slashing), 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 42 GP, 0-6-6, -13, 41 PIM
With Victoriaville: 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 10 PIM
With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

Milan has six PIM in his last two games.

OHL

Erie Otters 2 @ London Knights 3 (OT)

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0 -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 17-35-52, +15, 38 PIM

Namestnikov had his point streak stopped at six games. His goal-less streak was extended to 10 games in the overtime win. Leafs prospect Greg McKegg scored the overtime winner – his second goal of the game.

Barrie Colts 0 @ Oshawa Generals 3

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 32 GP, 0-13-13, +2, 20 PIM
With Oshawa: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

Schemitsch was not in the lineup on Sunday. He missed about a month earlier in the year with an upper body injury.

ECHL Game Night: 1-22-12

Florida Everblades 0 @ South Carolina Stingrays 3

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-5-12, +3, 10 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Loss, 30 saves on 32 shots
Season Totals: 25 GP, 13-10-0-1, 2.97 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Florida missed a big chance to move up in the standings this weekend when they dropped all three games on the road. Nagle played well Sunday but didn’t get the goal support he needed. Norfolk defenseman Kevin Quick was assigned to the Everblades over the weekend. He was minus-2 with two shots on goal on Sunday. (swamphockey.com photo)

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