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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 79

This week’s “Vladimir Vujtek Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 79
· Lightning’s identity crisis
· Words I never thought I’d say
· What’s next?
· Six Bolt prospects camping with Team Canada
· Brad Richards: Best Lightning prospect season ever
· #BPMailbag (Forward prospects … Dougie Hamilton talk … What can TB spend for a D? … Coop on hot seat? … Vladdy regressing? … Fancy stats … Can Yzerman sign himself? … Day jobs … D-depth worries … Irritating announcers … DeAngelo DeRegrets? … Possible return pieces for Bishop)

CHL Game Night: 11-30-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 17/22 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-11-17, -3, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Callum Booth (Carolina) stopped 31 of 32 shots for the victory and first star Wednesday night in Quebec City.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 5 @ North Bay Battalion 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 15/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 23 GP, 13-19-32, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli assisted on Oshawa’s second and third goals, helping the Gens to a 5-2 win in North Bay.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 25 GP, 13-11-24, +6, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk scored twice to extend his point streak to eight games and goal streak to four games. He’s on pace to shatter last year’s goal total of 24, set in 63 games.

Western Hockey League

Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 52 saves on 55 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 12-9-1-0, 2.23 GAA, .933 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

In his first game since being named to Team Canada’s World Juniors Selection Camp roster, Ingram starred in a 4-3 overtime win the Blazers had no business winning. Ingram stopped 52 shots as Kamloops was outshot 18-5 in the first period, 20-4 in the second, and 17-9 in the third. Kamloops then won in overtime, just like you script it. Ingram was first star and probably shouldn’t pay for a meal for the rest of the season. Mathew Barzal, a NYI first round pick who started the year in the NHL, had a goal and an assist for Seattle.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Red Deer Rebels 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 26 GP: 0-10-10, -7, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Saskatoon continues to struggle as the season progresses, falling to 10-17-1-0.

AHL Game Night: 11-30-16 Crunch at IceCaps

Crunch should've saved some goals for Wednesday.

STJ-3 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 30 shots before allowing 2 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
3:34 SYR Letourneau-Leblond (1), (Ikonen, Hart)

Second Period
16:22 STJ Scherbak (9), (Andrighetto, Eisenschmid)
19:59 STJ Eisenschmid (4), (Scherbak, Andrighetto)

Third Period
5:09 SYR Comrie (1), (Morin, Walcott)


STJ- Audette, Andrighetto

Adam Comrie was the game's third star.

Syracuse finishes their swing through St. John's with 8 goals in 2 games. They just needed one more today, but were a little roster-strapped due to the callups of Vermin and Bournival to Tampa Bay's roster. Still, Syracuse moves within 1 point of Albany for first place in the division with 1 game in hand.

Box score from

Lightning Put 6 on Team Canada Camp Roster

Team Canada announced their selection camp roster yesterday and six of the 32 players are Lightning prospects:

C Mitchell Stephens
C Anthony Cirelli
C Brett Howden
W Mathieu Joseph
W Taylor Raddysh
G Connor Ingram

CHL Game Night: 11-29-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Rimouski Oceanic 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-6-19, +2, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 23-15-38, +18, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Imama and Joseph had three of Saint John’s five goals as the Sea Dogs skated out to a 5-0 lead and won, 5-1. The Sea Dogs improved to 17-6-2-1, which ties Rouyn-Noranda for the top spot on the QMJHL table.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Erie Otters 9

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 3-2-5, +5, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 23-32-55, +34, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh celebrated his invitation to Team Canada’s selection camp with a hat trick and two assists Tuesday. Raddysh’s linemates Dylan Strome (1-4) and Alex DeBrincat (3-2) also had five points. Strome was named to Canada’s camp and DeBrincat will be in USA’s arena. Erie is 19-5-2 and tied with London for most points in the OHL. Raddysh remains first in points, assists, plus/minus, and insurance goals (4) in the OHL.

NHL Game Night: 11-29-16 Lightning at Blue Jackets

The desperate search for rock bottom continues.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 38 shots for the loss. One soul destroying softie in garbage time. The rest weren't necessarily his fault.

First Period
5:30 CBJ Karlsson (4), (Anderson, Murray)

Second Period
3:40 CBJ Wennberg (5), (Jones)
16:00 CBJ Anderson (7), (Hartnell, Nutivaara)

Third Period
1:57 CBJ Hartnell (5), (Savard, Anderson)
12:38 CBJ Gagner (8), (unassisted)
17:10 TB Filppula (5), (Point, Sustr)

You have the intersection of two very bad factors conspiring to make the Lightning an uncompetitive team right now. First, you've got an injury to Anton Stralman forcing certain young defensemen to play above their weight class and, at the moment, they're showing they can't handle it. Second, you've got veteran players who should be your best players making mistakes they simply cannot be making. Victor Hedman's looked terrible the past few games. Jonathan Drouin's picture's been on the side of the milk carton. Even Nikita Kucherov had a horrifically bad turnover in this game that led to a key goal that put Tampa Bay down 2-0.

What's needed? A general commitment to get back to basics and play a simpler, harder working game to get a little more possession and draw a few more penalties. Also, perhaps a minor roster shake up. If the coaching staff's faith in players like Koekkoek and Witkowski is flagging, what's the harm in giving a player like Dylan Blujus a look? You'll lose games 6-1? And what's the harm in letting some of the Lightning's tired, nicked up forwards take a little rest in lieu of some speedy energy players like Joel Vermin or Michael Bournival? A little new blood and enthusiasm wouldn't be a bad thing at this moment.

I could comment on Tim Peel's ridiculous wave off of a goal where Ondrej Palat neither touched Bobrovsky nor shoved Jack Johnson into Bobrovsky. As clownish as that call was, and as damaging as it was in this game, though, the Lightning have more than the referees to be concerned about at this time.

Brayden Point had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 15:56.

Luke Witkowski had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 11:55.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 11-29-16 Crunch and IceCaps

Crunch veterans run wild.


Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win while swimming a lazy backstroke in the deep, deep waters of sweet, sweet goal support.

First Period
0:43 SYR Taormina (5), (Gourde, Halmo)
6:40 SYR Morin (2), (Richard)
9:20 STJ Brouillette (1), (Hanley, de la Rose)(PP)
15:48 SYR Morin (3), (Vermin, Richard)

Second Period
2:44 SYR Taormina (6), (Conacher)(PP)
19:50 STJ Friberg (4), (Hanley, de la Rose)(PP)

Third Period
11:55 SYR Vermin (6), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
15:51 SYR Halmo (6), (unassisted)

Matt Taormina, Jeremy Morin, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars.

Box score from

Liiga Game Day: 11-29-16

SaiPa 0 vs. HIFK 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 39 PIM

Undrafted 21 year old netminder Kevin Lankinen stopped all 26 shots he faced for HIFK to blank SaiPa 2-0.

CHL Game Night: 11-27-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 0 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/16 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-11-17, -1, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Rookie Alexis Gravel stopped 22 shots for the shutout. Somppi has failed to register a point in 11 of his last 16 games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 22 GP, 16-9-25, +4, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Eagles got up 4-0 early and it was over from there.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Oshawa Generals 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season: 24 GP, 11-11-22, +4, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/21 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 13-17-30, +17, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) scored one of the Soo’s eight goals Sunday as the Greyhounds whipped the Gens, 8-3. The Soo was up 8-1 at one point.

Niagara IceDogs 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: Did not play
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Paquette was not in the lineup Sunday.

Guelph Storm 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/14 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 10-13-23, +11, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens hit 10 goals for the season as Saginaw beat Guelph, 4-2.

NCAA Game Night: 11-27-16

No. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 4 Boston College Eagles 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 8 PIM

Minnesota scored three times in the final 22 minutes to upset BC, 4-2.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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