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Prospects

Bolt Prospects Top 25 Ranked Prospects*

NO. PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
1 Cal Foote Defense 19 6.03 209 Syracuse (AHL)
2 Mathieu Joseph Right Wing 21 6.00 168 Tampa Bay (NHL)
3 Anthony Cirelli Center 21 6.00 165 Tampa Bay (NHL)
4 Boris Katchouk Left Wing 20 6.01 190 Syracuse (AHL)
5 Alexander Volkov Left Wing 21 6.01 192 Syracuse (AHL)
6 Adam Erne Left Wing 23 6.01 211 Tampa Bay (NHL)
7 Mitchell Stephens Center 21 5.11 187 Syracuse (AHL)
8 Erik Cernak Defense 21 6.03 221 Tampa Bay (NHL)
9 Dominik Masin Defense 22 6.02 194 Syracuse (AHL)
10 Taylor Raddysh Right Wing 20 6.01 203 Syracuse (AHL)
11 Danick Martel Left Wing 23 5.08 161 Tampa Bay (NHL)
12 Alex Barré-Boulet Center 21 5.10 165 Syracuse (AHL)
13 Gabriel Fortier Left Wing 18 5.10 170 Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
14 Connor Ingram Goaltender 21 6.01 194 Syracuse (AHL)
15 Dennis Yan Left Wing 21 6.01 187 Syracuse (AHL)
16 Sammy Walker Right Wing 19 5.09 150 Minnesota (Big Ten)
17 Ross Colton Center 22 6.00 190 Syracuse (AHL)
18 Otto Somppi Center 20 6.01 183 Syracuse (AHL)
19 Alexey Lipanov Center 19 6.00 170 Kitchener (OHL)
20 Carter Verhaeghe Center 23 6.01 181 Syracuse (AHL)
21 Oleg Sosunov Defense 20 6.08 243 Orlando (ECHL)
22 Dmitri Semykin Defense 18 6.03 201 SKA-Varyagi (MHL)
23 Ryan Lohin Center 22 6.00 190 UMass-Lowell (HEAST)
24 Jonne Tammela Right Wing 21 5.11 185 Orlando (ECHL)
25 Cole Guttman Center 19 5.10 163 Denver (NCHC)
* = Any skater who was under 24 years of age on opening night of the Lightning's season and has played less than 41 NHL games in any single season and less than 82 career NHL games is considered a prospect. For goaltenders, any netminder who has earned less than 30 NHL decisions in any single season and less than 41 career NHL decisions and was under 24 years of age on opening night is considered a prospect. The exception to these basic rules are NCAA based players, who are considered prospects for the duration of their college careers regardless of age.

Unranked Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Magnus Chrona Goaltender 18 6.04 209 Skellefteå AIK J20
Radim Salda Defense 19 6.00 185 Rimouski (QMJHL)
Ty Taylor Goaltender 19 6.03 201 New Hampshire (HEAST)
Alex Green Defense 20 6.02 187 Cornell (ECAC)
Cole Koepke Left Wing 20 6.01 185 Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Nick Perbix Defense 20 6.04 194 St. Cloud State (NCHC)
Kris Oldham Goaltender 21 6.03 205 None
Matthew Spencer Defense 21 6.02 203 Syracuse (AHL)
Ryan Zuhlsdorf Defense 21 6.00 194 Minnesota (Big Ten)
Ben Thomas Defense 22 6.01 192 Syracuse (AHL)
Mitch Hults Center 24 6.03 218 Orlando (ECHL)

Overage Prospects

PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
Saku Salminen Center 23 6.03 202 Anglet (FRN)
Daniel Walcott Defense 24 5.11 165 Syracuse (AHL)
Slater Koekkoek Defense 24 6.02 188 Tampa Bay (NHL)
Kevin Lynch Center 27 6.01 205 Syracuse (AHL)
Cameron Gaunce Defense 28 6.02 205 Syracuse (AHL)

Bolt Prospects Alumni

GRAD DATE PLAYER NAME POS Age HT WT LAST TEAM
02/03/2018 Jake Dotchin Defense 24 6.03 222 Anaheim (NHL)
01/06/2018 Yanni Gourde Right Wing 26 5.09 170 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2018 Mikhail Sergachev Defense 20 6.03 216 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/30/2017 Gabriel Dumont Center 28 5.10 181 Syracuse (AHL)
02/10/2017 Brayden Point Center 22 5.10 161 Tampa Bay (NHL)
11/19/2016 Andrei Vasilevskiy Goaltender 23 6.03 204 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/26/2016 Jonathan Marchessault Right Wing 26 5.09 163 Vegas (NHL)
03/11/2016 Nikita Nesterov Defense 24 6.00 191 CSKA Moskva (KHL)
04/04/2015 Vladislav Namestnikov Left Wing 25 6.00 179 New York Rangers (NHL)
02/03/2015 Jonathan Drouin Left Wing 22 5.11 191 Montreal (NHL)
01/31/2015 Cedric Paquette Center 25 6.01 200 Tampa Bay (NHL)
04/10/2014 Andrej Sustr Defense 27 6.07 220 Anaheim (NHL)
03/13/2014 Nikita Kucherov Right Wing 25 5.11 174 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/08/2014 Richard Panik Left Wing 26 6.01 208 Arizona (NHL)
03/01/2014 J.T. Brown Right Wing 28 5.10 170 Minnesota (NHL)
02/27/2014 Mark Barberio Defense 27 6.01 202 Colorado (NHL)
01/13/2014 Radko Gudas Defense 26 6.00 204 Philadelphia (NHL)
01/03/2014 Alex Killorn Left Wing 29 6.01 202 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Tyler Johnson Center 28 5.10 183 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/03/2014 Ondrej Palat Left Wing 27 6.00 180 Tampa Bay (NHL)
10/08/2013 Ben Bishop Goaltender 30 6.07 216 Dallas (NHL)
02/16/2013 Anders Lindback Goaltender 29 6.06 203 Milwaukee (AHL)
01/29/2013 Keith Aulie Defense 28 6.06 229 Muchen (DEL)
03/19/2012 Tim Wallace Right Wing 33 6.02 182 Sheffield (ETHL)
02/11/2012 Brett Connolly Right Wing 25 6.02 200 Washington (NHL)
01/12/2011 Dana Tyrell Left Wing 28 5.10 188 Retired
03/12/2010 Paul Szczechura Center 32 5.10 186 Chelyabinsk (KHL)
01/08/2010 Victor Hedman Defense 27 6.06 236 Tampa Bay (NHL)
01/06/2010 Zenon Konopka Center 37 6.00 215 Retired
01/06/2010 James Wright Left Wing 27 6.04 212 Astana (KHL)
11/22/2009 Steve Downie Right Wing 30 5.10 188 Retired
04/07/2009 Karri Ramo Goaltender 31 6.03 207 Jokerit (KHL)
04/07/2009 Matt Smaby Defense 33 6.06 239 Retired
01/12/2009 Steven Stamkos Center 28 6.00 186 Tampa Bay (NHL)
03/01/2008 Mike Smith Goaltender 35 6.04 215 Calgary (NHL)
01/19/2008 Mathieu Darche Left Wing 42 6.01 210 Retired
01/03/2008 Mike Lundin Defense 33 6.02 191 Out of Hockey
03/01/2007 Karl Stewart Left Wing 34 5.11 185 Retired
02/09/2007 Johan Holmqvist Goaltender 39 6.01 190 Unknown
01/13/2007 Nick Tarnasky Left Wing 35 6.02 233 Unknown
01/04/2007 Doug Janik Defense 37 6.02 210 Retired
01/04/2007 Eric Perrin Center 42 5.09 176 TPS (FIN)
04/03/2006 Ryan Craig Center 36 6.02 220 Retired
01/24/2006 Evgeny Artyukhin Right Wing 34 6.04 254 Dynamo Moskva (KHL)
01/20/2006 Paul Ranger Defense 33 6.02 215 Retired

Juniors Game Night: 12-31-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/27 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 12-28-40, +26, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads got goals from four players and Somppi (pictured) notched a pair of assists on 2nd period goals from Jake Ryczek (CHI, 2016 7th round pick) and Patrick Kyte (undrafted). Somppi, who earned Third Star honors, has already eclipsed his assist totals from last season and is one point off his career points in just half the games. He's on pace for an 80-point campaign, and his +26 rating leads all players in the Q, and his 28 assists ties him for 2nd in league. And while he does benefit from linemate Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible), he is 1-3-4 in 3 games with Zadina off with the Czech Republic team at the 2018 WJCs.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Colts netminder Leo Lazarev turned away 47 Owen Sound shots, backstopping Barrie to its 6th straight win. Lipanov wasn’t in the lineup for the Colts, and not sure if he was a healthy scratch or if he was injured in Owen Sound last night. Barrie’s offense was paced by Aidan Brown (undrafted), who notched two goals, while Nick Suzuki (VGK, 2017 1st round pick) was the lone goal scorer to solve Lazarev.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), Cal Foote (Kelowna), and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 7-10-17, +29, 38 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The high-octane Warriors offense continues en fuego coming back from the holiday, as Moose Jaw fires 44 shots and scores 6 goals on the backside of the home-and-home with the Wheat Kings. The WHL goal, assist and point leaders Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) and Brayden Burke (undrafted) were at it again, with Halbgewachs turning out a two-goal, five-point night, and Burke with a goal and three-points. Tristin Langen (undrafted) also netted two goals for the Warriors.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Sioux City Muskateers 2 (0T1)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 0-10-10, +12, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on a 1st period Lancers goal by Mathieu De St. Phalle (Wiconsin commit) goal, but the Musketeers would knot that game in the 3rd and then win it 1:35 into the extra frame..

Juniors Game Night: 12-30-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/12 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 12-26-38, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi (pictured) notched two power play points, a goal and an assist, in the Mooseheads’ 5-2 win over the Screaming Eagles. Alexi Gravel (2018 draft eligible) made 29 saves and Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) scored twice.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3 (SO)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/5 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

The Colts scored twice in the 3rd to rally from a 3-1 deficit at the second intermission to force overtime and the eventual shootout. Ben Hawerchuk (undrafted) scored in the shootout to go along with his regulation goal and assist to pace Barrie to victory. Lipanov remains pointless since being cut from the Russian WJC pre-tournament selection camp.

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/6 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 10-4-14, -18, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes finally get the monkey off their back, but not without a bit of drama, finally breaking their winless streak behind Pavel Gogolev’s (2018 draft eligible) hat trick. Gogolev opened the scoring just 18 seconds into the game, and would then break a 1-1 tie 6:34 into 2nd with his second of the game. That’s when Ottawa’s Tye Felhaber (undrafted) would notch a natural hat trick in the space of 4:22 of the 2nd period to propel the 67’s to a 4-1 lead, and it certainly looked like more of the recent woes for Peterborough. But, the Petes hunkered down in the 3rd, scoring three unanswered starting with Gogolev’s third of the game.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw), Cal Foote (Kelowna), and Libor Hajek (Saskatoon) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 7-10-17, +30, 38 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

A game removed from pasting up a snowman on the scoreboard, the Warriors put up the touchdown against the Wheat Kings as Ryan Peckford (2018 draft eligible) scored twice and added an assist for Moose Jaw, and Brayden Burke (undrafted) scored and added three assists of his own. Moose Jaw has now won 80% of their 38 games thus far this season, going 29-6-1-2 as the top team in the WHL, and is on a 8-1-0-1 run in their last 10 games.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (SO)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Cole Gallant (uncommitted) knotted the game at 3-3 with about 3 minutes left in regulation for the Lancers to send the match to overtime and the eventual shootout. Perbix failed to convert in the shootout, but Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) finally solved WJAC Team USA U19 goalie Ryan Bischel (Clarkson commit) as the eighth shooter to earn the extra point for Omaha.

Offseason Prospect Rankings

Introduction
Now that the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and Lightning prospect development camp are in the past, it's time to update BoltProspects' prospect rankings. Usually we do the introductions to these rankings in a fairly formulaic fashion, with a quick overview of the general inertia of the prospect pipeline since our last rankings update followed by the usual legalese about our ranking eligibility rules. This time around, I'd like to take a step back, though, and address a couple of things that have come up in the last month or so. You can call this clearing the air, venting, keeping it real, whatever you like...

Issue number one is the trade of Jonathan Drouin, a former prospect whose athletic gifts we obviously had a lot of respect for on the website. Because of that respect of Drouin, the talent, we were really swept up in a maelstrom of bomb throwing and hyperbole by different factions in the fan base that just didn't represent the more mature, nuanced position we have on the trade. To put it bluntly, there were so many people on my Twitter mentions acting the fool that day, you'd have thought I died and moved to a market like Toronto or Montreal where BS and hype erupt into the hockey world en masse through some rip in common sense and the time space continuum, alike.

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