This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· Jonathan Drouin's ice time (or lack thereof) in home opener
· Nikita Kucherov, all-star?
· Inside our latest rankings
· BP Mailbag (The Wilcox question, goaltender depth chart flip-flop, Bad timing for Connolly)
· Weekly prospect review
Jonathan Marchessault tallied up the time.
A three hour flight to Minnesota, two hours back to Boston, and another hour and a half drive to Springfield. The three-day excursion was a little more straining on his body than the usual call-up, but the Syracuse Crunch forward was happy to make his Tampa Bay Lightning debut, even if it was just one game.
"It was a helluva ride, but I think it was good for me," Marchessault said. "It was a positive to get called up."
We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for October 28, 2014 is … Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).
Adam Erne is turning the QMJHL into his personal playground, and littering that playground are hats. Lots and lots of hats.
Last season the Lightning had unprecedented success in establishing a rookie class at the NHL level, the likes of which may never be seen again. While that group continues on up top in Tampa Bay, the rest of the Lightning organization is left with the charge to reload rather than rebuild. With extra picks in the top-60 in the June draft this past summer, and more on the way next summer, the team has the ammunition to accomplish that goal. Plus, the results of this fall's camp showed the team may have had underrated strength in their remaining prospects with unexpected players making the club in the exhibition season. With all these factors put together, Bolt Prospects' staff has completed its fall tradition: the Preliminary Rankings for the 2014-2015 season.
Realizing it was his last chance, Cody Kunyk made a case for a contract.
Looking to continue his career past the collegiate level, Kunyk registered more than a point per game in his senior season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Kunyk earned a deal in March, but now the 24-year-old is the oldest rookie on the Syracuse Crunch roster and is out to prove himself again.
"My last year was definitely my best year," Kunyk said. "Being an older guy, I had to play with a chip on my shoulder. I knew that there wasn't going to be a tomorrow. I had to make my own path. I gave it everything I had every game, and I was fortunate enough to sign a contract."
"I think it adds a little more grit to my game," he added. "I feel like I have a little bit more to prove since I'm an older guy."