Features

Articles that are feature stories.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 52

This week's “Radek Smolenak Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

NOTE: This was recorded before the Drouin suspension. A special edition of the podcast will be posted Thursday morning.

· The No. 52
· Sitting on the corner of Drouinsanity and Stammergeddon
· #BPMailbag (Vasy being shopped? ... DeAngelo timeline ... Drouin trade ideas)

Crunch Trio Ready for AHL All-Star Challenge


By Jeremy Houghtaling

While players certainly don’t look past games, there’s certainly events they look forward to.

The Syracuse Crunch’s weekend begins just like any other with a home-and-home against the Hershey Bears. But on Sunday, Syracuse welcomes representatives from all over the American Hockey League for the annual skills competition with the AHL All-Star Challenge set to follow on Monday night.

“It’s a tremendous experience,” said Crunch defenseman Matt Taormina. “I was fortunate to do it last year and experience how it was. The skills competition is an unbelievable time. You go out there, joke with the guys, have fun, and mess around. You get to know the guys a little better too, since we’re always enemies out on the ice.”

Witkowski Doing Dirty Work for Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Luke Witkowski showed little hesitation in getting his hands dirty.

During a stoppage in the final minute of the third period during a game in Binghamton Saturday, a squid -- apparently thrown from the stands -- ended up on the ice. The Syracuse Crunch defenseman and avid outdoorsman took off his glove to pick up the sea creature, gave it a quick whirl as he pondered what to do with it, and sent it flying back into the stands.

“I noticed the refs were skating away from it and no one was grabbing it, so I thought I’d chuck it back up to where it came from,” Witkowski said.

Witkowski is no stranger to doing the necessary dirty work on the ice, and is now focused on improving his game with by logging big minutes in the American Hockey League to make the next step to the National Hockey League.

BP Podcast Special Edition: Drouinsanity in its Fullest Form

A special edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Complete Drouinsanity
· The end of #freedrouin

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 51

This week's “Val Filppula Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

NOTE: This was recorded before the Drouin suspension. A special edition of the podcast will be posted Thursday morning.

· The No. 51
· Is the Lightning’s recent success sustainable?
· Cooper’s safety nets don’t include Stamkos
· Second line coming around?
· #BPMailbag (Trades, Koekkoek and DeAngelo futures, & more)

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 50

This week's “Kristers Gudlevskis Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 50
· Interview with Kristers Gudlevskis
· Weekend with Drouin
· Drouin’s trade value, the best options, and what could/should come back
· Stamkos is worth $10M if…
· #BPMailbag, Drouin & Stamkos Edition
· Interview with Tanner Richard

Crunch's Richard Continues to Round Out Game


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard is still adding more facets to his game.

A playmaker in junior, the Syracuse Crunch center spent the past two years developing a more physical presence fit for a grinding line. In his third full pro season, Richard has become the team’s most reliable player for faceoffs and is refining his ability to be an agitator that takes the opposition off their game.

Richard’s versatility has earned him more playing time in all situations.

“He’s matured as a player, because he’s more well-rounded,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “I can use him in a number of different situations. I trust him out there and he works hard to get back as well. He’s earned his ice time and he’s certainly been a valuable player for us all year.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 49

This week's “Gretzky Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 49
· Every angle of the Drouin drama.
· Coach vs Player
· Forget #freedrouin. Free the skill.

Gudlevskis Eager to Start After Stint With Lightning


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Kristers Gudlevskis did his best to stay calm and stick to his game plan.

Sent back to the Syracuse Crunch after spending more than two weeks as the backup goaltender with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 23-year-old was eager to return to the net last weekend. Gudlevskis made 35 saves in each game -- one of which went to overtime -- as the Crunch dropped a pair of games to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday and Sunday 3-2.

“At one point, if you don’t play that much, you become really hungry for those game,” Gudlevskis said. “You just wait for when you’re going to get in. At that point, it’s even better. You become really hungry to jump in games.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 48

This week's “Mike Vernace Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 48
· Biggest difference between last year and this (besides record)
· Hope fading, but still there
· World Juniors update
· #BPMailbag (Prospects who could be part of deadline deal … Keep Vasy or Bishop? … What’s ailing Drouin? … Point’s upside higher?)

Syndicate content