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Crunch Goalie Wilcox Adjusting to Pro Game


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Wilcox understands there’s still a lot to learn.

After finishing his junior season at the University of Minnesota, Wilcox played a pair of games between the pipes for the Syracuse Crunch. The 22-year-old goalie, signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to an entry level contract earlier this month, has begun to make the adjustments necessary to be successful at the professional level.

“We’re looking at two things for the rest of the year, and the first is traffic and screened shots,” Wilcox said of what he was working on with Crunch goaltending and video coach David Alexander. “There are a lot bigger bodies in this league and it goes a lot faster and the shots get off quicker. That’s probably one of the biggest adjustments. Number two is just continuing to have good rebound control so you don’t have so many broken plays and scramble plays.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 26

This week's “Martin St. Louis Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 26
· Free Drouin
· Is Drouin’s future with the team affected?
· Interview with Jonathan Marchessault
· #BPMailbag (Most impressive prospect this year … Consistent line for Stamkos? … Underwear … John MacLeod update … Ones that got away)

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Prospect of the Week: 4-14-15


By Jeremy Houghtaling

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 April 14, 2015 is … Jonathan Marchessault, W, Syracuse Crunch (AHL).

The morning after registering a career-high four points in a come-from-behind win over Bridgeport, Jonathan Marchessault was on a plane destined for Tampa Bay.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 25

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

· The No. 25
· What Cam Darcy adds to organization now and later
· Another contract added to Class of 2015-2016?
· Interview with Matt Peca
· #BPMailbag (Drouin back to center? … Who replaces BriseBois if hired elsewhere? … BriseBois lucky or good? … Questions as Answers … Will Yzerman trade up or down in 2015 first round? … Angelidis’ future … Filppula moving? … Mike Reilly a possibility?)

Prospect of the Week: 4-8-15

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 April 8, 2015 is … Adam Erne, W/C, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).

It’s Tuesday night, Game 7, and fourth-seeded Quebec is trying to avoid an embarrassing upset to Cape Breton. Adam Erne’s Remparts are down 2-0 late in the first period before the Lightning’s 2013 second round pick starts a play that finishes with the puck in the back of the Eagles’ net to cut their lead to 2-1 with eight seconds left before intermission.

The original 2-0 lead flips to 4-2 for the Remparts by the end of the second so the lead isn’t considered secure by any means. Erne scores at 1:18, prompting an exuberant Remparts play-by-play announcer to scream “Big Ern!”

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