Features

Articles that are feature stories.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 18

This week's edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 18
· Lightning-comparable Franson trade offer
· Rental deadline deal vs hockey trade
· Drouin for Ekman-Larsson?
· The price for Keith Yandle
· Is now the time to export a defenseman’s contract?
· Two prospects distancing themselves from others
· Interview with new Bolt prospect David “Brolldozer” Broll

Click here to listen

To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.

Schedule (all times Eastern):

Fridays at 2, 5 and 11 PM
Saturdays at 5 PM

Broll Looks to Make Impact with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

David Broll wanted to make an impact as quickly as possible.

The gritty forward, making his Syracuse Crunch debut last Friday, saw the opportunity in the first period when Norfolk’s Nic Kerdiles crossed the blue line and cut toward the middle of the ice with his head down. Nicknamed the Brolldozer since his time playing minor midget hockey, Broll laid out the opposing forward with a clean open ice check and later answered the bell by fighting John Kurtz.

Since being traded from the Toronto organization earlier this month, Broll is focused on taking advantage of his fresh start with Syracuse.

“I wanted to get into the game early, whether it was physical or getting puck on the net,” the 22-year-old said. “I took advantage of the opportunity there.”

Prospect of the Week: 2-16-15

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 February 16, 2015 is … Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA – USA).

It wasn’t supposed to be this difficult.

Coming into the season, Lightning 2011 sixth rounder Adam Wilcox had a lot of expectations on his shoulders. He was a Hobey Baker nominee and Mike Richter Trophy finalist as the nation’s best goaltender, and would be the unquestioned No. 1 once again for the mighty Gophers. Wilcox’s future was so bright, talk started that he may choose not to sign with the Lightning and instead become a free agent in the summer of 2015 and shop his services elsewhere.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 17

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Discontent with conference contender
· Drouin vs. Seth Jones
· Answers to trade deadline questions
· Interview with Syracuse’s Jake Dotchin

Click here to listen

To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.

Dotchin picks up where he left off after injury


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin picked up where he left off.

The rookie defenseman, who netted his first professional goal two periods before blocking a shot that injured his ankle on Dec. 5, needed little time to knock off any rust when he returned to the Syracuse Crunch lineup late last month.

Dotchin realizes the ups and downs come with the territory.

“I remember blocking that shot. It wasn’t a goal, but it felt like one to the guys and to me,” Dotchin said. “The guys were patting me on the back and what-not. It was unfortunate that I was out for that long, but it’s something I’d go down and do that for the team again, for sure.”

Prospect of the Week: 2-11-15

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 February 11, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, D, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

In Anthony DeAngelo’s first game with Sault Ste. Marie after being traded by Sarnia, the Lightning 2014 first rounder did not register a point. That was January 9.

In 11 games since that time, DeAngelo has hit the scoresheet every game, racking up 22 points over that timespan. The 5'10" New Jersey native had seven points (and a fight) in three games last week, earning him our Prospect of the Week award.

Bolt Prospect Stats: 2-9-15

A full (traditional) statistic report for Lightning 2014-2015 prospects, graduated prospects, and overage prospects.

I'm hoping to be able to update this every week, but we'll see how that goes.

To view the report, go to Google Docs by clicking here.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 16

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Graduation week for 2
· Vasy passes Nabokov on depth chart – good or bad?
· Player addition options for AHL Syracuse
· #BPMailbag (Lightning looking to add a Jameis Winston? Drouin vs Hedman, Callahan comparisons already on the roster, power play solutions, chances of Nikita Gusev coming over)

Click here to listen

To listen on Lightning Radio, go to TBLPowerPlay.com.

Prospect of the Week: 2-2-15

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 February 2, 2015 is … Cedric Paquette, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).

Cedric Paquette made his last few games as a Bolt prospect memorable.

The third-year pro hit the 42 NHL games played mark this past week, graduating him from prospect status on BoltProspects.com. Paquette spent the week lighting up the scoresheet, scoring five times in three games, including his first career hat trick in a division match-up against Detroit. He scored the game-winning goal for the Lightning against Columbus two nights later. Paquette was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week behind Carey Price, but beat Price out for our Bolt Prospect of the Week (ignoring details involved there).

Prospect of the Week: 1-28-15

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 January 28, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

If it wasn’t for a three-week break when he was playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships, Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo would be leading OHL defenseman in scoring despite playing the majority of the year for a mediocre Sarnia team.

Prospect followers no longer need to wonder how DeAngelo would produce with a strong team as he was traded to first place Sault Ste. Marie seven games ago. All he’s done in those seven games is post a goal and 13 points. Actually, those all came in the last six games as he was scoreless in his Greyhound debut.

Syndicate content