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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 81 Mailbag

This is this week’s mailbag to accompany the “Jonathan Marchessault Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast.

· Loss to Vancouver still stinging
· Is Sustr’s ice time vs Canucks really that big of a deal? Why?
· Disconnect between forwards and defense? Coach and GM?
· Basically the same roster for three years – is the team stale?
· Why can’t we get analytics charts we can read?
· Is Boko the next Rocket Richard winner? (tongue-in-cheek)
· Boko’s got swag for days. No question, just a statement.
· Johnson for Shattenkirk?
· Cirelli a player or just a really nice Italian boy?
· Junior level prospects garnering excitement?
· Mitchell Stephens production next year in AHL.
· Drouin-Point-Kucherov? Please?
· What shakeups would you make?
· Which prospects are future fan favorites?
· Koekkoek v. Nesterov v. Witkowski
· Can Koekkoek be a top-4 by April?
· Trade targets broken down by category; preference discussed

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 81

This week’s “Jonathan Marchessault Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 81
· Marchessault vs Norfolk, Syracuse
· Young players and ice time
· Pinpointing the Lightning’s holes so far this year
· Big contracts don’t equal big production
· Yzerplan not working (or being allowed to work?) on D
· How to fix things and who/what could be expendable
· Holes in D depth, though positives rising
· Interview with and about Jake Dotchin
· World Juniors watch
· MacLeod rumors

(Note: The #BPMailbag will be in a separate edition this week.)

Dotchin Working To Be More Than Stay-At-Home Defenseman


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin is adding more facets to his game in his third pro season.

Despite being known more as a physical people-mover than a flashy puck-mover, the Crunch blueliner is coming off a career week statistically. Dotchin registered five points and was a plus-five on Syracuse’s three-game homestand last week.

Dotchin is working to become more than a traditional stay-at-home defenseman.

“I think I’ve come a long way in the defensive zone, and I’m just bringing more aspects to my game now,” Dotchin said. “Bringing more offense will not only help me, but help the team win as well.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 80

This week’s “Kevin Weekes Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· “Shady 80”
· Goalie trade after goalie trade after goalie trade
· New/old Lightning identity showing
· Mock expansion draft protected list(s)
· #BPMailbag (Johnson/Drouin in expansion danger? … B2B’s … Syracuse goaltending issues … Prospects first in line for TB spots next year)

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 79

This week’s “Vladimir Vujtek Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 79
· Lightning’s identity crisis
· Words I never thought I’d say
· What’s next?
· Six Bolt prospects camping with Team Canada
· Brad Richards: Best Lightning prospect season ever
· #BPMailbag (Forward prospects … Dougie Hamilton talk … What can TB spend for a D? … Coop on hot seat? … Vladdy regressing? … Fancy stats … Can Yzerman sign himself? … Day jobs … D-depth worries … Irritating announcers … DeAngelo DeRegrets? … Possible return pieces for Bishop)

Lightning Put 6 on Team Canada Camp Roster

Team Canada announced their selection camp roster yesterday and six of the 32 players are Lightning prospects:

C Mitchell Stephens
C Anthony Cirelli
C Brett Howden
W Mathieu Joseph
W Taylor Raddysh
G Connor Ingram

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 78

This week’s “Michael Bournival Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 78
· ¬Call-ups – who and why
· Who’s stepping up in 91’s absence?
· Brayden Point looks permanent
· Why the Preds game shows how far TB has come
· Thanksgiving #BPMailbag (TB still conference contenders? … Next prospect to get excited about … Next draft priority … Exciting vs Business-like … BP history/future? … Howden progress … Green beans and onions … Which prospect is which Thanksgiving dish?)

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 77

This week’s “Chris Gratton Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 77
· Oh, the drama
· Stammergeddon IV
· Who needs to step up? Who can step up?
· Stars vs secondary players
· Interview with Tanner Richard
· Kucherov taking final step?
· #BPMailbag returns (11-7 … Are we screwed? … Realistic expectations for Point … Hajek vs Stralman vs Koekkoek … Adult beverages … Triplets vs Stamkov Line … Boyle staying or going? … Imama – our Prospect of the Week – the next Stamkos haha? … Ranking raw talent … Cup window … Next Brayden Point-like debut? … Jonne Tammela comparable)

Crunch's Richard Looks to Improve Skating, Challenge for NHL Job


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard remembers getting the call, taking the ice for warmups, and then hitting the showers.

The Syracuse Crunch center earned his first call-up to the Tampa Bay Lightning last December, but was a healthy scratch and never saw game action. Richard is looking to change that this season.

In a system that's all about high tempo play, Richard has continued to work on his skating in order to take the next step to the NHL.

"You're so close. You can't get any closer than doing the warmups and showering while the guys are walking out getting their names called," the fourth-year pro said. "You can't get any closer than that. It left a little taste in my mouth to just make it to there so that one day I can hear my name called during the game too.

"I used that for motivation this summer. I thought I had a good summer, so hopefully this year it can happen."

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 76

This week’s “Yevgeni Artyukhin Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 76
· Second chances
· Point is on point
· Leave Hedman alone
· Crunch updates
· Interview with Yanni Gourde
· New prospect rankings
· Prospect of the Week

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