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The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 11

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

· Vasilevskiy is making his move… how does this relate to the future goaltending depth chart?
· Freaking out about the freaking out
· Cameron Darcy drama
· Interview with Vlad Namestnikov
· BP Mailbag (Projecting Brian Hart … Connolly vs Drouin on the PP… Most improved in Syracuse… Jaro Janus coming back?)
· Weekly prospect review (What Gauthier has to do to earn another year)

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Namestnikov Making Most of Return to Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Vlad Namestnikov took less than one minute to show up on the scoresheet in his return to Syracuse.

The center, assigned to the Crunch last week to get more ice time after initially making the Tampa Bay Lightning out of training camp, scored a power play goal 59 seconds into his first game back and finished with two goals and three assists in a pair of weekend wins for the Crunch.

Namestnikov understands the reasons for being sent back to the American Hockey League, and is continuing to work on improving his game to return to the Lightning.

“I’m trying to stay positive,” Namestnikov said. “If I keep working and keep improving, I think good things will happen.”

Prospect of the Week: 12-8-14

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 December 8, 2014 is … Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL – Canada).

With the success of smaller players in the NHL and its recent transformation into a speed and skill league, it’s rather dumbfounding that Brayden Point fell to the 2014 draft’s third round. But there was Point, a prolific producer with captain-worthy character and high-end hockey sense, sitting at No. 79 with the Lightning just one pick away at 80.

The Lightning may preach patience with prospects, but they showed none of it in this instance.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 10

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

· What to make of the Namestnikov move
· The Lightning at the trade deadline as a Cup contender
· Interview with Philippe Paradis
· BP Mailbag (Gudlevskis or Wilcox? … TB’s smartest prospects … Barberio in future plans? … Brian Engblom’s hair … Future Tesla Coil igniters)
· Weekly prospect review

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Prospect of the Week: 12-3-14


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 December 3, 2014 is … Philippe Paradis, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Philippe Paradis’ mindset remains the same every shift.

No matter the line or who he is paired with, the Syracuse Crunch forward is focused on checking hard, creating space, and making the right passes to his linemates. Even after registering five goals and an assist in the last three games – statistically the best week of his professional career that earned him our Prospect of the Week award – Paradis knows he has to stick with his gritty game instead of worrying about the points.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 9

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

· The Marty St. Louis Story – It shouldn't have ended this way
· Jonathan Drouin should play for Canada
· Interview with Joel Vermin
· BP Mailbag (Koekkoek’s progress… who replaces Brewer? … projecting Tanner Richard)
· Weekly prospect review

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Prospect of the Week: 11-24-14

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 November 24, 2014 is … Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).

The Lightning have a key ingredient to their future success stowed away in Quebec City.

Adam Erne, one of the few true power forward prospects in the system, is too young for the AHL so the Lightning sent him back to juniors to wreak havoc on his fellow teenagers, which he is doing.

The Lightning are a smallish skill club known for their speed and tenacity. Erne (6-1, 218) will provide more size in the lineup to balance out the likes of Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin. He has enough skill, however, to be a prime contributor on any line rather than a complementary player whose sole role is to win wall battles and create space.

Lynch Adds Depth, Versatility to Syracuse


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Kevin Lynch’s goal was to catch on with an American Hockey League team.

Lynch, a former Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder, split his rookie season between Toledo and Evansville of the ECHL, but believed he could make the next step. After posting six points in nine games with Florida, Lynch got the call saying he had been offered a professional tryout with the Syracuse Crunch last week.

“You have some idea in your head ‘Maybe if I play well at the beginning of the season, I’ll get called up this month or this month,’ but you have no idea how the season is going to go,” Lynch said. “I was surprised and really happy at the same time.”

Prospect of the Week: 11-18-14

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 November 18, 2014 is … Yanni Gourde, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

Yanni Gourde knew he just needed to get the first one.

After recording only a pair of assists over his first 10 games this season, the Syracuse Crunch forward knew if he got the first goal more would come quickly. Gourde scored his first of the season early in the third period against the Norfolk Admirals Nov. 8, and followed it up with the eventual game-winner a little more than 10 minutes later.

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 7

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

· Do the Lightning have a goaltending problem?
· Paquette turning into NHLer
· My big mistake (Sorry, Tyler)
· Interview with Dalton Smith
· BP Mailbag (D philosophy, What to do for Samson?)
· Weekly prospect review

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Previous BP Podcast editions:

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