5-on-5: Bolts’ Prospects And Where They Will Start
5-on-5 is a segment that looks quickly into things such as players, games and streaks.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has a good farm system with some hot names that everyone is interested in seeing where they will play. Some are returning to college for their final years, others are moving into leagues such as the CHL. Bolts’ Director of Scouting Al Murray and GM Steve Yzerman tend to look at things in the big picture when it comes to development with their current crop of prospects from the 2014 NHL draft and others already in the system. With that mindset, Yzerman and Murray will place their players in the best developmental position whether it’s with a college team or a junior team.
Let’s discuss a few of the notable names and Bolts prospects and where they will play:
Anthony DeAngelo was selected a first round selection of this past draft for the Bolts. He has great puck moving skills and great on the power play. He is able to see the ice pretty well and can QB a power play or be the triggerman. He does have some issues with puck possession but is going to be a great defenseman if developed properly. He did have some on-ice issues but both Murray and Yzerman did their homework before selecting him. Last reported, DeAngelo is going to continue playing in the OHL for the Sarnia Sting.
(D) Dominik Masin
Domink Masin was the Bolts’ 35th pick. He is a good solid “defensive” defenseman. He makes good plays based on putting his body in the right spot at the right time. He also is very strong and knows how to use his body. A few of his weaknesses is his passing, he struggles giving and receiving passes. However, he is very good playing away from the puck. He isn’t like DeAngelo, who can quarterback a power play, but he does have some offensive tools. Masin has already joined the Peterborough Petes of the OHL.
(C) Brayden Point
Brayden Point was a steal as the Bolts selected him in the fifth round. Essentially a goal scorer, Point is small but he can handle the puck well—really well. He has great playmaking skills and a great hockey sense. His size can be a weakness and there is the question as to whether he can hold up in a full NHL season. However, he does have time to develop a bit more. He currently plays center for the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has been in with the Bolts’ organization for a while, he had been playing in Europe. The organization is very high on Vasilevskiy and so is the rest of the hockey world. He has been ranked as one of the best goalie prospects in the last 20 years. That doesn’t mean that Yzerman is ready to throw him in the NHL and hope for the best, which lead to Ben Bishop’s two-extension. Right now Vasilevskiy has decided to come across to North America and play in one of the Bolts’ North American teams. Expect him to start in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.
Kristers Gudlevskis is another prospect that has been around, but he gained notoriety during the Winter Olympics. The young Latvian went toe-to-toe, man-to-man with the best team of the tournament—Team Canada. Clichés aside, Gudlevskis put on the performance of a lifetime and became something of a legend as he stopped 55 of 57 shots and had the whole nation of Canada frustrated and screaming at their televisions. He single-handedly held off the onslaught of a much better team. He also had a record year as he went from the ECHL to the AHL, then the Olympics and then playing in the NHL. Not bad for a fifth round draft pick eh? Gudlevskis will be a part of the battering ram alongside Vasilevskiy as they face AHL opponents with the Syracuse Crunch
Information from the website BoltsProspects.com was used in this article.5-on-5: Bolts’ Prospects And Where They Will Start by Thomas Fernandez
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