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Ask Burnsie: Could other Bolts join World Championships?

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns answers your pressing Twitter questions about the Bolts and more

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com
TampaBayLightning.com beat writer Bryan Burns will answer readers' most intriguing questions in a regular mailbag feature. Be sure to tweet questions to @bburnsnhland include the hashtag #AskBurnsie to have your question answered in a future mailbag. If your question wasn't answered today, resubmit it in the future and we'll attempt to get it in for another edition. Have fun with your questions too; the more off-beat the query the better.

Tweet from @CzyzNicolas: #AskBurnsie Killorn & Point will represent ���� in Paris. Have you hear any on Palat & Sustr for the ����?

From what I've heard, Palat and Sustr will not be playing at the World Championships.

Of Lightning skaters committed to play, Killorn and Point will suit up for Jon Cooper, head coach of Team Canada. Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy and Vladislav Namestnikov are expected to play for Team Russia. Also, Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman figure to draw in for Team Sweden.

There could be other Bolts competing too, but those are the ones we've heard of right now.

Tweet from @TheRevTy: @BBurnsNHL In 4 years, which players are on the big banners outside of Amalie? #askburnsie

I'll go Stamkos, Hedman, Kucherov and Vasilevskiy

Tweet from @Soulfinger67: @BBurnsNHL I thought A. Wilcox was a top prospect, yet he was traded for McKenna, a minor league veteran. Why did the Bolts sour on him? #AskBurnsie

Another good question from @Soulfinger67. Like you, I was surprised when the Lightning decided to trade Crunch goalie Adam Wilcox and bring in Mike McKenna. The move to acquire McKenna made sense. The Crunch were gearing up for a lengthy postseason run - they just beat St. John's three games to one in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs - and goaltender was one of their bigger question marks.

By bringing in McKenna, the Crunch got a veteran who knows how to win at the AHL level and is capable of carrying a team for stretches when the offense isn't clicking. Giving up on Wilcox was, to me, unexpected however. After a shaky start to his pro career when he put up a 3.34 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 27 games with owered his GAA to 2.87. But his play dipped a bit as the season progressed.

Ultimately, the Lightning liked what they had a little more with Connor Ingram, the Bolts' third round (88ththe Crunch in 2015-16, Wilcox responded well in his second full season in Syracuse. He won 18 games in 34 starts aoverall) pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Ingram was a stud for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League this season, going 26-14-2, 2.44 GAA and .927 save percentage in 45 regular season games. He was named WHL's Western Conference Second All-Star Team at the conclusion of the season.

Long story short, Ingram's continued progression made Wilcox expendable.

Tweet from @_Collins17: @BBurnsNHL #AskBurnsie what are Saturdays for?

The St. Pete Farmer's Market, paddleball on the beach, hitting up Green Bench Brewing Co. or Cycle Brewing (offseason only), strolling down the streets of St. Petersburg to browse new shops and munching on Dr. Pepper Fried Ribs at Z Grille for dinner, all with my beautiful girlfriend @Jess_Denny.

Oh wait, that's Sunday.

Saturdays, of course, are for the boys (I read Barstool, too).

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