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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, October 23

Some more bits and pieces from Tuesday night's match-up with the Calgary Flames, assessing Jonathan Drouin's first two NHL games, and more in your Thursday morning NHL news.

Derek Leung

  • Jonathan Drouin is the presumptive favorite for this year's Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top rookie -- but the Calgary Flames had their own dark horse candidate putting on a show in Johnny Gaudreau. [Flames Nation]
  • Bob Hartley, head coach of the Flames, decided to line match Joe Colborne against Steven Stamkos. This did not go well. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]
  • Did you know that Tuesday night in Calgary was only the fifth time in Tampa Bay Lightning history that the Bolts have gone an entire game without a power play opportunity? [Sports Talk Florida]
  • With the Lightning banged up a bit at forward, it's a good thing Jonathan Drouin has stepped into the NHL and looked so at home. [Hooked on Hockey]
  • "This year isn't about points for me ... It's about learning to play defense. I'm not going to get to the NHL on points alone." Slater Koekkoek might be closer to the NHL than you think. [Bolt Prospects]
  • One of the biggest problems with last year's underachieving Syracuse squad was a lack of quality veteran AHL depth. Jerome Samson -- a six time 20 goal scorer in the AHL -- changes that. [Syracuse Post Standard]
  • A scouting report from Quinnipiac vs. UConn, an ECAC matchup in the NCAA, featuring Lightning prospect Matt Peca. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Last night's Toronto Maples Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators match-up was postponed due to shootings in Canada's capital. [Silver Seven Sens]
  • The obscure hockey documentary that every American fan needs to see. [Huffington Post]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks teamed up with the Make-a-Wish foundation for one fan. [Sporting News]