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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, December 31

An update on prospects at the WJCs, a discussion of the Syracuse Crunch, some end-of-the-year awards, and a visitor’s guide for those going to see the spectacle that is the Winter Classic.

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  • The World Junior Championships have been ongoing in Canada since the 26th. Here is a little recap of how the three Tampa Bay Lightning prospects competing in the tournament have fared. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Where did Tyler Johnson rank on this list of American hockey players at the forward position in terms of point production in 2014? Pretty high. [Undisclosed Injury]
  • Our own Allokago joined the folks of the Power Play Post Show yesterday and talked about the recent success of the Syracuse Crunch. [Power Play Podcast]
  • With Cedrick Desjardins lost for the season with a torn ACL, the New York Rangers finds themselves in need of additional depth in the crease within the organization. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • It was a big year in 2014 for advocates of NHL expansion. As expansion discussion continues to swirl, here is a recap everything that went down throughout the year. [NHL to Seattle]
  • There were also some crazy stories in the hockey world for 2014. Puck Daddy continues its series of year-end awards by handing out some "alternative" awards. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Boston Bruins have struggled this season compared to recent seasons, both defensively and offensively. With the Bruins making the most amount of money under the salary cap this season, how much is it costing management for each goal scored? [Days of Y'Orr]
  • The Winter Classic is tomorrow! Are you going? Here is a visitor's guide to everything Washington, D.C. [Puck Buddys]

Happy new year, everyone!