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Quick Strikes for Sunday, September 14

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Lots of recaps and analysis from yesterday's prospect tournament game between prospects from the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators.

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

  • A good interview with Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler in two parts about tweaking systems, rookie camp, and new faces to the AHL squad. "My goal, first and foremost, is to be better defensively." A good objective for a team that gave up 232 goals a year ago, though Zettler also notes the role poor goaltending played in that outcome. [YouTube 12]
  • Erik Erlendsson on the next wave of talent in the organization getting ready to make a big step forward. [TBO.com]
  • A 38-year old Dan Boyle sounds more like an anchor than an offensive boon for stud defender Ryan McDonagh, but Tom Urtz, Jr. argues the greybeard can teach a thing or two to the Rangers #1 defenseman. [Bleacher Report]
  • Thoughts and feelings from SB Nation's Nashville Predators blog, On the Forecheck, regarding Nashville's prospects 2-1 victory over the rookies for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Day 1 of the ongoing tournament at Ford Ice Center. [On the Forecheck]
  • The Predatorial has an excellent spreadsheet here in their Day 1 recap that will be updated with rookie tournament statistics throughout the weekend. [The Predatorial]
  • Another recap of Day 1, this time from the Nashville Predators. [Nashville Predators Official Site]
  • And newest Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns has a recap, too. [Tampa Bay Lightning Official Site]
  • Lastly, the crew at Bolt Prospects weigh in on the 2-1 loss in Nashville, with some quotes from notable prospects Slater Koekkoek, Jonathan Drouin, and Brayden Point. [Bolt Prospects]