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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, September 17

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High opinions for Steven Stamkos, questions about the East producing a true Stanley Cup candidate this season, and high praise of the Lightning's defense and goaltending situations make up our Quick Strikes for Wednesday, September 17.

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  • The Florida Panthers topped the Lightning prospects in the Bolts final tournament game on Tuesday. The Lightning ended the tourney 1-2. [Litter Box Cats]
  • Rookie tournaments can be exciting for hockey fans, as it means the start of the NHL season is inching closer. Joe Yerdon wonders, though, if we are getting too excited about these tourneys. [SB Nation NHL]
  • Closing out the rookie camp thing, Josh Cooper spoke to Jonathan Drouin and Lightning head coach Jon Cooper during the tournament. [NHL.com]
  • ...while Nathan Mackinnon had praises to sing last week about Drouin, his former teammate with the Halifax Mooseheads. [NHL.com]
  • With prospect camp out of the way, here's a quick look at the 49 players with NHL contracts who could partake in the Lightning's 2014-15 season (well, not Mattias Ohlund, but everyone else listed). [Bolt Prospects]
  • Some people have a very, very high opinion on what Steven Stamkos could accomplish this season... Like, say, transpose Sidney Crosby as the best player in the world? [Two Pad Stack]
  • Silver Seven Sens has been releasing projections for each team in the Atlantic Division. In this edition, they predict that the Tampa Bay Lightning blue line will be the best in the Atlantic this year. [Silver Seven Sens]
  • This follows their post on Tuesday about goaltenders in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning again received high praise, as they were predicted to have the third best goaltending situation in the Atlantic. [Silver Seven Sens]
  • Veteran defenseman and former Bolt Brett Clark has joined the Colorado Avalanche staff as a player development consultant. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Though context is certainly important when discussing advanced hockey statistics, it is important to remember that it is not overemphasized. [Islander Analytics Blog]
  • In the Stanley Cup Final, the Western Conference has shown more potency over the last 12 years than the East. Is a true Stanley Cup candidate due to emerge from the East this year? [Two Pad Stack]