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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, January 6

The Triplet line continues to excel, Andrei Vasilevskiy doesn’t seem human, Jack Eichel makes a strong case to go first overall, and much more.

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  • Talk of a sophomore slump is in the past for Tyler Johnson. As the leading point-scorer for the Tampa Bay Lightning so far this season, the 24-year-old just seems to be getting better with each game. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Ondrej Palat, another part of the TKO Trio, is being likened to Boston's Patrice Bergeron and some say he should be considered a Selke candidate. []
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy helped the Syracuse Crunch to a 1-0 win after 10 rounds of a shootout on Friday. His goalie coach in Syracuse, David Alexander, said the young goaltender is nearly unbeatable in one-on-one situations. []
  • AHL veteran Jerome Samson was signed with high expectations in the summer of 2014. He never lived up to the expectations that even he set for himself, and now he is on his way to play in Switzerland after the Tampa Bay Lightning organization (and the Syracuse Crunch)  agreed to terminate his contract. []
  • Connor McDavid is considered a favorite to be the first overall draft pick in 2015. But Jack Eichel, who is giving goalies across the country nightmares, could give him a run for his money. [Sports Illustrated]