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Quick Strikes for Monday, September 7

Prospects poised for breakouts, a homeward bound Milan Lucic? Historic gaffes and passing legends. it's all part of this morning's Quick Strikes.

Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli is among those listed for a breakout season in the OHL this season.
Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli is among those listed for a breakout season in the OHL this season.
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uick Strikes for Monday, September 7

  • How will the Lightning fare in the upcoming season? Will Jonathan Drouin get more playing time? Will the power play improve? These are some questions raised in this season preview for the Bolts. [Puck Daddy]
  • Lightning prospects Anthony Cirelli and Mitchell Stephens made this list of top-10 players expected to have a breakout junior season. According to the list, both could potentially have more than 70 points. [OHL Prospects]
  • The hockey world has lost one of its own. John Noah, who won a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Norway with Team USA, played for University of North Dakota and is credited for starting many programs in the region. [WDAY 6]
  • Jack Adams is a legend in hockey. The "coach of the year" award is named after the man who once coached the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup Finals between 1941 and 1945. But in 1942, an epic meltdown by Adams in Game 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs cost them the Cup. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Mike Babcock finds himself behind the bench coaching a new team for the first time in more than 10 years. According to him, that new experience "scares the crap out of you." But in a good way. [Toronto Sun]
  • Talk has ramped up the past few days about a fourth installment in the Mighty Ducks franchise. Everything is still up in the air, but according to this article, it could possibly happen in the next year or two. [Hooked on Hockey Magazine]
  • As the NWHL tries to develop its rulebook, one rule that might not be all that useful is the trapezoid, which limits goaltenders to playing the puck only in that area around the net. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Will Milan Lucic ever come home to play for the Canucks? This writer sure hopes not, and he makes a strong case as to why. [Canucks Army]
  • In Lou We Trust, SB Nation's New Jersey Devils site, will be changing its name in the coming weeks. As the site name undergoes a transformation, its staff is asking the community to submit their favorite posts. [In Lou We Trust]
  • Have you voted for the Lightning as the best local pro sports team in Tampa Bay in 2015 Best of the Bay yet? No?! What are you waiting for? Voting ends Tuesday! [Creative Loafing Tampa Bay]