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Quick Strikes: Prospect tourney, The Oilers are still bad, and The Canes are still...weird

Some live hockey is finally happening this weekend

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The Bolts

The Lightning announced their roster for this weekend’s prospect tournament at Germain Arena in Estero.

Geo broke down the roster focusing on the invitees. If you live in southwest Florida, this is a good chance to get out and see the prospects that we don’t get many opportunities to see. Top prospects Cal Foote, Taylor Raddysh, and Boris Katchouk will all be there as will this year’s highest pick Gabriel Fortier. Admission is free so check it out if you’re in the area.

If you can’t make it live, the games will also be streamed. The team hasn’t posted the details yet but we’ll share them when they do.

Steven Stamkos is feeling great after having a full offseason training regiment. Keep your eyes out for some Stamkos content here at Raw Charge later this morning.

Anton Stralman and his son checked out the Tampa Bay Rowdies facilities and put in some work. I never get tired of that green and yellow color scheme and it’s always great seeing players getting out and interacting with a Tampa sports institution like the Rowdies.

The Prospects

Have you ever wanted to be a mascot? Of course you have! Do you live in Syracuse, NY? Probably not but maybe! Well, have we got the opportunity of a lifetime for you. You, yes YOU, could be the mascot for the Syracuse Cruch. Walk around, shoot people with t-shirt cannons, make kids cry, the whole shebang.

The AHL released a new streaming platform that will hopefully allow fans to watch games in something resembling modern technology, which was not the case previously. Hardev broke down the surprisingly affordable new package for us.

The Game

Dom Luszczyszyn covered the Oilers in his season preview series at The Athletic (paywall). He has them missing the playoffs again this season which would be both hilarious because Oilers and sad because McDavid.

This is a good piece on how handedness impacts zone exits. If you like analytics, you’ll enjoy this one. And if you don’t, the author does a good job of explaining things and the math isn’t too complicated so I recommend giving it a try anyway.

Nothing like getting in some work in the backyard with two of the best forwards in the NHL.

New Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour thinks it’s time for a culture change. And that starts with getting rid of...one of the team’s best players? Sounds about right.

And how will he go about creating that culture change? Well:

Yeah, again, sounds about right.