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Quick Strikes: The Lightning are saying the right things after their loss to the Canes

We’ll see if those words mean anything tonight.

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NHL: OCT 06 Lightning at Hurricanes

The Bolts

On Monday, we wrote about just how bad the loss to the Carolina on Sunday was. It seems the team is frustrated by their performance as well. Both players and coaches have some harsh words in this piece from Joe Smith at The Athletic. We’ll find out tonight if those words turn into action against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“Unless we change things,” Stamkos said. “It’s going to be a really, really, really long year.”

These weren’t just “heat-of-the-moment”-type reactions after an embarrassing loss. Stamkos said he was asked a question and was just being honest.

Sometimes, the truth hurts.

If you’re looking for more audio content, check out the latest podcast from Mike Gallimore covering the Lightning’s first three games of the season including the stinker against the Canes.

The Prospects

Luke Schenn isn’t technically a prospect but he is playing for the Crunch. He was hoping to be in the NHL when he signed with the Lightning this summer but with the late signing of Kevin Shattenkirk, he finds himself back in the AHL. But if he adjusts to this unexpected turn of events, he can be a valuable player in Syracuse.

“He’s got a different makeup than anybody else. When you look at him he’s a physical defenseman, which we don’t have one on our team,” said Syracuse coach Ben Groulx. “He’s a guy that understands what it takes. He’s been in every situation. He knows how to deal with pressure situations. He knows what competing, battle, earn your spot means. For me, what he brings on the table is huge.”

The Game

Our own Lauren Kelly got the chance to call an OHL game over the weekend. She used the opportunity to do some scouting and shared her notes on some of the prospects who played in the game.

Jean-Luc Foudy (WIN)

May 13, 2002 (2020 draft eligible)

C — 6’0”, 176 lbs

Good lord, Foudy’s skating and puckhandling abilities are flat-out ridiculous. I’ve never seen a player go for a more relaxed and carefree skate in all areas of the ice while dangling around opponents with the puck on his stick. When he needs to, he can really turn on the jets and leave defenders in the dust. I’m pretty sure I praised Foudy’s play at least five times on the broadcast because half the time I was just in awe of his talent.

Patrick Williams, who does good work covering the AHL, wrote about the affiliates in the Eastern Conference that boast deep prospect pools this season. The Lightning made an appearance in the article.

The Lightning have long had a knack for finding overlooked talent, much of it not selected in the NHL Draft.

Two undrafted forwards have joined the prospect pipeline this season, each a product of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Peter Abbandonato (5-10, 194) led the QMJHL in scoring with 111 points (29 goals, 82 assists) in 68 games for Rouyn-Noranda, the Memorial Cup champion. The Lightning brought the 21-year-old into the organization with a two-year AHL contract.

Jimmy Huntington (6-0, 204) had 92 points (40 goals, 52 assists) in 66 regular-season games for Rimouski. He will turn 21 on Nov. 18.

Petr Cech signed a deal to become a goalie with the Guildford Junior Ice Hockey Club. Yes, that Petr Cech. Yes, hockey. No, I don’t know why. Mid life crisis I guess?

This tweet from the Flyers is pretty funny. Just don’t think too much about it. Or else you might find yourself wondering things about Gritty that are better left unexplored.

The Puppy

Folks, I’m happy to report after an intense investigation, the puppy is still cute.