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Quick Strikes: Hedman unofficially leads the list of top defensemen by NHL Network writer

It’s not official yet, but we don’t mind.

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The Bolts

Mitchell Stephens played just 32 games for the Syracuse Crunch last season. Justin hopes he will stay healthy next season and maybe get a chance to play in the NHL [Raw Charge]

In the AHL, he can hold his own as a top-six forward. His path to the NHL most likely lies somewhere in the bottom six with a role on a penalty kill unit. In all likelihood, Stephens will start the season in Syracuse but if he stays healthy, he’ll be among the first chosen to get a call up if the Lightning need reinforcements. Not only would his talent allow him to work his way into the lineup, the fact that he is still waiver exempt also helps make any transactions a little smoother.

Former hockey player Mike Rupp shared his list of top defensemen for NHL Network. Victor Hedman is ranked number one. Ryan Mcdonagh also made the list. The official NHL Network list will be out today.

NHL Network also put together their All Two-Way Forward teams and Nikita Kucherov somehow ended up on one of them

The NWHL and Lightning Made teamed up for Jr. NWHL Summer Series clinic

The Tampa Bay Lightning held the Bolts Brew Fest, check out some photos from event

The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes signed Chase Priskie from the NCAA Division I, who is considered one of the top defenseman in college hockey.

The Buffalo Sabres held Fan Fest at KeyBank Center

Pretty amazing concept of NHL jerseys for NHL Players Weekend by KP8 Design