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Plus: PUPPER!

NHL: JUN 27 Tampa Bay Lightning Development Camp Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Lightning

-Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Nolan Foote came in on our Top 25 Under 25 list at #13. Not a bad placement for his first year on the countdown!

Foote is an intelligent player who can find the open areas of the ice easily, pressure defenders into making mistakes, and create turnovers by intercepting or cutting down passes. Although he makes his mark on the powerplay, Foote is a reliable penalty killer and works hard in his own end. His compete level is never in question; Foote is always engaged whenever he is on the ice, whether it’s pressuring down low on the forecheck, or getting back to help defend in his own end.

-The first of several outdoor roller hockey rinks sponsored by Lightning Made Hockey is opened! Looks like fun.

(This is not the Andrei Vasilevskiy you are looking for)

-It’s the time for farm system rankings, and Sporting News came out with theirs yesterday. The Lightning came in at 18th.

A catastrophic first-round loss in the playoffs notwithstanding, the Bolts still possess a strong collection of prospects - even after the graduations of impressive rookies Anthony Cirelli (sixth in Calder Trophy voting) and Mathieu Joseph (26 points in 70 games.) Moving forward, Tampa remains comfortably stable with AHL-proven talent in Syracuse such as 2017 first-rounder Cal Foote, who tied for the team lead among defensemen with 10 goals. Undrafted sniper Alex Barre-Boulet took it a step further by tying for a league-best 34 tallies as a rookie.

The Pupper

-Although Bolt is clearly affected by Mondays just like the rest of us, he sure is cute still!

The Crunch

-The Cleveland Monsters put together a creative twitter thread yesterday:

Those of you familiar with chocolate bars should understand why they went with this choice for the Syracuse Crunch:

-The Crunch’s deal with the New York State Fair is still available for potential new ticket package buyers.

-Yesterday was World Photography Day, and the Crunch posted some great shots from the amazing Scott Thomas:

-The AHL also posted their own collection in honor of the day. I like the 7th photo, myself. Hello, casual All-Star Cory Conacher!

The Solar Bears

-Yesterday, the Orlando Solar Bears announced that they have acquired the rights to defenseman Austin McEneny from the Brampton Beast in exchange for future considerations.

“Austin is a smart, puck-moving defenseman who has the potential to take a major step forward in his development this year,” Solar Bears head coach and general manager Drake Berehowsky said. “We’re excited to have acquired him.”

-The Solar Bears also shared some of their favorite shots for World Photography Day.

The Game

-The 3 Nations Goalie camp is this weekend!

-Mika Zibanejad is using his name and his burgers to shed light on the serious issues Sweden’s national women’s hockey team is facing:

Mika Zibanejad, his older brother, and a few of their friends have a new restaurant in Sweden appropriately named Brödernas (Swedish for “brothers”). The restaurant, which appears to be part of a chain, promises high quality burgers and pizza to its patrons.

On Saturday, Brödernas announced that it will donate 10 kronor — approximately $1 USD — to Swedish women’s hockey for each Zibanejad burger sold throughout the year.

-San Jose Sharks netminder Aaron Dell has new pads.

-The Colorado Avalanche announced yesterday that the team has signed forward Valeri Nichushkin to a one-year contract.

“Valeri is a big, young winger who adds depth to our roster and brings competition to our training camp,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He brings NHL experience to our team and we are excited to have him with our organization.”

-The Minnesota Wild has jumped on the pupper bandwagon!

-Mike Murphy of Blue Shirt Banter took a look back at former New York Rangers netminder Mike Richter, using the lens of Team USA’s history.

Richter holds a unique place in Team USA’s history. He helped the national team program begin its climb back up the mountain after it crashed following the rapture that followed the Miracle on Ice.

- Scott Wheeler took a look at the top 31 prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft for The Athletic (pay-walled).