Quick Strikes: Andrei Vasilevskiy has a new mask for the 2018-19 season

Eric Blankenship unveils marketing practices by the Tampa Bay Lughtning.

The Bolts

In our final installment of what we want to see out of the Tampa Bay Lightning next year is that we want to see them hoist the damn Stanley Cup afterwards! [Raw Charge]

The fruits of his labor are now ripe for the picking. Sure, Yzerman was gifted with already having two, young corner stone pieces in Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman. But you have to look at the amazing job he has done in drafting, acquiring, and developing prospects like Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, Anthony Cirelli, and Mikhail Sergachev. Through that drafting and developing, you recognize the core of the team.

Andrei Vasilevskiy has a new mask, and it glows blue when it’s cold enough!

On Twitter, Eric Blankenship, the Vice President of Marketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, shared a quick four-tweet thread on the thought process behind the Bolts’ new 2018-19 TV campaigns. I think fans would really appreciate the team’s intentions. Eric also wrote some mini sub-threads and replied to his followers who posted questions, which were also great to read.

The Prospects

Sorry, Crunch fans. Things have been a little barren here. :(

The Game

Players are found in the deeps recesses of Europe’s junior league. England is developming prospects. What about Canadian universities? [Mile High Hockey]

When the Avs rookies hit the ice later this week, we will see forwards R.T Rice (University of PEI), and Matthew Bouchard (University of New Brunswick) as well as defenders Matthew Pufahl (Acadia University) and Alex Breton (Concordia).

Have the Avalanche found a market inefficiency?

Probably not, but it’s never a bad thing to be thinking outside of the box.

You know you’re a playoff team when the rookies are forced to wear their hockey gear on the plane. Maybe.

With the news of Nate Schmidt getting caught for using PEDs (which people are still debating) Yahoo! Sports looked at other cases found in the NHL. An interesting list. [Yahoo! Sports]

On May 15, 2014, the NHL announced that Zenon Konopka was suspended 20 games. Much like with Schmidt, the precise substance wasn’t disclosed.

There were some key differences in Konopka’s case, however.

While Schmidt (and his team) release statements disagreeing with the NHL’s verdict, Konopka instead apologized for his failed test, stating that he took “full responsibility for this error.”