Quick Strikes: Drouin’s Mustang gave him his nickname

“The ‘Stanger.”


Anthony Cirelli: An underappreciated prospect

The Bolts

Watch for a piece about the Bolts' Halloween party, out sometime today!

Steven Stamkos likes eagles or maybe cheetahs, and Alex Killorn spills about Drouin’s nickname. [Tampa Bay Lightning, video above]

The Bolts are hosting Try Hockey for Free Day on Saturday, November 12, in a number of rinks across the state. [Patch.com]

Why was Cory Conacher sent up, and then swiftly back down? Before the Panthers game, Valtteri Filppula had a lower body injury. Jon Cooper decided to run with 11 F and 7 D, but Conacher was an option. More about Filppula’s injury from [Bolts by the Bay]

Elliotte Friedman talks about a few Bolts-related items in this week’s 30 Thoughts. One of them was about Nikita Gusev. “Gusev, taken 202nd in the 2012 draft by Tampa Bay, will be 25 in July. I came across some interviews where he’s said he’d like to come over sometime, as Kucherov is one of his close friends. But no idea if he actually will.” [Sportsnet]

Distractions gone, Stamkos focuses on his game. "The Lightning captain leads the team in shots, something he has done every season when healthy. But it is the amount of shots per game that stands out." [Tampa Bay Times]

The League

Welcome, Something-or-other Knights! "Foley told ESPN's Scott Burnside that the name would be the "something Knights" with a color scheme that most likely included steel gray, gold and black." Unveiling on November 22nd. [Fox Sports]

This Patrick Laine kid might be kinda good. "Laine, incredibly, already has two hat tricks in an NHL career that’s only spanned 14 games. He’s now at 11 goals in 2016-17." [NBC]

“Evgeny Kuznetsov does a stickhandling drill during a hockey game, and it's cool.” [RMNB]

Strange that Carey Price made this list of ten goalies off to a surprisingly good start. Isn't he expected to be outstanding? "It’s a small sample size, but here are 10 netminders who fared much better than anticipated in the first month of the 2016-17 NHL regular season." [Puck Daddy]

Players broken by Edmonton: Blues' Nail Yakupov benched for 3rd straight game. "The native of Nizhnekamsk, Russia was sent to the press box as a healthy scratch after he played just 7:28 on Nov. 3 against the Kings. He hasn't suited up for the Blues since." [CBC]

Satchell Price positively squees about Alex DeBrincat. "The Chicago Blackhawks just signed The Next Big Thing, and he might be smaller than you." [Second City Hockey]

Spacey in Space is no more. This year, the Panthers are turning to Vinnie's Barber Shop. [Sportsnet]