Quick Strikes for Sunday, August 17

  • There is a lot of talk about sophomore slumps in the NHL, but Tyler Johnson is not worried. In fact, he's ready for an encore of his spectacular rookie season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. [The Hockey News]
  • With the Tampa Bay Lightning'ranked the number 2 organization in development by Corey Pronman at ESPN, that means the Syracuse Crunch are also ranked highly by extension.. [The Post-Standard]
  • As advanced stats become more prevalent in the hockey world, Five For Howling reviews Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract, calling it the "Rosetta Stone of advanced hockey stats." [Five For Howling]
  • The NHL has already announced that the 2015 Winter Classic will be between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, but the League has not announced the venue just yet. Well, a report has surfaced that the League is in talks with the Washington Nationals of the MLB Nationals Park for the New Year's Day event. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The NHL preseason is only about a month away and NHL goaltender Martin Brodeur still does not have a job after announcing that he would not return to the New Jersey Devils. But, according to Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger, Devils General Manager Lou Lamiorello could have a front office job lined up for the veteran. [Kukla's Korner]