Quick Strikes: Prospect tourney, The Oilers are still bad, and The Canes are still...weird
Some live hockey is finally happening this weekend
The Lightning announced their roster for this weekend’s prospect tournament at Germain Arena in Estero.
We’re heading to Estero this weekend with our rookies to face off against the @capitals and @predsnhl and our roster? It’s set! ⚡️— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 5, 2018
Check ‘em out: https://t.co/MC2GqkFl73
Geo broke down the roster focusing on the invitees. If you live in southwest Florida, this is a good chance to get out and see the prospects that we don’t get many opportunities to see. Top prospects Cal Foote, Taylor Raddysh, and Boris Katchouk will all be there as will this year’s highest pick Gabriel Fortier. Admission is free so check it out if you’re in the area.
If you can’t make it live, the games will also be streamed. The team hasn’t posted the details yet but we’ll share them when they do.
Steven Stamkos is feeling great after having a full offseason training regiment. Keep your eyes out for some Stamkos content here at Raw Charge later this morning.
Stamkos on having normal offseason as opposed to last 2 (coming off injury, contract situation, wedding, etc.): “This summer was nice. From a health perspective too, it was nice to get a full summer of training and feel good personally. I’m excited about getting things started.”— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) September 5, 2018
Anton Stralman and his son checked out the Tampa Bay Rowdies facilities and put in some work. I never get tired of that green and yellow color scheme and it’s always great seeing players getting out and interacting with a Tampa sports institution like the Rowdies.
Anton Stralman and his son traded their skates for cleats in this early morning training session with the @TampaBayRowdies pic.twitter.com/iJyubhL8q3— Caley Chelios (@CaleyChelios) September 5, 2018
Have you ever wanted to be a mascot? Of course you have! Do you live in Syracuse, NY? Probably not but maybe! Well, have we got the opportunity of a lifetime for you. You, yes YOU, could be the mascot for the Syracuse Cruch. Walk around, shoot people with t-shirt cannons, make kids cry, the whole shebang.
We’re revamping our @blinkfitness Crunch Crew into a promotional street team.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) September 5, 2018
Auditions for this updated crew and for mascots will be held at @CPSyracuse on Sept. 19 and 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Details & Registration: https://t.co/D4NN7T3Qzj pic.twitter.com/OnhgW2o9De
The AHL released a new streaming platform that will hopefully allow fans to watch games in something resembling modern technology, which was not the case previously. Hardev broke down the surprisingly affordable new package for us.
Dom Luszczyszyn covered the Oilers in his season preview series at The Athletic (paywall). He has them missing the playoffs again this season which would be both hilarious because Oilers and sad because McDavid.
This is a good piece on how handedness impacts zone exits. If you like analytics, you’ll enjoy this one. And if you don’t, the author does a good job of explaining things and the math isn’t too complicated so I recommend giving it a try anyway.
I wrote a thing using @ShutdownLine’s data to explore how playing the off-side impacts your ability to exit the zone. Also, what that means for the Oilers this coming season.https://t.co/DOCRUgrNmp— WheatNOil (@WheatNOil) September 5, 2018
Nothing like getting in some work in the backyard with two of the best forwards in the NHL.
Antti Raanta said he got in some ice time to face shots this summer by some neighbors named Mikko Koivu and Patrik Laine (whoever those guys are). Not bad practice shooters to have in your backyard in the offseason.— Catherine Silverman (@catmsilverman) September 5, 2018
New Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour thinks it’s time for a culture change. And that starts with getting rid of...one of the team’s best players? Sounds about right.
"you've got to do the things we're asking you to do, otherwise you're not safe. So it was the right move. I think the guys understand you've got to come ready to play and do what we're asking. Otherwise you're not a Hurricane. We can't have you."— Andrew Schnittker (@aschnitt53) September 4, 2018
And how will he go about creating that culture change? Well:
The Carolina Hurricanes just announced their training camp schedule and if this isn't the most hockey thing ever, I don't know what is pic.twitter.com/l7CDwhf5iJ— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) September 5, 2018
Yeah, again, sounds about right.