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Quick Strikes: Syracuse Crunch’s Dennis Yan scores first professional goal

The Crunch

We’re leading with the Tampa Bay Lightning AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch today, in honor of Dennis Yan’s first professional goal. Yan, who was drafted at 64th overall in 2015, scored the goal in last night’s 4-2 victory over the Belleville Senators.

Alex and Brandon point out that the results of the first few games of the season are no reason to freak out in this week’s CrunchCast. [Raw Charge]

Want more Crunch radio to listen to? How and when to hear Syracuse Crunch’s weekly radio show this season. “”Crunch Weekly” is broadcast before a live audience from Tully’s Good Times on Erie Boulevard and can be heard on ESPN Radio Syracuse 97.7 FM and 1200 AM, and in Oswego on 101.1 FM and 1440 AM.” [Syracuse.com]

In Alex’s words, #formersyracusecoolkid Jeremy Morin signs with the South Carolina Stingrays. [Hockey Fights]

The Bolts

We wrote a lot at Raw Charge yesterday.

Loserpoints noticed that JT Brown does really well moving the puck through the neutral zone, and got excited about the data he uncovered to back up his ideas. Hear me out: J.T. Brown should get a chance on the third line. “In 13-14, Brown was one of the best players on the Lightning at getting the puck out of the defensive zone and doing so with possession. He was also one of the stronger players at gaining the offensive zone although he did so less often with possession than other players on the team. In 16-17 he not the strongest on the team in zone exits and also saw a big drop on zone entries from his place in 13-14.” [Raw Charge]

In honor of the uniforms worn by the first team:

And JustinG is back with his always cool column, Raw Charge thinks about thoughts. Today, he discusses Friedman’s comment about the power of the Bolts four-forward lineup on the powerplay. [Raw Charge]

Why did Slater Koekkoek do so well in the last game? Mommom Koekkoek. “Once Karen called Slater’s first goal, Brian quickly quipped that she should say it again. Slater ended up scoring twice in a 5-4 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins, a potential breakthrough performance in a make-or-break season for the 2012 first-round draft pick.” [Tampa Bay Times]

Fantasy mailbag: Value of rookies, Shipachyov dilemma. “My top waiver wire pick for the week, as discussed in our Monday piece and my NHL Network segment, is Vladislav Namestnikov of the Tampa Bay Lightning.” [NHL.com]

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