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SYRACUSE SPEAKS: Crunch writer Hardev Lad on status of team, life covering AHL hockey (podcast)

In this episode, recorded March 18 and 23, Alex welcomes writer Hardev Lad onto the podcast. Hardev is the current Crunch contributor for Raw Charge, a SB Nation blog that covers the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. Raw Charge has reported on the Crunch since 2012-13, when Alex herself was their main Syracuse contributor, and has featured continuous coverage of the team since that season.

Hardev is very experienced in covering the AHL, and his insights into the team are invaluable for anyone looking for a fuller picture of how Syracuse is doing this season. In this episode, Alex and Hardev cover the following: Hardev’s background in AHL coverage and his high comfort level in covering the Crunch for Raw Charge; Hardev’s overall impression of Syracuse so far this season, including his positives, negatives, and his MVP up to this point; the differences in play being seen with Syracuse now that the roster is starting to look a bit more full; Hardev’s assessment of players like Otto Somppi, Daniel Walcott, Spencer Martin, and Sam Montembeault; which player Harvey and Alex would steal from the Florida Panthers organization if they could.