In this episode Alex keeps it low-key. It’s the end of August, so hockey is in its usual doldrums before training camp and preseason madness start. Alex welcomes these quiet days after the uncertainty of last summer, and uses this episode to get Crunch fans caught up on all the news relevant to the start of the approaching season.
First she discuses the Tampa Bay Lightning’s upcoming Prospect Showcase, an event that will take place in September and feature prospect teams from the Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators and Florida Panthers. The contest against the Panthers will be particularly of interest as Florida’s development camp will feature Henry Bowlby, Grigori Denisenko, Serron Noel, Cole Schwindt, and John Ludvig, a group of prospects who all suited up alongside Lightning organizational players this past season in Syracuse. On the Tampa side of things, Crunch fans will be playing particularly close attention to the performance of goalie Hugo Alnefelt, as he is projected to be the Crunch’s second goalie behind Maxime Lagace. Other familiar faces on the Lightning’s prospect roster include Gage Goncalves, Gabriel Fortier, Jimmy Huntington, Declan McDonnell, and Alex Green.
Alex then allows herself just a small amount of time to gush about the return of Gabriel Dumont to the organization before turning her attention to the other summer signings, including defenseman Ryan Jones, just signed to an AHL contract this month. Before ending the episode she briefly highlights Syracuse’s 2021-22 regular season AHL schedule and the team’s continued partnership with local stations to keep their games on television.
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