Tampa Bay Lightning: 5 Biggest Things to Take Away from the Syracuse Crunch

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Tampa Bay Lightning: 5 Biggest Things to Take Away from the Syracuse Crunch
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Jon Cooper and his Tampa Bay Lightning are building one of the strongest minor-league systems in the league.

For the second consecutive year the Tampa Bay Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate is in the Calder Cup Championship. Despite coaching changes and numerous callups, the Syracuse Crunch could bring home the second consecutive Calder Cup to the Lightning organization. There are some big things that the Lightning can take away from their AHL affiliate’s success. 

Last season, as the Norfolk Admirals, the Lightning’s AHL affiliate won the Calder Cup after a league best 113-point regular season. This year, the Crunch are battling back after falling behind 3-0 to the Detroit Red WingsAHL affiliate—the Grand Rapids Griffins. 

The success of Tampa Bay’s prospects should bring a sense of optimism to the fans, and here is why.

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