The Tampa Bay Lightning decided to do a retool, and have succesfully stock piled high end prospects to support our core. We still have Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Kucherov, Patrick Kane and Milos Roman on the wings, and Victor Hedman and Vlastimil Petruzalek on the backend.
In the last 3 years we have added:
Gregg Christian - 8.5B Pos: G Comparable: Ryan Miller Looks to be our future starter for the next 10 years. We have made sure to build a solid defense in front of him, so he can make the transition from College to the NHL.
Sebatian Hiller - 9.0B Pos: RD Comparable: Alex Pietrangelo Future #1 defenseman once Hedman is gone. Big right hand shot, who can be used in any situation and eat tons of minutes. Will slot in the 2nd pair this season.
Chris O'Flaherty - 8.0B Pos: LD Comparable: Andy Greene A solid steady shut-down defender, will be giving him some time in the AHL to develop his game, but seems like the perfect future partner for Petruzalek.
Petteri Pehu - 8.0C Pos: C Comparable: Valterri Filppula Had 50pts in 60gp in his rookie season, playing 2C with Roman and Kane. He will play with those two again this season, and be groomed to be our 1A/B center.
Tobias Kovacic - 7.5B Pos: LD Comparable: Christian Ehrhoff Played very solid in the limited games he appeared in, and was solid in the AHL. Looks to be a good #5 OFD powerplay specialist, who will be fighting with Chad Krys for the #5 spot.
Jaromir Pabiskaa - 8.5B Pos: C Comparable: Tomas Plekanec Most recent draft pick, expect big things from him. Hoping for a solid 1-2 punch of Pabiskaa and Pehu.
Jack Ericsson - 7.5A Pos: C Comparable: Mikael Backlund 2nd round pick of 2026, is NHL ready - but will spend some time in the minors, before getting the jump. Always nice to have C prospects in the system, we project him to be a 3/4C down the road.
Other notable prospects:
Brennan Caruso (7.5C, RW), Jimmy Fernholm (7.5C, LW), Mikaeil Heiskanen (7.5C, C), Blaise Schneider, Erwan Patenaude (7.5C, RD), Will Aston (6.5A, LW), Braxton Moser (7.5B, C)
Other supporting pieces:
Anthony Mantha: Big complementary powerforward, can jump up and down in the line-up.
William Karlsson: Former 60-70 point two-way center, he will be playing with two first line wingers in Kucherov and Drouin.
P.K. Subban: Veteran defender who will help prevent goals and prevent our young defenders to be thrown into a top pairing role.
Kasperi Kapanen: Great complementary depth scorer who is good for 40+ points on the 3rd line.
Rasmus Asplund: A bit of a project, but he dominated the AHL early in his career, and shuffled around alot in Colorado putting up numerous 30+ point season before hitting a wall in Florida. Looked solid near the end of the season.
Steve Santini: Pure defensive defenseman who can block shots. Perfect complement for Krys or Kovacic.
We are lacking a legitimate 1C, but we hope Pabiskaa or Pehu will be that guy. But it's time for Tampa Bay to get back into the playoff picture, as Kane has 2-3 years left and Hedman has 4-5.