Photo: Forward Vladislav Namestnikov is one of several Tampa Bay Lightning prospects expected to have a big season in 2014-15. (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect pool is flush with skilled and intriguing prospects worth following at every prominent level of hockey. From already-signed players Jonathan Drouin, Andrey Vasilevskiy, to offensively-talented but question riddled CHL prospects Adam Erne and Anthony DeAngelo.
Photo: Forward Jonathan Drouin should be one of the top NHL rookies in 2014-15. Drouin was the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Despite the fact the team graduated a large number of prospects last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s system remains flush with high-end prospects.
Photo: Winger Jonathan Drouin had a standout season in the QMJHL, managing 108 points in only 46 games. Drouin was selected third overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Despite a first round playoff exit to the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has to be feeling pretty good about the position the organization is in right now. The Lightning finished a surprising second place in the Atlantic Division, with key contributions from young players like Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, and Ondrej Palat, among others.
Photo: Forward Cedric Paquette was one of several young Tampa Bay Lightning players who made their NHL Playoff debut in 2014. Paquette was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
As has been the case for the past few seasons now, the Tampa Bay Lightning had some breakthrough performances from prospects this year. Many of those strong performances carried over into the postseason, with several prospects positioning themselves well for the future.
Photo: Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis had a strong rookie season in the AHL, winning 18 of 35 starts while posting a 2.68 goals against average. Gudlevkis also represented Latvia at the 2014 Winter Olympics. (courtesy of Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have steadily built a strong group of prospects since the arrival of general manager Steve Yzerman in 2010. This season, their patience paid dividends as they made a surprising playoff appearance. Several prospects – Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Mark Barberio – made key contributions and earned regular NHL roles.