Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning second round pick Nikita Kucherov is one of three Russian players the team selected in the 2011 NHL Draft that has become a valued member of the franchise. (courtesty Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
The Tampa Bay Lightning made some bold picks in the 2011 NHL Draft, selecting a trio of Russians with the first three of its six picks. Russian players have been selected more frequently in recent years, but 2011 wasn’t a banner year for the country as teams were reluctant to select its young players without assurances; only nine Russians were picked in the seven-round draft. Read more»
Photo: Forward Michael Dal Colle was selected fifth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders following a 95-point season in the OHL. Dal Colle is currently playing for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Fall edition of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects continues with the prospects ranked 21-30. This particular section of the rankings is led by 2014 NHL Draft pick Michael Dal Colle, one of several recent draft picks to make their top 50 debut.
Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Nikita Kucherov (86) has celebrated a few goals with his teammates in 2014 NHL preseason action (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
As the 2014 NHL preseason winds down, the number of prospects remaining with the big club has dwindled, as well. So, despite a night in which there were seven NHL games to choose from, only a handful of NHL prospects in those games stood out. And, as has been the case more than once in this preseason, the Tampa Bay Lightning provided those top prospect performances. Read more»
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.