Photo: Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin was not a standout for his country at the 2013 WJC, but he did acquit himself well in his first appearance at the U-20 event (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Team Russia's bronze medal can be deemed as a good result on home soil, though not the result that was hoped for at the 2013 World Junior Championship. They surrendered to Sweden in the semifinals in the shoot-out, but the win over Canada in the bronze medal game surely cheered up the home crowd.
Photo: Richard Panik (14) is one of several talented forwards the Tampa Bay Lightning have in their minor league system. (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)
It seems that, as a general manager, Steve Yzerman can do no wrong. In his first year as the Tampa Bay Lightning's GM, Yzerman made a number of shrewd moves that helped put the team into the playoffs, and while they finished outside of the playoffs this past season, Yzerman has continued to build a winning system.
Photo: With a deep pool of goaltending talent in the AHL, Dustin Tokarski will have a challenge maintaining his starter status. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have a number of prospects playing at different levels and in different leagues this season, and with one of the top prospect pools in the league, there are a number of notable names in this year's Prospect Preview.
Selected 19th overall, Andrey Vasilevskiy is the first goaltender the Lightning have drafted in the first round since 2006. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
While Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steven Yzerman made a number of shrewd moves with the team's NHL roster over his first two seasons as general manager, his best work perhaps has come through building the team's prospect depth.
Photo: Winger Cory Conacher was among the top players in the AHL in 2011-12 and a key part of Norfolk's run to the Calder Cup. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
Though the Tampa Bay Lightning
fell well short of an NHL playoff berth, many of the players affiliated with the organization still enjoyed a successful 2011-12 season. The greatest success was felt at the AHL
level, where the Norfolk Admirals marched through the Calder Cup playoffs to a championship, posting a 15-3 record in the process and dominating the opposition at seemingly every turn.