Photo: Goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy remains the top prospect for the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)
The 2012-13 season saw many of the Tampa Bay Lightning's top prospects work their way onto the NHL roster. Radko Gudas and Alex Killorn both saw substantial time and made significant contributions with the big club while Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik, Ondrej Palat, and Mark Barberio also made their NHL debuts at various points throughout the lockout shortened season.
Photo: After spending two and a half seasons with Peterborough, defenseman Slater Koekkoek was traded to the Windsor Spitfires at the 2013 OHL trade deadline. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
With the majority of their prospects either playing at the college level, overseas, or already making the jump to pro hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning have seven prospects playing junior hockey.
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.
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: Drafted 40th overall in 2012, defenseman Dylan Blujus brings a combination of size, physicality, and offensive ability to the Tampa blue line. (Ian Altenbaugh/HF)
Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman addressed the short term needs of his team with his first three picks, selecting two defenders and a goaltender. True to form for the third year Lightning GM, there was no shying away from riskier picks and the "KHL factor" was largely ignored.