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: Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Jiri Sekac signed with the Canadiens in the off-season after scoring 11 goals and 17 assists for HC Lev Praha in 2013-14 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
Another busy slate in the 2014 NHL preseason on Tuesday night, albeit with a pair of split squad games included in that count. But one of those split squad games, between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, may have provided fans of one team with a little hope for the future. 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: Anthony DeAngelo was one of four defensemen the Tampa Bay Lightning selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Lightning picked DeAngelo 19th overall. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman proved, once again, that the franchise is not afraid of taking risks in the early rounds of the NHL Draft.
Photo: The Buffalo Sabres added to their already deep draft pool with nine selections at the 2014 NHL Draft, including first round pick Sam Reinhart (L) and second round selection Brandon Lemieux (R) (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The NHL's Western Conference currently has the bragging rights to league supremacy as a a result of the Los Angeles Kings five-game Stanley Cup final win over the New York Rangers. While the results from the 2014 NHL Draft may not alter the current lock the West has on the NHL's most prized trophy, at least one team in the Eastern Conference might be offering a ray of hope for the future.