Tampa Bay Lightning Team Update Nov. 27th

By Kyle O'Neill
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Nov 28th, 2012
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This week’s League it to Us Power Ranking: 14th in the NHL, 7th in the Eastern Conference, 3rd in the Southeast Division.

3 Points of the Week

1. Lightning Fan Base

Tampa Bay ranked a very respectable 13th in NHL attendance last year. After the last NHL lockout the Lightning saw a spike in attendance, followed by a steady decline for the next four years, until picking up again with a successful playoff run in 2010-2011. If hockey returns, the fan base will demand a quality team, as there were notable off-season moves to seemingly assure the franchise of taking a step in the right direction.

2. Veteran Lightning D

Last season, Tampa Bay allowed a league-worst 281 goals. They now have 4 key defensemen who are at least 32 years old. Brewer, Bergeron, Salo, and Ohlund will all be expected to help keep the red light off at Tampa’s end of the ice this year, assuming the lockout ends.

3. Lightning Looking for Young Breakout Offensive Player

Tampa Bay has several established forwards–St. Louis, Lecavalier, and Stamkos. Beyond the big three and perhaps Teddy Purcell, consistency is a question mark. The group of forwards has a handful of potential young contributors such as Brown, Connolly, Pouliot, Pyatt, Crombeen, Thompson, Tyrell, Wyman. However, these players are not game-changers by any means, yet.

Overseas Player Stats

Adam Hall – Ravensberg Tower Stars – DEL: 7G, 2A, 9PTS in 11GP, 31PIM, even

Victor Hedman – Astana Barys – KHL: 0G, 16A, 16PTS in 18GP, 52PIM, +12

Top 5 Prospects

1. Andrei Vasilevski – KHL – Ufa Salvat Yulayev – G

Yet To Play

2. Vladislav Namestnikov – AHL – Syracuse Crunch – C

0g-2a-2pts in 5gp, 4pim, -2

3. Richard Panik – AHL – Syracuse Crunch – RW

8g-9a-17pts in 17gp, 26pim, +7

4. J.T. Brown – AHL – Syracuse Crunch – RW

4g-6a-10pts in 13gp, 2 pim, +2

5. Mark Barberio – AHL – Syracuse Crunch – D

3g-9a-12pts in 17gp, 10pim, +2

Who To Watch

Tyler Johnson -22 years old – C – AHL – Syracuse Crunch – 17gp, 13g, 8a, 21pts, 14pim, +11

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