Tampa Bay Lightning: Top 8 potential customers worth tingling about
After several years of regular season success followed by Stanley Cup Playoff disappointment, the Tampa Bay Lightning were lastly able to put everything together and win their very first Stanley Cup because 2004. They possess what many presently deem the most dominant lineup in the entire NHL, and will be heavy favorites yet once again for the 2020-21 NHL season.
Of course, having a group that has had as much regular season success as they have for a variety of years implies that the Lightning are getting lower end choices at Drafts and, as an outcome, do not have nearly as deep of a prospect pool as other groups around the league.
They have likewise traded some of their prospects and picks over the years for gamers who would immediately benefit their NHL lineup. Still, while their possibility pipeline is among the weaker ones throughout the league, Lightning fans aren’t fretted as they have a team that ought to continue being one of the finest in the NHL for a number of seasons to come.
As pointed out in every other Leading 8 Prospects posts throughout this series, any player who has actually played in more NHL games than any other league in a season, despite the season, will not be included.
With that being said, here are the Leading 8 Prospects in the Tampa Bay Lightning company.
The first player to appear on this list is forward Maxim Cajkovic, who the Tampa Bay Lightning selected in the Third Round (No. 89 general) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. At the time he was prepared, he had simply finished up his rookie season in the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs in which he had 22 objectives and 46 points in 60 video games. He followed that up with a 18 objective, 42 point performance despite playing in a much lower 36 contests.
Last year, Lightning fans were able to tune in and view Cajkovic at the World Juniors as he represented Team Slovakia. He was a lock to make the team again this year, but was remarkably eliminated from the group’s lineup for disciplinary reasons following filthy hits throughout group skirmishes.
This is certainly very disconcerting and sets off lots of warnings for the recently turned 20-year-old possibility, but there is no denying his talent. If Cajikovic has the ability to develop and move past this, he has a chance to develop into an NHLer in the future.
The only college gamer appearing on this list is forward Samuel Walker. The 21-year-old seems a nice discover by the Bolts, as he was taken in the Seventh Round (No. 200 total) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
The American born forward has actually recently begun his 3rd season with the University of Minnesota, and will look to construct off of his 11 objectives and 30 points in 39 contests last season.
Those overalls might not jump off the page, but they were excellent enough to lead his team in scoring, which is very outstanding for a player who was simply 20-years-old for the entirety of the season. Nearly similarly remarkable was that he had the ability to post 26 points the year prior at the age of 19.
Size is a slight concern for Walker, as he is noted at just five-foot-ten, 179 pounds. Nevertheless, he has had the ability to produce at every level to this point in his career. Basic supervisor Julien BriseBois will need to do his best to get Walker signed to an Entry-Level Contract this year.