Tampa Bay Lightning: Who Will Be the Next to Score 100 Points?

Bob FoxContributor IJuly 17, 2012

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 07: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning joins Martin St. Louis #26 after St. Louis scores at 5:19 of the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center on October 7, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Going into the 2012-13 season, the primary goal of the Tampa Bay Lightning is to return to the NHL playoffs and become a true contender for the Stanley Cup. The additions the team has made at goalie and defense should definitely help that endeavor.

There are other goals too, as in individual goals. For instance, Steven Stamkos scored 60 goals last season, which made him the 20th player in NHL history to achieve that mark and the first since Alexander Ovechkin did that in 2007-08.

There is another individual goal that is rare to get. That would be scoring 100 points in a season. In Lightning history, only Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis have done that.

Lecavalier achieved that in 2006-07 when he scored 108 points (52 goals and 56 assists). St. Louis got over the century mark when he scored 102 points also in the 2006-07 season (43 goals and 59 assists).

Both Lecavalier and St. Louis have come close in other years too. Vinny had 92 points in 2007-08, while Marty had 94 points in 2003-04, 94 points in 2009-10 and 99 points in 2010-11.

St. Louis won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2003-04, while Lecavalier won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 2006-07.

Injuries have diminished the play of Lecavalier the past couple years, but when he is healthy, Vinny is one of the best players in the NHL.

Speaking of the best, Stamkos might be the most dangerous shooter in the NHL right now, as he too has won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy...twice. Stamkos won that award in both 2009-10 and 2011-12.

Stamkos has also scored over 90 points in three seasons. The Stammer scored 95 points in 2009-10 (51 goals and 44 assists), 91 points in 2010-11 (45 goals and 46 assists) and 97 points in 2011-12 (60 goals and 37 assists).

Stamkos is the best bet to achieve the 100-point barrier next for the Bolts, although his linemate St. Louis should not be discounted, as he came very close to the mark just two years ago.

Bottom line, there is no doubt that Lecavalier, St. Louis and Stamkos are the three best players to ever play for the Bolts.