The extended NHL lockout can’t touch the growth of some of the young players developing in the prospect system. The Tampa Bay Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate won last season’s Calder Cup and currently sits atop the Eastern Conference standings after 21 games, which can only mean one thing—prospects.
The young prospects may be the only group embracing the NHL lockout. These players are still on the ice playing on a daily basis and improving by doing so. They won’t lose a season and may even gain a competitive edge when they do finally get called up to the big club.
With just over a quarter of the AHL season gone and the European Leagues in full swing, here is an update of the top 10 Lightning prospects from across the globe.