One thing every team needs is a strong group of prospects. According to HockeysFuture.com, the Tampa Bay Lightning have the No. 9-ranked prospect system led by a talented group of forwards. There are a few prospects who could make a splash in 2014 and be a standout rookie next season.
What exactly is a rookie? A rookie (via NHL.com) is a player who “must not have played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.”
With that definition in mind, here are the Lightning prospects who could be rookie standouts in 2014.