NHL Draft 2013: Final Look at Tampa Bay Lightning's Best Options in 1st Round

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NHL Draft 2013: Final Look at Tampa Bay Lightning's Best Options in 1st Round
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The future of the Lightning franchise rests squarely on the shoulders of Steven Stamkos, but the 2013 draft could take some of the load off.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft—that’s all that anyone knows at this point. They will be choosing from some very talented players. With the seasons and the combine finished for the prospects, the Lightning look toward their best option in the first round. 

Speculation continues to swirl around the No. 1 pick in the draft, which has caused uncertainty for the Lightning. While it could be a bit of gamesmanship, the Colorado Avalanche have all but ruled out drafting the top defenseman in this year’s class, Seth Jones.  

However, the Avalanche are still open to trading their top pick, which could lead to another team swooping in and taking Jones before he gets to the No. 3 spot. Basically, any one of the top five prospects could be available to the Lightning. 

With that in mind and the draft a week away, here is a final look at the best first-round options for the Lightning.

 

All scouting reports courtesy of EliteProspects.com

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