When Hockey Prospectus ranked the Tampa Bay Lightning as the best prospect system in the NHL, there was an increased sense of excitement for the future. The Bolts have some talented prospects—each with some very exciting aspects of their game.
The Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate has been to the Calder Cup Finals in each of the past two seasons—with a championship in 2011-12. With former AHL coach Jon Cooper behind the bench for his first full season in 2013-14, the Lightning should have no shortage of young prospects earning playing time.
With all of the talent in the system, here is the most exciting aspect to the top-rated prospect at each position.