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Buying or Selling Tampa Bay Lightning Players' Hot Starts in 2013-14

Eric SteitzAnalyst IIIDecember 21, 2016

Buying or Selling Tampa Bay Lightning Players' Hot Starts in 2013-14

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    Some of the Lightning's brightest are off to great starts, but can we buy into the early production?
    Some of the Lightning's brightest are off to great starts, but can we buy into the early production?Mike Carlson/Getty Images

    Five games into the 2013-14 NHL season, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 3-2 and have four players in the top 30 in points. Some players are off to a hot start, but can fans buy into all of them?

    The Lightning haven’t played any middle-of-the-pack teams in the league. With games against Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston in the highest tier of the standings and games against Buffalo and Florida in the lowest, Tampa Bay is just trying to find consistency in the schedule and on the ice.

    The usual suspects lead the pack for the Bolts this season. Secondary scoring hasn’t been an issue early, though, which has helped the Lightning stay above .500. 

    Five games in, find out whose hot starts to be buying or selling in 2013-14.

Steven Stamkos

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    The sharpshooter Stamkos is at it again with a hat trick against the Florida Panthers.
    The sharpshooter Stamkos is at it again with a hat trick against the Florida Panthers.Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Martin St. Louis

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    Alternate captain or captain, St. Louis is a leader in the locker room and on the scoresheet.
    Alternate captain or captain, St. Louis is a leader in the locker room and on the scoresheet.Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images

Alex Killorn

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    Alex Killorn is off to a hot start this season. The second-year man's production has been big.
    Alex Killorn is off to a hot start this season. The second-year man's production has been big.Scott Audette/Getty Images

Valtteri Filppula

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    Filppula's slick hands have created a lot of space early on. He might not maintain his pace, but his teammates could benefit in a big way.
    Filppula's slick hands have created a lot of space early on. He might not maintain his pace, but his teammates could benefit in a big way.Brian Babineau/Getty Images

Teddy Purcell

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    Teddy Purcell has made a killing on the power play early this season. With so many other weapons, he might slip under the radar enough to be a big producer.
    Teddy Purcell has made a killing on the power play early this season. With so many other weapons, he might slip under the radar enough to be a big producer.Brian Babineau/Getty Images

    Teddy Purcell has been waiting for his breakout season. This one just might be the year. He leads the team in power-play points (three) and plus/minus rating (plus-four) and is tied for second in points (six).

    Converting on 33 percent of his shots, Purcell has started strong as a presence at the top of the crease. Also riding a four-game point streak, Purcell has scored three goals on his past four shots.

    Hopefully this is the start he needs to gain some confidence in the offensive zone. Purcell has a nice release and needs to put the puck on net.

    Purcell averages nearly 150 shots per season in each of his past three. If he continues that pace and takes advantage of the open space created by Filppula’s hands, this could be that breakout year for Teddy.

    We’re buying Purcell’s hot start this season. 

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