The Tampa Bay Lightning have one of the best prospect pools in the league and a few of them compare well to current NHL players. The Lightning have managed to put together a solid prospect system thanks to some quality drafting and, if they manage to avoid hurting each other in the minors, could be a solid team for years to come.
Tampa Bay has shown the league just how important NHL-ready talent and depth in the system can be. The Lightning’s laundry list of injuries has forced nine different rookies to get significant minutes in the NHL this year.
The top of the prospect class has some interesting NHL comparables. Based on size, skill and upside, here are the NHL comparables for the top Lightning prospects.