The Tampa Bay Lightning know that drafting well is crucial to maintaining consistency and building a future. Over the last few months, the Bolts’ organizational depth has been tested to the fullest, but they have managed to stay in the playoff picture. With so many young players being used this year, the Bolts need to reload on their prospect pool and should look to these five players in the 2014 NHL draft.
This year’s upcoming draft class can be described in one word—parity. There isn’t anyone who has run away with the No. 1 selection, and no region—international or North American—has staked a claim to a dominating list of prospects.
NHL.com graded 32 players as an "A," meaning they project as first-round candidates. That’s good news for teams looking to rebuild and reload their prospect pools with quality depth guys.
Assuming the Lightning maintain a similar position in the standings throughout the year, they could be picking in the middle of the first round. Given organizational needs, projections and talent, here are five prospects the Lightning should keep an eye on for the 2014 draft class.