Jon Cooper and the Lightning are gaining valuable experience from the playoff series.
The NHL playoffs are a unique experience and much of the Lightning are experiencing it for the first time. From the group of rookies to the coaching staff and the front office, many are seeing the NHL playoffs for the first time from their positions.
General manager Steve Yzerman has a ton of playoff experience, but none as a GM. The same goes for coach Jon Cooper and his group of young talented players.
Every game this organization gets to play in the postseason will be extremely influential to this team’s development. A four-game stint in the playoffs may not be what this team wanted this year, but it will have laid a solid foundation for years to come.
Teams like Detroit, Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh have a tradition of playoff appearances. Each one helps to build the next year. Tampa Bay has started its new streak this season.
Fans should appreciate the team’s achievements this season, even if it ends short of the ultimate goal.