Last season, no team utilized recent NHL drafts like the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts played over a dozen rookies last year without even bringing up top-rated prospect Jonathan Drouin. As the 2014 draft approaches, the experts have weighed in on how the Bolts should utilize their two first-round picks.
Unlike in 2013, Tampa Bay won't be picking in the early part of the draft. The Lightning have the 19th and and 28th selections in the opening round. Tampa Bay has eight selections in this year's draft to help bolster an already deep talent pool.
This year, the Lightning have different needs in the draft. With a surplus of young, talented forwards, the Bolts will look to focus on the back end and get younger on defense. Finding the next Victor Hedman late in the first round will be difficult, but there are some talented blueliners who could be available.
Let's take a look at who the experts expect Tampa Bay to select and break down the potential picks.