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12-09-2012, 12:14 PM
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Tampa Bay Prospect Pool - Underrated?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have quietly accumulated high end talent.

Their depth at the forward position is absolutely stacked.

1. Tyler Johnson
2. Vladislav Namesnikov
3. Alexander Killorn

1. Cory Conacher
2. Nikita Gusev
3. Ondrej Palat
4. Alex Hutchings

1. Brett Connolly
2. Richard Panik
3. Nikita Kucherov
4. JT Brown

I see a lot of players that can make the NHL from that list.

Now factor in their G prospects Tokarski, Janus and Vasilevski(who IMO is the top goalie prospect in the game).

Defense may be a bit weak, but it's headlined by Mark Barberio, the AHL d-man of the year last season at the age of 21 in his first pro season. Not even Subban did that. Nikita Nesterov is also a regular on the best KHL team in the league and I came away very impressed with him last WJC. And then there is Koekoek, who was drafted last year and seems to be having a decent season in Peterborough.

IMO they really get sold short on here.

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