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07-07-2014, 08:39 PM
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TBL looks deadly

Yzerman has done a terrific job of turning the Lightning into a legitimate Eastern Conference threat recently. Here's a look at how Tampa's deadly firepower offense may look.

Forwards
Drouin. Johnson. Stamkos
Palat. Filppula. Callahan
Killorn. Boyle. Kucherov
Brown. Namestnikov. Connoly

Defense
Hedman. Stralman
Carle. Garrison
Barberio. Gudas

Goalies
Bishop
Nabokov

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07-07-2014, 08:42 PM
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Their defense is looking great. They better hope their youngsters avoid slumps though because that forward group could be a total bust this year. If they play as well, or even improve on last year they have to be a favorite out of the East.

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07-07-2014, 08:45 PM
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Yzerman has done a terrific job of turning the Lightning into a legitimate Eastern Conference threat recently. Here's a look at how Tampa's deadly firepower offense may look.

Forwards
Drouin. Johnson. Stamkos
Palat. Filppula. Callahan
Killorn. Boyle. Kucherov
Brown. Namestnikov. Connoly

Defense
Hedman. Stralman
Carle. Garrison
Barberio. Gudas

Goalies
Bishop
Nabokov
Doesn't look deadly at all. There defense is good though.
Unless a new guy can step up next year, this team is really going to miss MSL.

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07-07-2014, 08:46 PM
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I agree but how come brewer isnt in the top 6? And barberio instead? Why not Sustr?

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Is Stammer going to be a full-time RW this season?

I don't like their centres and I think they'll be challenged to play well defensively with some one-dimensional, small forwards (Drouin, Johnson, Kucherov). I'm not sold on Stralman or Garrison defensively either.

But Bishop can be a difference-maker, and a healthy Stamkos is another game-changer so they have a serious shot in the weak-east.

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07-07-2014, 08:57 PM
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I agree but how come brewer isnt in the top 6? And barberio instead? Why not Sustr?
Judging by the way Brewer played in the series against the habs, I wouldn't really like to have him in my lineup. But as for Sustr, I'm not a diehard fan of Tampa so I haven't really seen much of his play to be honest. Thanks for the recommendations.

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Drouin hasnt played a single NHL game and hes already a #1LW?!?

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They look good on paper, but so did Ottawa last season. Everyone thought they were one of the best teams in the league before the season started.

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Is Stammer going to be a full-time RW this season?

I don't like their centres and I think they'll be challenged to play well defensively with some one-dimensional, small forwards (Drouin, Johnson, Kucherov). I'm not sold on Stralman or Garrison defensively either.

But Bishop can be a difference-maker, and a healthy Stamkos is another game-changer so they have a serious shot in the weak-east.
You've obviously never seen Johnson. Or Filppula, Killorn, Palat, etc. all great defensive forwards.

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They look good on paper, but so did Ottawa last season. Everyone thought they were one of the best teams in the league before the season started.
I had Ottawa as a bubble team. 10th overall pick was a surprise (well, at least they didn't get it).

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Looks like a lottery team to me, tbh.

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Habs-Lighting first round again next year I bet. Could go either way next time.

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You've got some great drafting there, Tampa...

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You've got some great drafting there, Tampa...
Outside of Palat, who?

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Outside of Palat, who?
Barberio, Gudas, Kucherov, Killorn, UFAs in Johnson and Brown I believe. That's just players to be on the team.

I don't have faith in that team, but they could still be one of the best teams in the East. The East is really bad this year.

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07-07-2014, 09:15 PM
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Forwards will probably look something like this

Palat Stamkos Johnson
Connolly Filppula Callahan
Killorn Drouin Kucherov
Brown Boyle Panik

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Looks like a lottery team to me, tbh.
huh? They got a top three player in the world, a vezina and two calder finalists, a true #1 d-man, and the best prospect in the world stepping into their lineup. Not mention some shrewd off-season signings/trades. I dont see where the logic is in making that statement

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Barberio, Gudas, Kucherov, Killorn, UFAs in Johnson and Brown I believe. That's just players to be on the team.

I don't have faith in that team, but they could still be one of the best teams in the East. The East is really bad this year.
In my opinion, those guys are all still very unproven. They all played well over their heads last year. If they can do it a second time, I'll admit they've done some excellent drafting. So far, Brett Connolly is looking like a bit of a bust.

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19/1 odds to win the Cup. I like them out of the East as much as any other team (Boston, Pittsburgh, etc,)

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Forwards will probably look something like this

Palat Stamkos Johnson
Connolly Filppula Callahan
Killorn Drouin Kucherov
Brown Boyle Panik
Boyle won't be on the 4th line or he wouldn't have signed in TB. He will be the 3rd C in this group, at least to start the season.

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Their defense is looking great. They better hope their youngsters avoid slumps though because that forward group could be a total bust this year. If they play as well, or even improve on last year they have to be a favorite out of the East.
Weird hearing TB defense looks great. The offense is a perfect mix of vets and youngsters. They will be just fine.

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Doesn't look deadly at all. There defense is good though.
Unless a new guy can step up next year, this team is really going to miss MSL.
No, they won't. Scored more goals after MSL left last year. This statement is a pipe dream of fans of other teams having to play TB. The offense will be even more potent than last year if Drouin lives up to even half his hype, he will, and Stamkos doesn't snap his leg in half again.

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Is Stammer going to be a full-time RW this season?

I don't like their centres and I think they'll be challenged to play well defensively with some one-dimensional, small forwards (Drouin, Johnson, Kucherov). I'm not sold on Stralman or Garrison defensively either.

But Bishop can be a difference-maker, and a healthy Stamkos is another game-changer so they have a serious shot in the weak-east.
No Stammer won't be a full time RW. Their centers consist of some of the deepest in the NHL. Stamkos is a no brainer, Filppula is one of the better two way centers in the NHL, Johnson is a great two center as well. And Boyle provides a vet presence in the bottom 6. Are we really talking about small forwards being a problem still? It's 2014. And Garrison might not be perfect but he's a definite upgrade or Salo, and if you aren't sold on Stralman I don't know what to tell you, he was arguably the best defenseman on a te that just went to the SCF.

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Judging by the way Brewer played in the series against the habs, I wouldn't really like to have him in my lineup. But as for Sustr, I'm not a diehard fan of Tampa so I haven't really seen much of his play to be honest. Thanks for the recommendations.
Brewer will be slotted exactly where he is effective next year thanks to the new acquisitions. And that's in the third pairing playing 15 mins a night. Sustr is a future top 4 guy and is very smooth. He will play all over the defensive pairings this year I believe.

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huh? They got a top three player in the world, a vezina and two calder finalists, a true #1 d-man, and the best prospect in the world stepping into their lineup. Not mention some shrewd off-season signings/trades. I dont see where the logic is in making that statement
Too much unproven talent. Palat and Johnson have one good season. Drouin is a great prospect, no doubt, but there are no guarantees there. Hedman is still iffy.

What I meant to say was, I would not be surprised with them finishing 2nd in the East or 12th. They are a complete wildcard in my books.

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Outside of Palat, who?
Stamkos, Hedman, Drouin, Killorn, Kucherov, Namestnikov, Barberio, Gudas, and Vasilevskiy.

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Is Stammer going to be a full-time RW this season?

I don't like their centres and I think they'll be challenged to play well defensively with some one-dimensional, small forwards (Drouin, Johnson, Kucherov). I'm not sold on Stralman or Garrison defensively either.

But Bishop can be a difference-maker, and a healthy Stamkos is another game-changer so they have a serious shot in the weak-east.
Drouin maybe but calling Johnson and Kucherov one dimensional is very wrong.
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Drouin hasnt played a single NHL game and hes already a #1LW?!?
Maybe not opening night but by Decemberish, perhaps.

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In my opinion, those guys are all still very unproven. They all played well over their heads last year. If they can do it a second time, I'll admit they've done some excellent drafting. So far, Brett Connolly is looking like a bit of a bust.
Well, for a 10th OV pick he is, but part of the reason for him to be in this position is that Tampa drafts well and finds good FAs that developed faster and pushed Connolly down.

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