There is little doubt Tampa Bay has succeeded Washington as the NHL’s most unreliable playoff team, but it’s not for a lack of drafting and developing players. The Lightning are the team that every other franchise wants to be when it grows up, at least when it comes to finding and cultivating talent. No team has been better at integrating young talent into its NHL lineup, all the while keeping its powder dry when it comes to the future. The Lightning’s AHL affiliate was one of the top teams this season.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Lightning have plenty of flash and panache. What they need is a player, or a couple of players, who can get down and dirty and play the grinding game the NHL post-season demands. This is a team that needs a battle-tested veteran who has won and can make teammates acc...
About the Author
Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.