2010 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning Can Go In a Number of Directions

June 24th, 2010 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
As new Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman glances over the entire organization, there's one truth that he must acknowledge—the Bolts have a lot of Joes, but not many Pros right now in their system.

On the farm, there's plenty of role players like Dana Tyrell, Carter Ashton and Richard Panik on the forward lines, but no superstars. On the back end, Tampa Bay has plenty of stay-at-home defensemen like Ty Wishart and Vladimir Mihalik, but few puck carriers or offensive forces.

Goaltending has much more depth with Dustin Tokarski and Jaroslov Janus, as well as former first round pick Riku Helenius—but there's an obvious need with the big club.

Probably the biggest indictment of the Lightning farm system, with needs of a scoring winger, an offensive (puck carrying) defenseman, and a number one goaltender, is that Tampa Bay does not have anyone that can step up into those roles currently in their system.

This makes Yzerman's first draft a critical one for the Lightning, and it's also a good reason why there's so many different directions the franchise can go in.

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