The Tampa Bay Lightning has seen the loss of their captain Vincent Lecavalier. It wasn’t really a loss, because the team bought him out. The team picked up Jonathan Drouin on the forward line, and he isn’t the only who needs to practice hard this offseason. Here come my picks for rising stars in Tampa Bay, and they may be a shock to you.
Valtteri Filppula left the Detroit Red Wings this offseason and he joined the likes of Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos in Tampa. He has a great chance to prove himself in Tampa. He notched 17 points (9G, 8A) last season in Detroit, scoring some amazing goals, especially in the playoffs. He only played 41 games last season, but in a full season he is great to watch. Fast and furious, Filppula will be putting up some massive points this year.
Eric Brewer scored just 12 points last year. The 5th overall pick in 1999 by the New York Islanders, Brewer has produced just 243 points in his 888 NHL games. These stats are very low, but the veteran can step up his game this year. Even though people say “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” he doesn’t need new tricks. If he just trains a little harder with some simple defensive play, he can step up and be a stronger defensive influence for this team.
Sami Salo played many years for the Vancouver Canucks before making a huge move to Tampa Bay last season. He spent 9 years in Vancouver, with his last season there scoring 25 points. In Tampa last year, he produced just 17 points in 46 games. Salo is a good defensive player, and he will show us this season. He will be very strong, and I expect a good amount of points out of him.
These are my picks for rising stars in Tampa Bay. Can the team make the playoffs after losing their captain this year? Maybe they can. Tell me what you think. Put it in the comment box below, or on Twitter.