Thoughts on Oleg Sosunov

As I prepare to head to Estero next Sunday and hopefully get a couple of days to watch camp and exhibitions, I’ve been thinking about where the big guy will eventually top out. He can’t really bust because he’s a low round reach in the draft. What constitutes a home run will likely be in the eye of each beholder. I’ll say if he graduates from prospect status prior to aging out on a contending Lightning team, that’ll be a homerun for me.

Opinion: Lightning at the Halfway Mark

Forty games into a historic 2017-2018 season, let's take a moment to pause, step out of the moment, and take stock of where the club is. Sitting halfway through the campaign expectations for the team, which missed the postseason just a year ago, are sky high for good reason. Not only is the Lightning atop the NHL standings a full 13 points ahead of the pace they need to be in order to make the postseason, but the team leads a bevy of organizational and individual statistical categories.

Let's pump the breaks on prematurely planning a Stanley Cup championship parade, though. There's still half of the regular season and the postseason left to play, and as good as the team is, it's not without blemishes. How General Manager Steve Yzerman addresses those blemishes (or doesn't) and how any potential changes alters team chemistry (or doesn't) will have a lot to say about whether the team lives up to its perceived potential. So, with all of that in mind, let's look at how the team got here, what its weaknesses are, and what might happen next.

Blog: Nesterov Project Had to End


Nikita Nesterov was dealt to Montreal for a sixth round pick and Jonathan Racine yesterday just prior to the Lightning's overtime loss in Sunrise. It marked Lightning GM Steve Yzerman’s first NHL player trade since February 9, 2015, when he sent Evgeni Nabokov to San Jose for future considerations.

Scoring the overtime winner for Florida in the first game of the post-Nesterov “era” was none other than Jonathan Marchessault, and thank you, hockey gods, for giving us a direct comparison of two players who were handled differently for the Lightning in Nesterov and Marchessault.

Cristiano DiGiacinto

What ever happened to Cristiano DiGiacinto? Is he no longer a Bolts propsect?

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