Way-Too-Early Roster Projections

As the Lightning trudge through the offseason swamp, we’ll keep a running list of best-guess rosters for Tampa Bay and Syracuse based on players available to them. Use the old “if the season started today” when looking at this. Of note: Unless you’re reading this on opening night, the season doesn’t start today and fans should never judge an offseason until the puck drops on the season.

With that said, here’s where players slot if the season were to start today. Notable RFA’s are included, but UFA’s are not. We will also not make bold predictions such as Ben Thomas unseating Anton Stralman because of his offseason workout magic, or anything like that. If a Brayden Point situation happens, it just happens. Depth charts (NOT line combos) are based on probability and relative status to their peers as of this moment.

Here we go:

Your best-guess Tampa Bay Lightning roster for today based on who’s available:

*=RFA
**=Bubble players requiring waivers

Palat-Stamkos-Kucherov
Kunitz-Johnson-Gourde**
Killorn-Point-Callahan
Namestnikov-Paquette**-JT Brown**
Conacher**

Hedman-Stralman
Coburn-Dotchin
Koekkoek-Girardi
Sergachev
Sustr**

Vasilevskiy
Budaj

Your best-guess Syracuse Crunch roster for today based on who’s available:

Erne-Dumont**-Bournival**
McGinn*/**-Peca-Condra**
Stephens-Cirelli-Joseph
Gallant-Verhaeghe-Lynch

Yan
Volkov
Darcy
Hart
Tammela

Bodie-McBain
Masin-Thomas
Walcott-McNeill
Cernak
Spencer

Leighton
Ingram
Riopel

RFA’s qualified, but will not return: Richard (Switzerland)

Signed, but likely back to juniors: Katchouk, Howden, Hajek, T. Raddysh, Sosunov

Unsigned, back to juniors/NCAA/Europe: Chris Paquette, Somppi, Colton, Lohin, Zuhlsdorf, MacLeod, Oldham, Foote, Lipanov, Perbix, Guttman, Walker

AHL Contracts: Kevin Lynch, Reid McNeill, Nic Riopel

Signed (non-sliders with exception of Sergachev):

1. F Ryan Callahan
2. F   Steven Stamkos
3. F   Alex Killorn
4. F   Erik Condra
5. F   Nikita Kucherov
6. F Tyler Johnson
7. F Ondrej Palat
8. F Chris Kunitz
9. F   J.T. Brown
10. F   Vladislav Namestnikov
11. F   Cedric Paquette
12. F   Brayden Point
13. F Yanni Gourde
14. F Gabriel Dumont
15. F Michael Bournival
16. F Cory Conacher
17. F Carter Verhaeghe
18. F   Adam Erne
19. F   Brian Hart
20. F   Cameron Darcy
21. F   Mathieu Joseph
22. F   Mitchell Stephens
23. F   Anthony Cirelli
24. F   Dennis Yan
25. F   Jonne Tammela
26. F Alex Volkov
27. F Alex Gallant
28. D   Braydon Coburn
29. D Anton Stralman
30. D   Victor Hedman
31. D Slater Koekkoek
32. D Dan Girardi
33. D Jake Dotchin
34. D Andrej Sustr
35. D Jaimie McBain
36. D Mat Bodie
37. D   Daniel Walcott
38. D   Dominik Masin
39. D   Ben Thomas
40. D   Mikhail Sergachev
41. D   Matthew Spencer
42. D   Erik Cernak
43. G   Andrei Vasilevskiy
44. G   Connor Ingram
45. G Peter Budaj
46. G Michael Leighton

Total: 46/50 (typical team cap is at 47 or 48) When unsigned (sans Richard) RFA (McGinn) added, it's at 47, which suggests no more additions without losing someone.