BY: John Mamola

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue to roll on with the Tampa Bay Lightning swept in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens, the focus for Tampa Bay is heading in the direction of the off season and NHL Draft in June.  With Ben Bishop recovering from wrist surgery and Ryan Callahan an unrestricted free agent, many questions surround exactly how the Bolts roster will shape out for another post season run next year.

One analyst told WDAE’s ‘The Ron and Ian Show’ that the Lightning will be contenders for certain next season if the roster stays the way it is currently.

“They’ll be a contender no doubt,” said Yahoo Sports Greg Wyshynski.  “If nothing else the one thing I think that you can come away from the season knowing for the Lightning and being excited about is the young players.  The way that (Tyler) Johnson played was super impressive, (Ondrej) Palat played amazing.  They’ve got a lot of young players now coming up through the system into that lineup that Jon Cooper knows and trusts that are going to be able to supplement Stamkos and the rest of the veterans on the team.”

Wyshynski, the editor of Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy blog, says this is an exciting time for the Lightning because of the youth movement going on with the “best goal scorer in the world” in Steven Stamkos.









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