The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off yet another underachieving, playoff-less season.
But there is now some positive news for the Bolts, or at least one of their individual players. With the Ted Lindsay Award finalists announced Thursday morning, they’ll have one of their own in the running for the league’s most outstanding player as voted by guys who face them numerous times each season.
Martin St. Louis was one of two guys who led the Lightning this season. Along with Steven Stamkos, he helped spark this team when they needed it most. Think back to March 26 against the Buffalo Sabres. Coming home from a three-game road trip that saw former coach Guy Boucher get canned, and with new coach Jon Cooper watching from the press box after his promotion from AHL Syracuse, St. Louis and Stamkos both showed a little adversity wouldn’t stop them.
St. Louis finished the regular season first in team and league scoring with 60 points. That earned him the Art Ross Trophy. He also had 43 assists to lead the NHL. Seven of his points, including five goals, came during the season’s final week.
Another thing to note is that St. Louis is accomplishing this when most players would be fading. At 37 years old, he’s showing practically no signs of slowing. If the last week of 2013 proves anything, it’s that 2014 could be the year St. Louis helps lead the Lightning to their first postseason appearance in two years.
Unfortunately, St. Louis is up against some incredibly tough competition, as league superstars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are the other finalists. If he’s able to win it, though, he’ll be the Lightning’s first Lindsay winner since he captured the award back in the 2003-04 season.