There is a lot of attention paid to Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis on the Tampa Bay Lightning. There are people who forget about the third-best player on the Tampa Bay roster. Teddy Purcell scored 36 points this season and remains under the radar on a team that has Stamkos and St. Louis on it. It will always be that way, but people need to be watching Purcell.
He will be 28 years old when next season begins, and scored on over 11 percent of his shots this past season. He scored on over 15 percent of his shots the previous year. Those are numbers that you can’t ignore.
I know there are a lot of teams who wish they could have that kind of production on their own roster. I think this is probably the best thing for Purcell, though. There is really no pressure on him because of the two stars alongside him and that allows for a more free game.
Tampa Bay was awful this season however and there will be new players likely on the roster when next year begins. They can’t be trading Purcell away, though. He is too good and is still young enough to pick up the production of St. Louis when he retires.
We are going to see a lot more of Purcell in the coming years I have to think. If he can begin to average a point a game, which is possible with the offense of the Lightning, his name won’t be under the radar any more. Purcell could be one of the keys for the Lightning to turn around their fortunes.