5 New Faces That Will Help the Tampa Bay Lightning

5 New Faces That Will Help the Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Tampa Bay Lightning shocked many people and made the playoffs last season before some bad luck and untimely injuries saw them get swept in the first round. This offseason general manager Steve Yzerman made a plethora of moves that will see the Lightning take the next step(s) forward next season.

5. Brenden Morrow

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5. Brenden Morrow

Brenden Morrow
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The former Dallas Stars captain will bring the Bolts plenty of leadership and grit in their bottom six next year. Don’t discredit his offense either, as the tenacious winger netted 13 goals for the St. Louis Blues last year and will be extra motivated as he is looking for his first ever Stanley Cup.

4. Brian Boyle

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4. Brian Boyle

Brian Boyle
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The giant center bolted Manhattan for the tropics of Tampa and will be bringing all of the experience he gained from the New York Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup Final. Look for his size and amazing abilities in the faceoff dot to sway more than a few games in the Lightning’s favor.

3. Anton Stralman

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3. Anton Stralman

Anton Stralman
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Right-handed shooting defensemen are coveted, as are blue liners who can play big minutes in all situations. Anton Stralman fits both of those categories. Boyle’s former teammate in New York also brings plenty of playoff experience from his time in the bright lights of Broadway.

2. Jason Garrison

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2. Jason Garrison

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Garrison returns to the state of Florida where he once donned a Panthers jersey before taking his talents to the Vancouver Canucks. His big shot and ability to quarterback a power play will make the Bolts’ lethal unit even more dangerous.

1. Jonathan Drouin

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1. Jonathan Drouin

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The 19-year-old Quebec Major Junior League star should have made the team last year, but he went back to junior hockey and was a dominant force. His playmaking abilities will make him a long-term fixture on a line with Steven Stamkos as the two will be a deadly duo for many, many years.

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