Lightning's top 10 players
The Hockey News asked writers from each of the league's 30 cities to come up with an all-time list of top-10 players for the teams they cover. After talking to several players, other media members and team administrators, this is the list in the current issue:
1. Vinny Lecavalier, C. One of NHL's most skilled, has been compared to Mario, Mikita.
2. Marty St. Louis, RW. Makes the most of his 5-foot-7 frame with speed skill and strong legs.
3. Brad Richards, C. Sees ice as well as anyone and can make pinpoint passes. Intense focus and desire.
4. Brian Bradley, C. Tampa Bay's first real star and 40-goal scorer.
5. Dave Andreychuk, LW. Recast himself as gritty faceoff specialist.
6. Rob Zamuner, LW. Defensive specialist scored in double figures.
7. Nikolai Khabibulin, G. Brilliant three-month run led to '04 Cup.
8. Roman Hamrlik, D. No. 1 pick in '92 had big shot, got his nose dirty.
9. Dan Boyle, D. Engine of team's power play and transition game.
10. Fredrik Modin, LW. Underrated, great defensively, big shot.
(Pictured: Vinny Lecavalier. Times photo - Dirk Shadd. Click to enlarge.)