Lightning season in review player-by-player

The Tampa Bay Times takes a look at each player on the Lightning’s roster to assess the team’s season.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with his team after he stops the final shooter, Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23), as the Bolts win in a shootout with a final score of 4-3.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with his team after he stops the final shooter, Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23), as the Bolts win in a shootout with a final score of 4-3.
Published May 15

Lightning beat writer Diana C. Nearhos and staff writer Mari Faiello will break down Tampa Bay’s season, the historic success followed historic failure, by looking at each player individually one day at a time. Find the whole series below and check back for new additions.

[ Victor Hedman: Playoffs demonstrates his importance to the Lightning ]

[ Tyler Johnson: Still tailor-made for the Lightning ]

[ Yanni Gourde: Speed but the Lightning in the fast lane ]

[ Brayden Point: He topped his breakout season with even better results ]

[ Anton Strålman: Disappointing season puts his future in question ]

DIRK SHADD   |   TimesTampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his first period goal after beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 19 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa.
DIRK SHADD | TimesTampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his first period goal after beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 19 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa.

[ Cedric Paquette: Disruptive play connects for the Lightning ]

[ Mikhail Sergachev: Versatility filled various voids ]

[ Nikita Kucherov: He achieved superstar status but there's still something missing ]

[ Alex Killorn: Is he good enough to stay on the roster? ]

DIRK SHADD   |   Times  Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) beats Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) to score shorthanded making the score 3 to 1 during third period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (12/06/18).
DIRK SHADD | Times Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) beats Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) to score shorthanded making the score 3 to 1 during third period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (12/06/18).

[ Dan Girardi: Is he getting better or older ]

[ Ryan McDonagh was everything the Lightning could want ... until he wasn’t ]

[ Ondrej Palat fuels Lightning’s success — when he’s healthy ]

[ Anthony Cirelli: Consistent play belies his young age ]

[ Erik Cernák emerged seemingly from nowhere on the Lightning’s blue line ]

[ Andrei Vasilevskiy made dazzling saves but also allowed goals ]

[ Lightning forward J.T. Miller has proven to be an added treat ]

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