Simon Ryfors had two goals and an assist in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over Nashville in the opening game of the NHL Prospect Showcase Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena.
The 24-year-old played five years professionally in Sweden but will have to adjust his game to make the transition to the NHL
The defenseman also was also to share his 2020 Conn Smythe Trophy with family, friends and locals.
The organization’s top draft pick a year ago spent most of last season injured, but it’s clear he has the makings of an NHL center.
The fifth-round pick is absorbing everything he can from coaches and teammates before games against other teams begin Saturday.


  1. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman poses with the Stanley Cup, his French bulldog, Harry, and the Conn Smythe Trophy during his Cup day in Sweden.
  2. Simon Ryfors had two goals and an assist in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over Nashville in the opening game of the NHL Prospect Showcase Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena.
  3. Forward Jack Finley, the Lightning's top draft pick a year ago, stands apart from the team's other prospects in more ways than one.
  4. Cameron MacDonald third fro left, awaits a pass during prospect camp at Amalie Arena.
  5. Lightning players skate Friday at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon.
  6. Julie Chu works as a guest coach from behind the bench Tuesday during the Lightning's annual prospects camp at Amalie Arena.
  7. Lightning left wing Pat Maroon skates with the Stanley Cup following Tampa Bay's Game 5 win over the Montreal Canadiens in July at Amalie Arena.
  8. Defenseman Avery Winslow skates during the first day of the Lightning's annual prospect camp Tuesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  9. Lightning prospects and coaching staff huddle up at Amalie Arena on the first day of on-ice sessions ahead of the Lightning Prospect Showcase, with games starting Saturday.
  10. The front of the Davis Islands home purchased by Steven Stamkos.
  11. Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss the start of the regular season, including the Oct. 12 opener against the Lightning, after undergoing wrist surgery.
  12. FAU softball player Riley Ennis, pictured during a game in February in Boca Raton.  All women’s athletes at Florida Atlantic were invited Wednesday to sign endorsement deals with the NHL’s Florida Panthers, the first such offer made by a U.S. major pro franchise.
  13. Hockey pucks bounce off the wall during the warm up session before the USA vs Finland men's bronze medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. National Hockey League players are set to return to the Olympics in Beijing this winter after reaching an agreement with international officials.
  14. An NHL logo is displayed as Washington Capitals players skate prior to a playoff game against the New York Islanders in 2020 in Toronto. The NHL plans to punish unvaccinated players more harshly if they test positive for the coronavirus as part of protocols for the upcoming season.
  15. Lightning forward Blake Coleman (20) slides on the ice along with the Canadiens' Phillip Danault (24) after chipping a shot over the stick of Montreal Montreal goaltender Carey Price (31) during the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final on June 30 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  16. The Lightning won the Stanley Cup in Dave Randorf's first season as the team's television play-by-play announcer.
  17. Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin celebrates her overtime goal against the United States during the IIHF hockey women's world championships title game Tuesday in Calgary, Alberta.
  18. Alex Carpenter (25) of the United States, celebrates her goal against Finland with teammates during the second period of an IIHF women's hockey championships semifinal Monday in Calgary, Alberta.
  19. Caley Chelios provides analysis of the Oct. 29 game against the Rangers on the Lightning's radio broadcast.
  20. Liz Koharski, the Lightning's director of hockey administration, poses with the Conn Smythe Trophy, Stanley Cup and Prince of Wales Trophy at Amalie Arena in October 2020.
  21. Defenseman Roman Schmidt, the Lightning's top pick (in the third round) of the 2021 draft, will be among the prospects participating in the NHL Prospects Showcase in September in Wesley Chapel.
  22. Jersey advertisements are coming to the NHL. The league will allow teams to put sponsor patches on jerseys beginning with the 2022-23 season after the board of governors unanimously approved the move, according to a person with knowledge of a memo sent this week.
  23. An exterior view of Steven Stamkos' house on Davis Islands on Aug. 17, 2021.