Lightning prospect Gabriel Fortier (82) celebrates with teammates after scoring during a preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes in October in Tampa.
The franchise does not have another opening-round selection until 2025, but it hasn’t been an issue thanks to its success with lower-round selections.
Mark your calendars for the matchup against the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche Feb. 9 at Amalie Arena.
He played parts of 17 seasons in the NHL, including 22 games with Tampa Bay in 1997-98.
Sergachev is coming off his best season and continues to grow. Now, he will slot in right behind Victor Hedman on the left side.


  1. Lightning prospect Gabriel Fortier (82) celebrates with teammates after scoring during a preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes in October in Tampa.
  2. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), front, and center Steven Stamkos (91) lead players on to the ice for warmups before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final against the Avalanche in Denver. Tampa Bay will play Colorado Feb. 9 at Amalie Arena.
  3. Then-Lightning defenseman Bryan Marchment (23) takes the Carolina Hurricanes' Kent Manderville to the ice as he reaches for the puck during a 1998 game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro , N.C. Marchment, who played parts of 17 seasons in the NHL, died Wednesday at age 53.
  4. Mike Grier, middle, poses for photos as he is introduced as the new general manager of the San Jose Sharks between assistant general manager Joe Will, left, and president Jonathan Becher at a news conference Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.
  5. With Ryan McDonagh gone, Mikhail Sergachev (98) will slot in right behind Victor Hedman among Lightning left-side defensemen.
  6. Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) scores against Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final last month in Tampa. Cirelli can become a restricted free agent after the 2022-23 season.
  7. Ryan McDonagh had been with the Lightning since February 2018, coming to Tampa Bay in a trade with the Rangers.
  8. The Lightning locked up left wing Nick Paul for seven years at a $3.15 million annual average value on Friday.
  9. Nick Paul (20) controls the puck while being pursued by the Rangers' Filip Chytil (72) during the third period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
  10. Forward Nick Paul and the Lightning are closing in on a multiyear agreement, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Thursday night, citing sources.
  11. Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog hoists the Stanley Cup and a flag of Sweden at a rally for the NHL champions Thursday in Denver.
  12. Former Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde, back, was hired Thursday as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.
  13. The Lightning is working with veteran defenseman Ryan McDonagh to see if there’s a team he’d consider a trade to this offseason, SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday.
  14. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save on Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) as Jan Rutta (44) defends during Game 4 of their second-round playoff series in May at Amalie Arena.
  15. Defenseman Darren Raddysh (43) works to keep forward Gage Goncalves from in front of the net during training camp in September at TGH Ice Plex in Brandon. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is pictured at left.
  16. Lightning players, from left, Steven Stamkos, Luke Schenn and Victor Hedman spray champagne while celebrating with the Stanley Cup during the 2020 boat parade in Tampa.
  17. This cannot be the end for Pat Maroon (14) Steven Stamkos (91) and Ondrej Palat (18). They fell two victories shy in the Stanley Cup final against Colorado, but there's enough left in the tank for the Lightning to make another run in 2023.
  18. Want to know how much Lightning forward Nick Paul likes being in Florida? Check out his hat.
  19. Lightning center Brayden Point addresses the media during exit interviews Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  20. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy blocks a shot on goal during the second period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  21. Lightning right wing Corey Perry came out on the wrong end of the Stanley Cup final for the third consecutive season.
  22. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) chases down Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) in the first period of Game 6 on Sunday night.
  23. Tampa Bay Lightning players look as the Colorado Avalanche celebrate their Stanley Cup win after Game 6 on Sunday in Tampa.
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