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? ]

[ Dan Girardi: Is he getting better or older ]

[ Ryan McDonagh: Everything the Lightning could want ... until he wasn’t ]

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), left, celebrates his second period goal with teammate Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) against the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), left, celebrates his second period goal with teammate Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) against the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 in Tampa.

[ Ondrej Palat: When he's healthy, fuels Lightning’s success ]

[ Anthony Cirelli: Consistent play belies his young age ]

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

[ Andrei Vasilevskiy: One of the league's best goalies made dazzling saves but also allowed goals ]

Lightning center J.T. Miller (10) scores to tie the game at 3 to 3 during the third period.
Lightning center J.T. Miller (10) scores to tie the game at 3 to 3 during the third period.

[ J.T. Miller: Last year's addition has proven to be an added treat ]

[ Matheiu Joseph: Rookie proves youth will be served ]

[ Ryan Callahan: This season likely marks the end of his tenure ]

[ Louis Domingue: Redemption for the backup goaltender ]

[ Braydon Coburn: Is the defenseman distinct enough to hold a roster spot? ]

[ Adam Erne: Forward earns a role with physicality ]

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