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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.
Published May 15
Updated May 24

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 | Times Tampa 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.

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.

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

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy signs the jersey of Piper Mattacchione, 7, during the Lightning Fan Fest which featured photo ops and autograph sessions on Sunday. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    The team hosted a kids press conference and fans interacted with players at the annual Fan Fest.
  2. Lightning owner Jeff Vinik briefly, on left, said he briefly feels the sting of last year's playoff disappointment. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    Vinik sees growth of the team brand across the country and still wants an outdoor game in Tampa Bay.
  3. As training camp continues, the Lightning and Brayden Point still have a gap in negotiations. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The changing restricted free agent market could force the Tampa Bay to depart from its usual contract dealings.
  4. In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, Maple Leafs center Mitch Marner celebrates his goal against the Islanders. With training camps opening this week, Marner was among roughly a dozen prominent restricted free agents who didn't have contracts until he agreed to terms with Toronto on Friday. Still among the unsigned is the Lightning's Brayden Point. FRANK GUNN  |  AP
    The contract could impact the Lightning’s negotiations with holdout restricted free agent Brayden Point.
  5. Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper gives direction during drills on the first day on the ice at the beginning of training camp at the Ice Sports Forum on September 13, 2019 in Brandon, FL. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The coach is ready to move on from the early postseason exit with a motivated team in a new season.
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) poses for the picture sand video on the first day of training camp with medical and physical testing along with media day at Amalie Arena on September 12, 2019 in Tampa, FL. The Lightning announced their 62-man roster for camp which features 33 forwards, 21 defensemen and eight goaltenders. Also in camp will be 21 players that represented the Lightning in the 2019 Prospects Showcase which took place this past weekend in Nashville. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    Largely the same group comes together for training camp, with the same goal and a larger chip.
  7. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, left, defenseman Victor Hedman and left wing Ondrej Palat (18) in the weight room during testing on the first day of training camp. Noticeably absent? That would be teammate Brayden Point. DIRK SHADD  |  Times
    The team started training camp without the restricted free agent on Thursday.
  8. In the team's newest commercial, the Lightning's Steven Stamkos, long a fan favorite, makes a plea to fans to stand by the team after its disappointing finish last season. Tampa Bay Times
    The ad subtly acknowledges the playoff collapse with a fuzzy clip of the playoff match
  9. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), center, along with defenseman Jan Rutta (44) and center Yanni Gourde (37) hope to avoid another post-season collapse, which included this 5-1 loss in April to the Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. DIRK SHADD   |  Tampa Bay Times
    Fennelly: The Bolts’ season will be one long car ride until they reach the playoffs. What, if anything, did they learn from last season’s collapse?
  10. The Lightning will start training camp without Brayden Point, who remains without a contract. SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times
    As Tampa Bay starts its preseason on Thursday, here’s a look at how the roster shapes up.
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