Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Tampa Bay Lightning

Flip Livingstone


The 20th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer/fall. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


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Gone – Ondrej Palat, Ryan McDonagh, Jan Rutta

Incoming – Vladislav Namestnikov, Ian Cole, Haydn Fleury, Philippe Myers

Impact of Changes – When it comes to a team remaining basically the same over the offseason in terms of the makeup of its roster, none fit that bill potentially any more than the Tampa Bay Lightning. An organization that has been the definition of consistent over the past five or six seasons remained consistently quiet this summer – for the most part.

Aside from the clutch depth scoring provided by Ondrej Palat (now with the New Jersey Devils) and the steadying veteran presence of Ryan McDonagh (departed via trade to the Nashville Predators) and Jan Rutta (signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins) this Lightning group is returning basically the exact same crew. That's good news for fantasy owners, as this squad will once again be very much in the mix for the Eastern Conference crown with eyes on yet another deep Stanley Cup run.

Additions of Namestnikov up front and Cole and Myers on the backend should offset any potential loss from the departure of the aforementioned trio of veterans. With that said, expect more of the same from the likes of such fantasy studs as Steven Stamkos,