Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Preview: A Look at the Tampa Bay Lightning

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Tampa Bay Lightning: Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Preview Series

Apr 16, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates prior to game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sizing Up the 2014-15 Eastern Conference’s Potential

The Tampa Bay Lightning are exactly where the Toronto Maple Leafs wish they could be.

Loaded with high-skill draft picksyoung stars at every position on the NHL roster, and poised for another post-season berth. Yep, sounds like the Toronto Maple Leafs’ wish list.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern Conference Preview Series

Apr 1, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) passes the puck against the Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning couldn’t have suffered worse luck . They lost world-class talent Steven Stamkos to a broken tibia. They were forced to deal away long-time leader Martin St. Louis after his trade demand.

Yet, the Lightning won their division and enjoyed the emergence of young stars like Ben Bishop, Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson, Radko Gudas, and Ondrej Palat.

With Stamkos back and fully-healed, is a prolonged post-season run in store for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Here’s a preview of the Tampa Bay Lightning for next season.

Spoiler alert: things look sunny in the Sunshine State.

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