Summer Skate: Lightning

Tampa Bay's transition to a younger lineup could come with growing pains

Updated: August 24, 2013, 3:35 PM ET
By Matthew Coller and Corey Pronman |
Hockey Prospectus

Valtteri Filppula Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe Bolts are hoping to get high value from free-agent signee Valtteri Filppula.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Tampa Bay Lightning. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Note: Due to the lockout, GVT scores for 2012-13 are prorated from 48 to 82 games.

Summer Skate: Tampa Bay Lightning

After another season without a playoff bid, the Lightning made a change by firing head coach Guy Boucher and hiring Jon Cooper. Tampa Bay's issues extend beyond coaching, however, as the Lightning are transitioning from the mentality of a competitor to that of a rebuilding team. Erasing Vinny Lecavalier's cap hit and nabbing several top draft picks will eventually help them get back to being a playoff team, but not this season.

Trending up: F Valtteri Filppula
Last season: 4.3 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 6.0

Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.