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12 Apr 2019

NHL 19: Tampa Bay Lightning Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

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Nikita Kucherov, Right Wing, 91 OVR

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Victor Hedman, Defenseman, 91 OVR

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Andrei Vasilevskiy, Goaltender, 88 OVR

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NHL 19 Tampa Bay Lightning Roster

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Alexander Volkov, Right Wing, 73 OVR

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NHL 19 Tampa Bay Lightning Top Prospects

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have appeared poised for the Stanley Cup for a few years now, clocking in a Stanley Cup Finals loss and two Conference Finals losses in the last four seasons, but now it seems almost unfathomable that the Bolts won’t go all the way in 2019. The team is very strong in all areas with many of its stars not even in their prime yet, setting them up for dominance in the years to come – if they play their cards right.

Nikita Kucherov, Right Wing, 91 OVR

Age: 25Role: SniperHeight: 180cmWeight: 81kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 94 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Wrist Shot Accuracy 

When Steven Stamkos missed the bulk of the 2016/17 season, Nikita Kucherov proved that he was an almighty offensive weapon in his own right. Last season, the Russian wing got to the 100-point mark, notching 39 goals while doing so. Just 49 games into this season, Kucherov has 22 goals and 78 points, set to surpass the century mark once again. His skill in NHL 19 reflects his real-world ability, with immense attributes in shooting, puck skills, skating, and senses.

Victor Hedman, Defenseman, 91 OVR

Age: 27Role: Two-WayHeight: 198cmWeight: 101kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 93 Defensive Awareness, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Balance, Strength 

It’s very difficult to argue against Victor Hedman being the best defenseman in the league – unless you’re only going off of NHL 19 ratings. The colossal Swede is exemplary in all phases of the game, with his vision and speed making him look as though he has the power of foresight at times. With 93s for defensive awareness, shot blocking, and stick checking, he can be trusted to guard the defensive end, while his 90 body checking, 93 strength, 90 passing, and 91 slap shot power make Hedman one of the more enjoyable skaters to control in the game.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Goaltender, 88 OVR

Age: 24Role: HybridHeight: 188cmWeight: 94kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 92 Vision. 90 Angles, Breakaway, Five Hole, Glove High, Rebound Control, Recover, Aggressiveness, Agility, Speed 

Only 24-years-old, Andrei Vasilevskiy is having another tremendous season as Tampa Bay’s starter with a .925 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average through 28 starts – missing some time due to injury. With over half of his attributes being in their 90s, it’s just the 83 passing, 80 puck play frequency, 85 poise, and 85 endurance which have pulled his overall rating to a deceptively low 88.

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first lines start. The Bolts begin the game with three of the best players in the game, all rated at a whopping 91 overall. These players are so good that the much lower-rated Miller and Girardi would end the first season in the game with great stats.

NHL 19 Tampa Bay Lightning Roster

J.T. Miller (83) – Steven Stamkos (91) – Nikita Kucherov (91)Victor Hedman (91) – Dan Girardi (80)Andrei Vasilevskiy (88)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Steven Stamkos91Playmaker Center185cm28Right94 Offensive Awareness, Deking, Passing, Puck Control
Ryan McDonagh87Two-Way Defenseman185cm29Left90 Shot Blocking, Endurance. 89 Slap Shot Power
Brayden Point85Playmaker Center178cm22Right92 Acceleration, Agility. 90 Speed, Deking
Mikhail Sergachev84Two-Way Defenseman191cm20Left91 Wrist Shot Power. 90 Slap Shot Power. 89 Stick Checking, Balance, Strength
Ondrej Palat84Left Wing Playmaker183cm27Left90 Speed, Deking, Agility, Acceleration
Anton Stralman84Two-Way Defenseman180cm32Right90 Discipline, Stick Checking. 89 Shot Blocking, Defensive Awareness
J.T. Miller83Two-Way Left Wing185cm25Left88 Speed. 87 Deking, Hand-Eye, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Strength, Body Checking, Aggressiveness
Tyler Johnson83Two-Way Center173cm28Right92 Deking, Agility, Acceleration
Alex Killorn82Two-Way Left Wing185cm29Left87 Balance, Speed, Strength, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power
Yanni Gourde82Two-Way Left Wing175cm26Left87 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Dan Girardi80Defensive Defenseman185cm34Right87 Stick Checking, Shot Blocking. 86 Defensive Awareness
Braydon Coburn80Defensive Defenseman196cm33Left89 Balance. 88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Strength
Jake Dotchin78Defensive Defenseman191cm24Right89 Aggressiveness. 88 Strength, Body Checking
Ryan Callahan78Right Wing Grinder178cm33Right88 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Strength Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Balance
Cedric Paquette77Grinder Center185cm25Left88 Body Checking, Aggressiveness. 87 Strength, Slap Shot Power, Stick Checking
Andy Andreoff77Grinder Center185cm27Left90 Aggressiveness. 88 Body Checking, Strength, Balance
Anthony Cirelli77Two-Way Center183cm21Left85 Acceleration, agility, Speed, Durability
Adam Erne76Left Wing Power Forward183cm23Left87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength
Cory Conacher75Left Wing Playmaker173cm28Left87 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Louis Domingue78Hybrid Goaltender191cm26Right85 Durability. 84 Angles, Stick Low, Agility, Speed.

Alexander Volkov, Right Wing, 73 OVR

Age: 21Role: Two-WayHeight: 185cmWeight: 87kgShoots: LeftPotential: Top 9 med

Alexander Volkov isn’t ready to push into this Tampa Bay Lightning team, and by the time that the two-way wing is ready, there likely still won’t be a place for him in this team. Volkov could be used as a scratch option, just in case of an injury crisis, but not much more than that for a while.

The Bolts boast a plethora of incredible and still quite young players in their NHL roster, but there’s even more to come. Two-way defenseman Callan Foote has elite-level potential to headline the prospect pool while Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk are on track to play opposite each other in the bottom six of this team in the coming years. 

NHL 19 Tampa Bay Lightning Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Gabriel Fortier58Left Wing Sniper175cm18LeftTop 9 low
Radim Salda60Two-Way Defenseman185cm19LeftTop 6 med
Alexei Lipanov63Two-Way Center185cm19LeftTop 9 low
Callan Foote67Two-Way Defenseman191cm19RightElite med
Oleg Sosunov61Defensive Defenseman203cm20LeftAHL Top 2 med
Otto Somppi62Playmaker Center185cm20LeftTop 9 med
Taylor Raddysh69Right Wing Power Forward185cm20RightTop 6 med
Boris Katchouk69Two-Way Left Wing185cm20LeftTop 6 med
Alex Barre-Boulet62Playmaker Center175cm21LeftTop 9 med
Matthew Spencer68Defensive Defenseman188cm21RightTop 6 med
Dennis Yan70Left Wing Sniper185cm21LeftTop 9 med
Mitchell Stephens72Two-Way Center180cm21RightTop 9 med
Erik Cernak71Defensive Defenseman191cm21RightTop 6 med
Mathieu Joseph72Two-Way Center183cm21LeftTop 9 med
Connor Ingram68Hybrid Goaltender185cm21LeftStarter low