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

Can you take the Tampa Bay Lightning to glory with this roster?


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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: 25
Role: Sniper
Height: 180cm
Weight: 81kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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: 27
Role: Two-Way
Height: 198cm
Weight: 101kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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: 24
Role: Hybrid
Height: 188cm
Weight: 94kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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 Stamkos

91

Playmaker Center

185cm

28

Right

94 Offensive Awareness, Deking, Passing, Puck Control

Ryan McDonagh

87

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

29

Left

90 Shot Blocking, Endurance. 89 Slap Shot Power

Brayden Point

85

Playmaker Center

178cm

22

Right

92 Acceleration, Agility. 90 Speed, Deking

Mikhail Sergachev

84

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

20

Left

91 Wrist Shot Power. 90 Slap Shot Power. 89 Stick Checking, Balance, Strength

Ondrej Palat

84

Left Wing Playmaker

183cm

27

Left

90 Speed, Deking, Agility, Acceleration

Anton Stralman

84

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

32

Right

90 Discipline, Stick Checking. 89 Shot Blocking, Defensive Awareness

J.T. Miller

83

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

25

Left

88 Speed. 87 Deking, Hand-Eye, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Strength, Body Checking, Aggressiveness

Tyler Johnson

83

Two-Way Center

173cm

28

Right

92 Deking, Agility, Acceleration

Alex Killorn

82

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

29

Left

87 Balance, Speed, Strength, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power

Yanni Gourde

82

Two-Way Left Wing

175cm

26

Left

87 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Dan Girardi

80

Defensive Defenseman

185cm

34

Right

87 Stick Checking, Shot Blocking. 86 Defensive Awareness

Braydon Coburn

80

Defensive Defenseman

196cm

33

Left

89 Balance. 88 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Strength

Jake Dotchin

78

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

24

Right

89 Aggressiveness. 88 Strength, Body Checking

Ryan Callahan

78

Right Wing Grinder

178cm

33

Right

88 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Strength Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Balance

Cedric Paquette

77

Grinder Center

185cm

25

Left

88 Body Checking, Aggressiveness. 87 Strength, Slap Shot Power, Stick Checking

Andy Andreoff

77

Grinder Center

185cm

27

Left

90 Aggressiveness. 88 Body Checking, Strength, Balance

Anthony Cirelli

77

Two-Way Center

183cm

21

Left

85 Acceleration, agility, Speed, Durability

Adam Erne

76

Left Wing Power Forward

183cm

23

Left

87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength

Cory Conacher

75

Left Wing Playmaker

173cm

28

Left

87 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Louis Domingue

78

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

26

Right

85 Durability. 84 Angles, Stick Low, Agility, Speed.

Alexander Volkov, Right Wing, 73 OVR

Age: 21
Role: Two-Way
Height: 185cm
Weight: 87kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: 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 Fortier

58

Left Wing Sniper

175cm

18

Left

Top 9 low

Radim Salda

60

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

19

Left

Top 6 med

Alexei Lipanov

63

Two-Way Center

185cm

19

Left

Top 9 low

Callan Foote

67

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

19

Right

Elite med

Oleg Sosunov

61

Defensive Defenseman

203cm

20

Left

AHL Top 2 med

Otto Somppi

62

Playmaker Center

185cm

20

Left

Top 9 med

Taylor Raddysh

69

Right Wing Power Forward

185cm

20

Right

Top 6 med

Boris Katchouk

69

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

20

Left

Top 6 med

Alex Barre-Boulet

62

Playmaker Center

175cm

21

Left

Top 9 med

Matthew Spencer

68

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

21

Right

Top 6 med

Dennis Yan

70

Left Wing Sniper

185cm

21

Left

Top 9 med

Mitchell Stephens

72

Two-Way Center

180cm

21

Right

Top 9 med

Erik Cernak

71

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

21

Right

Top 6 med

Mathieu Joseph

72

Two-Way Center

183cm

21

Left

Top 9 med

Connor Ingram

68

Hybrid Goaltender

185cm

21

Left

Starter low

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