Top 25 under 25

Top 25 Under 25: JT Brown

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The right wing cracked the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup after a stellar start to his second AHL campaign with the Syracuse Crunch, and remained in the NHL for the rest of the year, where his tenacity...

Top 25 Under 25: Andrej Sustr

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The big Czech defender was re-signed earlier this year and enters 2014-15 with a new logjam of right-side blue liners ahead of him on the depth chart.

Top 25 Under 25: Brett Connolly

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While he hasn't rocketed up the organizational depth chart as fast as some would like, Brett Connolly has quietly put together a solid AHL resume, and looks to earn permanent top-9 minutes with the...

Top 25 Under 25: Richard Panik

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What was supposed to be a breakout year for the entire "Top Gun Line" saw two-thirds nominated for the Calder Trophy and Richard Panik sent back to Syracuse at one point. So what went wrong?

Top 25 Under 25: Vlad Namestnikov

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The talented Russian center takes a little tumble down our rankings from a season ago in spite of a very good sophomore season in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch.

Top 25 Under 25: Slater Koekkoek

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Another stellar season in the OHL; another shoulder injury to hold him back. Such is life for Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Slater Koekkoek, who comes in at #15 on our countdown.

Top 25 Under 25: Mark Barberio

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The 24-year old defensemen still has yet to seize a full-time role as a top-6 guy for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He'll have one more year to do so after signing an extension this summer.

Top 25 Under 25: Kristers Gudlevskis

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The Latvian goaltender (and previously unknown 5th round draft pick) burst onto the scene in 2013-14, playing games in the ECHL, AHL, NHL, and Sochi Winter Olympics during his first year in North...

Top 25 Under 25: Cedric Paquette

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A swift adjustment to the professional game and a strong rookie campaign with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL saw Paquette ascend to the big club and play in six total games with the Tampa Bay...

Top 25 Under 25: Anthony DeAngelo

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The 1st round pick from this year's NHL Entry Draft cracks the top 20 in our countdown at number 19.

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Top 25 Under 25: Adam Erne

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The power forward and 2nd round draft pick from 2013 moves up a few spots after another strong season in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts.

Top 25 Under 25: Adam Wilcox

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The 21-year old goaltender will be heading into his junior season with the University of Minnesota after another stellar campaign in the NCAA in his sophomore year. However, goaltending depth looms...

Top 25 Under 25: Luke Witkowski

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The Syracuse Crunch defenseman was a Near Miss a year ago. He makes the countdown this year at #22 after a rock-solid rookie year in the AHL as a first-year pro.

Top 25 Under 25: Tanner Richard

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The 3rd round pick from 2012 just finished his first professional season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL, and it was a bumpy one.

Top 25 Under 25: Matt Peca

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The high-scoring NCAA forward, who just finished his junior season at Quinnipiac, holds serve from last year's Top 25 Under 25, where he also ranked 24th.

Top 25 Under 25: Dominik Masin

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The rugged Czech defenseman and 2nd round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft starts off our countdown, coming in at #25.

Top 25 Under 25: Near Misses

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30 players received votes on our panel's 5 lists of the Top 25 Under 25: so who got a vote but didn't make the final cut?

Top 25 Under 25: 2014 Edition

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The 2014 edition of our Top 25 Under 25 gets underway. Who are the current top 25 players under age 25 in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization? Who raised their stock in the last 12 months, and who...

Top 25 Under 25: Conclusion

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Our long overdue series finally comes to an end with writeups of #3, #2, and #1, plus a conclusion to this year's edition of the series.

Top 25 Under 25: Radko Gudas

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The former 3rd round pick from 2010 cracked the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup last year and has quickly become a fan favorite for his physical play and signature beard. He comes in at #4 on our Top 25...

Top 25 Under 25: Richard Panik

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The young Slovakian forward comes in at #5 in our countdown in spite of a poor start to his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Top 25 Under 25: Tyler Johnson

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Tyler Johnson -- one-time AHL MVP and a leading candidate for the NHL's rookie of the year this season -- comes in at #6 on our ongoing Top 25 Under 25 countdown.

Top 25 Under 25: Brett Connolly

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Once considered a top prospect for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Brett Connolly has regressed a bit in terms of point production and expected development, but he still makes our list at #7.

Top 25 Under 25: Jonathan Drouin

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The 3rd overall pick from the 2013 NHL Entry draft was surprisingly sent back down to the QMJHL at the start of the season, but he still makes our top 10 at number 8.

Top 25 Under 25: Ondrej Palat

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Ondrej Palat, left wing of the so-called Top Gun line, jumps from 7th round pick to 9th overall in our Top 25 Under 25 rankings.

Top 25 Under 25: Vladislav Namestnikov

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Now the top-line center for the AHL Syracuse Crunch, we check in with GM Steve Yzerman's very first Lightning draft pick, Russian centerman Vlad Namestnikov.

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