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ESPN Has an article heralding the Southeast division for it's bright future... stating that the division could very well be a beast in 10 years time with the Lightning leading the way... And in a lot of ways I agree with them as I do think Florida is about to turn the corner and Atlanta is already on the verge... Carolina is an underachiever a little too often and Washington is rebuilding.

The biggest disagreement I had with this article was about Vincent Lecavalier being a future scoring title holder and Hart Trophy candidate... As of right now, I see Vinny as a solid center but if there is anyone on the Lightning that is a future Hart trophy candidate and Scoring title winner -- it's Brad Richards. He has not wavered and has been consistent since coming into the league and being a runner up for the Calder Trophy several years ago. If he showed more grit and was a Penalty Kill mainstay, he'd rank up there with St. Louis as a great all around player.