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The potential milestones for Tampa Bay Lightning players in 2015-16

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With the season fast approaching, it's as good a time as any to look ahead at some milestones that Bolts players could hit this coming season.

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Some NHL milestones are major, like hitting 1,000 games played or 500 points, others are more minor like 100 games. But I've never been one to turn down a celebration and cake. With little else going on before prospects camp opens up, let's take a look at who is approaching some milestones that could (and should) be crossed during play in the 2015-16 season.

What you'll find below are the potential milestones, the players who approach that milestone and their current status in the category in parenthesis.

Regular Season Stats

500 Games Played

  • Brian Boyle (473)
  • Steven Stamkos (492)
  • Anton Stralman (476)

250 Games Played

  • Tyler Johnson (173)
  • Alex Killorn (191 )
  • Ondrej Palat (170)

500 Career Points

  • Steven Stamkos (498)

400 Career Points

  • Valtteri Filppula (357)

300 Career Points

  • Matthew Carle (273)

200 Career Points

  • Victor Hedman (182)
  • Tyler Johnson (128)
  • Ondrej Palat (126)
  • Anton Stralman (151)

100 Career Points

  • Erik Condra (87)
  • Alex Killorn (98)
  • Nikita Kucherov (83)

300 Career Goals

  • Steven Stamkos (276)

100 Career Assists

  • Jason Garrison (96)
  • Tyler Johnson (72)
  • Ondrej Palat (85)

Going through the list, a few players will need to have a really good, maybe even career-high, years to reach these milestones. The trio of Palat, Johnson and Kucherov seem like locks to hit their point, assist, and goal milestones based on their past performances. Stamkos should easily hit 300 goals and 500 points. Hedman shouldn't have a problem making it to the 200 point plateau.

Stralman will need a career year to make it to 200 points, but you never know what he could do with a full season next to a healthy Victor Hedman and even seeing more time on an improved power play. Carle had a weak 2014-15 (marred by injury in part) and if he performs the same way he won't make it to 300 points, but based on his career norms he can make it there. Filppula will also need a return to form with better 5-on-5 production than he had last year to make it to 400 points.

It'll be fun to watch these players as they make it to these milestones. Some are rather minor and not very noteworthy, but why not celebrate anyways?