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2020-21 Lightning Player Grades: The Top Forwards

How did the big forwards do for the Lightning?

2020-21 Lightning Grades: The Defense

The dudes on the blue line get their report cards.

2020-21 Lightning Player Grades: Bottom Six Forwards

The strength of the team’s depth chart.

2020-21 Lightning Player Grades: Depth Players

The depth players played their part, but how did they do?

2020-21 Lightning Player Grades: Introduction

School’s out for the summer. But the grades are in.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Andrei Vasilevskiy was the Big Cat once again

Now a two-time Vezina nominee, Vasilevskiy put forth another great season for the Lightning.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Brayden Point arrived as a star

Point is the real deal.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Victor Hedman met but didn’t exceed expectations

I gave Hedman a C, and I’ll tell you why.

2018-2019 Player Grades: Nikita Kucherov had an offensive explosion that we likely won’t see again

Nikita Kucherov had the highest scoring season of the salary cap era and he’s only 25 years old.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning player grades: Louis Domingue did his job well

Can’t ask for much more from a backup.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Erik Cernak was a pleasant surprise

Wow. Much defense. Such rookie.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning player grades: Ryan McDonagh bounced back big time

McD had one of the best seasons of his career.

Player Grades 2018-2019: Yanni Gourde, another undrafted contributor for the Lightning

After a breakout rookie season, how was Gourde’s sophomore campaign?

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Ondrej Palat took a step back

He’ll have something to prove next season.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: is Tyler Johnson worth the money?

Looking beyond the 29 goals for an answer to this expensive question.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Mikhail Sergachev takes another step forward

Sergachev climbed into Tampa’s top four by the end of the season.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Anton Stralman had a rough year

The decline might be here for Stralman.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning player grades: J.T. Miller is a solid depth player

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Anthony Cirelli, another midround gem

Cirelli emerged as a force on the third line this year.

2018-2019 Player Grades: Braydon Coburn, a defensive UFA who might return

An inexpensive contract could be in the works for the steadying defensive presence of Braydon Coburn.

2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Alex Killorn did Alex Killorn things

Alex Killorn exists to be a pretty good, but not great hockey player.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Dan Girardi’s time in Tampa could (should?) be over

Is it time to move on from the old guard?

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Mathieu Joseph was a pleasant surprise

He broke into the NHL this year, but he still has room to grow.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning player grades: Adam Erne is here to stay. Probably.

Big Ern finally stuck in Tampa this year.

2018-2019 Tampa Bay Lightning Player Grades: Cedric Paquette showed improvement

Paquette had his best NHL season since his rookie year.

Tampa Bay Lightning 2018-2019 player grades: Jan Rutta made an impact in Syracuse and Tampa

Rutta could be an option to re-sign this summer.

Tampa Bay Lightning 2018-2019 player grades: Ryan Callahan embraced a new role

We may have seen the last of Cally in Tampa.