The End: Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers game thread




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All day open thread and discussion! We'll be splitting time during the game (first and third periods) at The Litter Box during the game, game time is 5 PM EDT.

We've got more under the jump!  It's the grand finale of the season!

You want another reason to be pissed off at Brian Lawton? The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that there was an agreed-upon trade between the Lightning and the Minnesota Wild that would have sent multiple draft picks and Zenon Konopka to the Minnesota Wild for Derek Boogaard. In fact, it was agreed... Except that Lawton traded a draft pick the Lightning did not have the rights to. Take that for what you will.

2010 NHL Draft Prospect

Finishing up our rundown of NHL draft prospects, we present to you (by way of The Scouting Report) Taylor Hall.  Hall is no longer considered the top prospect in this year's entry draft, but the order of this list was not necessarily the order of drafting (or even rank):

Taylor Hall (C / LW)

Once declared the undisputed number one in 2010, Taylor Hall now has a lot of competition from Tyler Seguin for the top spot. Blessed with a potent combination of terrific speed and offensive skill, Hall is a dynamic player with the ability to be a game breaker at any given time. He was impressive at the WJC U20, with 6 goals and 12 points through only 6 games, but scouts will be looking to see if Hall can once again lead his Windsor club down the stretch and continue to show more focus towards the defensive zone as well. With that being said, Hall has all but locked up one of the top two spots in the draft and will surely be moving on to the NHL next season.

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