Way-Too-Early Roster Projections

As the Lightning trudge through the offseason swamp, we’ll keep a running list of best-guess rosters for Tampa Bay and Syracuse based on players available to them. Use the old “if the season started today” when looking at this. Of note: Unless you’re reading this on opening night, the season doesn’t start today and fans should never judge an offseason until the puck drops on the season.

With that said, here’s where players slot if the season were to start today. Notable RFA’s are included, but UFA’s are not. We will also not make bold predictions such as Ben Thomas unseating Anton Stralman because of his offseason workout magic, or anything like that. If a Brayden Point situation happens, it just happens. Depth charts (NOT line combos) are based on probability and relative status to their peers as of this moment.

Here we go:

Your best-guess Tampa Bay Lightning roster for today based on who’s available:

**=Bubble players requiring waivers

Namestnikov-Point-JT Brown



Your best-guess Syracuse Crunch roster for today based on who’s available:




RFA’s not expected to return: Gudlevskis, Racine, Ikonen, Richard

UFA’s: McKegg, Fournier, Vermin, Halmo, Gourde, Dumont, Conacher, Witkowski, Taormina, Letourneau-Leblond, McKenna, Budaj (re-signed), Froese (IV)

Signed, but likely back to juniors: Katchouk, Howden, Hajek, T. Raddysh

Unsigned, back to juniors/NCAA/Europe: Gusev, Chris Paquette, Somppi, Colton, Lohin, Sosunov, Zuhlsdorf, MacLeod, Oldham

Signed (non-sliders with exception of Sergachev):

1. F   Ryan Callahan
2. F   Steven Stamkos
3. F   Alex Killorn
4. F   Erik Condra
5. F   Nikita Kucherov
6. F   J.T. Brown
7. F   Vladislav Namestnikov
8. F   Cedric Paquette
9. F   Brayden Point
10. F   Adam Erne
11. F   Brian Hart
12. F   Cameron Darcy
13. F   Mathieu Joseph
14. F   Mitchell Stephens
15. F   Anthony Cirelli
16. F   Dennis Yan
17. F   Jonne Tammela
18. D   Braydon Coburn
19. D   Anton Stralman
20. D   Victor Hedman
21. D   Daniel Walcott
22. D   Dominik Masin
23. D   Ben Thomas
24. D   Mikhail Sergachev
25. D   Matthew Spencer
26. D   Erik Cernak
27. G   Andrei Vasilevskiy
28. G  Connor Ingram
29. G Peter Budaj

Total: 29/50 (typical team cap is at 47 or 48)