The Tampa Bay Lightning are one of the most successful NHL teams in recent memory. This can be attributed, in part, to the many great players that have donned the Lightning jersey over the years. Here is a list of the 10 best Tampa Bay Lightning players of all time.
1. Martin St. Louis
Arguably the best Tampa Bay Lightning player of all time, St. Louis was a key member of the 2004 Stanley Cup winning team. He is the franchise leader in points and assists, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
2. Vincent Lecavalier
Another member of the 2004 Stanley Cup team, Lecavalier is the franchise leader in goals scored. He was a dominant force for the Lightning during his prime, and was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
3. Brad Richards
Yet another member of the 2004 Stanley Cup team, Richards was acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks prior to the season. He went on to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and was a key contributor to the Lightning’s success.
4. Dan Boyle
A mainstay on the Tampa Bay blue line for over a decade, Boyle was an offensive force from the back end. He is the franchise leader in goals by a defenseman, and was a vital part of the 2004 Stanley Cup team.
5. Steven Stamkos
The current captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Stamkos has been one of the best players in the NHL for many years. He is a two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner as the league’s leading goal scorer, and is still in his prime at just 28 years old.
6. Nikolai Khabibulin
The first Tampa Bay goaltender to ever be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Khabibulin was a key member of the 2004 Stanley Cup team. He had a stellar career with the Lightning, and is still revered by fans today.
7. Pavel Kubina
Another long-time member of the Tampa Bay blue line, Kubina was known for his physical play and scoring touch. He was a key contributor to the Lightning’s success during his time with the team, and remains a fan favorite to this day.
8. Ben Bishop
The current starting goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bishop has been one of the best netminders in the NHL over the past few years. He is a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist, and has helped the Lightning to be one of the best teams in the league.
9. Tyler Johnson
One of the young stars on the Tampa Bay Lightning, Johnson has already established himself as a top player in the NHL. He was a key member of the 2015 Stanley Cup team, and is still one of the best players on the roster today.
10. Ondrej Palat
The final member of the “Triplets” line with Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov, Palat is another young star on the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is a talented all-around player, and is an important part of the team’s success.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have a long and storied history. From their humble beginnings in 1992, the team has made it to the playoffs an impressive 19 times. Over that time, they’ve had some amazing players donning the blue and white jerseys. In honor of the Bolts making it to this year’s Stanley Cup Final, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best players in team history. Let us know who your favorite player is in the comments below!