Season preview: Tampa Bay Lightning depth chart
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theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning came within one win of a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final last season, and head into the 2016-17 campaign with a roster loaded with enough talent to finish the job this time around.

Here's a look at the projected depth chart for 2016-17.

Forwards

LW C RW
Alex Killorn Steven Stamkos Jonathan Drouin
Ondrej Palat Tyler Johnson Nikita Kucherov
Vladislav Namestnikov Valtteri Filppula Ryan Callahan
Cedric Paquette Brian Boyle J.T. Brown
  • Callahan is expected to start the season on the sidelines after offseason hip surgery, giving Cory Conacher and Erik Condra a chance to move down from the press box and into the opening-night lineup.

Defensemen

LD RD
Victor Hedman Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn Nikita Nestorov
Slate Koekkoek
  • James Wisniewski will attend training camp on a professional tryout, and he'll have a good shot at cracking the top six if healthy, and if the Lightning can free up some cap space.

Goalies

G
Ben Bishop
Andrei Vasilevskiy
  • Vasilevskiy appeared ready for prime time when called on to fill in for an injured Bishop during the Eastern Conference Finals, and there's a good chance the latter - an unrestricted free agent next summer - will finish the season on a different team.

NHL Depth Charts

ANA | ARI | BOS | BUF | CGY
CAR | CHI | COL | CBS | DAL
DET | EDM | FLA | LA | MIN
MTL | NSH | NJD | NYI | NYR
PHI | PIT | OTT | STL | SJ
TB | TOR | VAN | WSH | WIN

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