I’m not going to lie, I haven’t picked up a recreation controller of any kind since I broke the one in opposition to a wall in 2009. So, I’m not an knowledgeable with regards to video video games and these rankings imply just about nothing to me. I additionally understand that I’ve aged out of the demographic so what I feel just about means nothing to the powers that be at EA Sports activities. Apart from, video participant rankings are all the time a type of issues that will get individuals fired up for about 48 hours on-line.
It additionally appears that the gamers themselves, although they may deny it, regulate these items and sure poke enjoyable at one another within the locker room about it. Not the entire participant rankings have been launched on Thursday, simply the highest ten by place together with some abilities.
So, how did the Lightning’s high gamers truthful? Total, not too unhealthy.
High Ten Goaltenders
Effectively, I suppose that solves the Vasy vs. Igor debate, proper? Vasilevskiy is the best rated Tampa Bay Lightning participant within the recreation this yr.
High Ten Facilities
I can’t actually argue about this record. It’s good to see The Captain represented. Hopefully, with a wholesome season we’ll see Brayden Level again on this record subsequent yr. Stamkos additionally completed third in slapshot energy and seventh in wrist shot energy.
High Ten Proper Wings
Kuch is correct there on the high. With a full 82-game season I imagine he can take excessive spot subsequent season. He additionally positioned third in deking and ninth in wristshot energy.
High Ten Left Protection
We will take this as a win as nicely since Huge Vic is tied with Roman Josi for the highest score. Not surprisingly, nobody on the appropriate aspect of the Lightning protection made the highest ten and Cal Makar was the top-rated defenseman general with a 94 score. Hedman completed simply forward of Stamkos in slapshot energy with a second general score of 94 (Alex Ovechkin was tops at 96).
If or after we get the scores for your complete roster we’ll submit them right here. Go forth and argue within the feedback.
2022 Top 25 Under 25 – #7 Jack Thompson [Raw Charge]
One other right-side defenseman cracks the highest ten in our countdown. Can Thompson present the offensive potential that made him an intriguing draft choose now that he’s within the professionals? We hope so.
Opening take a look at traces/pairings for first day of #GoBolts camp
— Lightning Insider (@Erik_Erlendsson) September 22, 2022
The primary line combos of the season are out. Truthfully, not a lot totally different then what I’d have put collectively. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Vlad Namestnikov and Nick Paul change spots or for Ross Colton to see a while in the midst of the ice. Coach Cooper has lots of flexibility amongst his forwards and can possible put that to make use of.
I had the prospect to speak with Jeff Blashill, the #Bolts latest assistant coach, for the primary time since he arrived in Tampa in early August and he appears to be a wonderful match for this group.
You may take heed to the complete interview right here:https://t.co/35pgDjnpME
— Gabby Shirley (@Gabby_Shirley_) September 22, 2022
As Lightning begin training camp practices, opportunities abound [Tampa Bay Times]
As Coach Cooper stated, “we’ve nonetheless received lots of regulars again there that performed a ton of minutes in vital video games for us, and we’ve received some guys that are actually going to need to step into greater roles.”
The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks are scheduled to play World Sequence video games in Prague on October seventh and eighth. Whereas not outright banning Russian gamers, the Czech International Ministry has made it clear that they aren’t welcome. For the Sharks which means Alexander Barabanov and probably Evgeny Svechikov may not play whereas Yakov Trenin and possibly Iaroslav Askarov may very well be left off the roster.
As of proper now league officers are downplaying the announcement and Sharks GM Mike Grier acknowledged, “We’re a group. Both all of us play, or we don’t play.”
Buffalo Sabres extend general manager Kevyn Adams [Die by the Blade]
Whereas he hasn’t seen the on-ice success but, Adams’ plan for rebuilding the Sabres has earned him just a little little bit of an extended leash. Regardless of the extension, the younger gamers he’s introduced into the group have to start out producing this season or he gained’t see the top of his new contract.