THE BANDWAGON PERSPECTIVE
On September 11, news broke that Tampa Bay Lightning, General Manager, Steve Yzerman had stepped down from his role of GM and into an advisory role.
Let’s have a look at what Stevey Y has done for the Tamp Bay Lightning during his tenure as GM:
Since Yzerman was hired as GM in 2010, the Tampa Bay Lightning have made the conference finals four times including a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals where the Bolts fell to the Blackhawks dynasty. Yzerman was also awarded the GM of the Year Award for the Bolts’ run at the Cup.
In 2018, the Lightning set franchise records for both wins (54) and points (113).
The team’s performance under Yzerman is one thing, but that team had to be put together somehow. Yzerman was able to do this in a number of trades, free agent signings, and draft picks. With trade additions like Ben Bishop, Mikhail Sergachev and Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller, the team continued to fill it’s cracks. Who remembers the trade of Martin St. Louis? Yes, it was heart breaking to see Marty leave the place where he spent the majority of his career, but the Bolts acquired the Rangers’ 1st and 2nd round picks and F Ryan Callahan (along with a couple conditional picks that were swapped when the Bolts signed Callahan). Those picks turned out to be traded to the Islanders, where they were turned into draft picks Mitchell Stephens and Anthony Cirelli. In 2018, Cirelli played 18 games where he netted 5 goals and 11 points. Stephens continues to play in the AHL for Lightning affiliate, Syracuse Crunch where he scored 19 goals and 41 points in 70 games in 2018 for the club.
Other notable draft choices:
Nikita Kucherov (58th Overall)
Andrei Vaslievskiy (19th Overall)
Johnathan Drouin (3rd Overall)
Traded for Sergachev
Yzerman was also tasked will having to sign superstars Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman to contracts.
Yzerman will continue with the Tampa Bay Lightning in an advisory role, but new GM, Julien BriseBois, will have a powerhouse team in the Atlantic to have a little fun with for the next coming years. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have the man who built the powerhouse team.
2019 Prediction: 52-25-5 (A1)