Dynasty Hockey League

Tampa Bay Future Outlook

With Tampa in it’s 3rd season of it’s rebuild they have accumulated a good amount of young talent, today we will look and see how their more prominent young pieces have done in their respective leagues up to this point.

Andrei Svechnikov

Svechnikov was drafted in the Y27 draft 1st overall by the Bolts after they sent a package of great young assets to the Stars. Since than he’s only proven to the Bolts he was worth it. So far into his 2nd season he has put up 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points in 40 games after having 37 points in 82 games in his rookie year. Svechnikov is the crown jewel of the Bolts as Tampa will continue to build the team around him in hopes of a championship.

Jack Hughes

The Bolts were given a gift by the lotto gods by getting the chance to draft Jack Hughes 1st overall after having gotten Svechnikov 1st overall in the last draft. Hughes has been solid in his rookie season, having put up 6 goals and 10 assists in 36 games. While not jaw-dropping numbers it was expected that he wouldn’t put up overly high numbers in his rookie year. Long-term though he looks to be a 1C caliber player with his point scoring ability. Svechnikov and Hughes are the dynamic duo of the future for the Bolts.

Robert Thomas

Thomas is another player in his 2nd NHL season that the Bolts own. He’s improved his points pace a bit thus far with 5 goals and 13 assists in 35 games. Thomas has value though beyond just his point totals as he’s a solid two-way center. Long term Thomas will probably slide into the 2C spot for the Bolts behind Hughes.

Charlie McAvoy

McAvoy is in his 3rd season as an NHLer and has been very good since he’s been in the league, this year however he’s struggled a bit as he has had 0 goals and 13 assists in 38 games this year. To go along with that he was just placed on IR for a lower body injury. Despite these bumps in the road the future is bright for McAvoy as he’s a very good two-way defenceman who likes to throw the body. He will be a fixture on the Bolts top pairing for years to come.

Kirill Kaprizov

The super talented Russian forward has put up 17 goals and 16 assists in 37 KHL games so fa this year. With Kaprizov however the talent isn’t what’s in question about him, it’s when he is coming over. Kaprizov has met with Bill Guerin this season and there seems to be a decent chance he comes over to North America next season. If he does the Bolts will be super happy as Kaprizov is good enough to be in any NHL teams top 6 forward group as of right now and should be a 50-60 point threat right out of the gate.

Alexander Romanov

When Tampa drafted Romanov 13th overall in the Y27 DHL Draft they turned some heads. Tampa’s GM was aware that some other GM’s thought the pick was a bit of a stretch, but Romanov is looking to be everything that the Bolts thought he’d be and maybe even possibly better. Just getting KHL playing time for 18 year olds is hard enough, but an 18 year old d-man getting consistent playing time in an important role in the KHL is rare. Romanov is played in a shutdown role but has more offensive upside then his 4 assists in 33 games has shown. The lack of offence is a result of the role he plays rather than the actual talent of the player. With his good skating ability, hockey sense and decent shot he looks to be a top 4 d-man for the Bolts.

Oliver Wahlstrom

Wahlstrom is currently in his D+2 year and is playing in the AHL. This year thus far he’s put up 3 goals and 6 assists in 20 AHL games. He also had a 9 game call-up in the NHL where he didn’t put up any points but was only playing 4th line minutes. Even so by all accounts he was playing well, long term he has 30 goal potential.

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