Say this about the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team has a world of talent.
For instance, check the rosters of the World Cup of Hockey that is coming up.
Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Andrej Vasilveskiy have been named to represent Russia in the tournament. Ondrej Palat and Andrej Sustr have been named to the Czech team. The No. 1 defensive pairing of Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman are on Team Sweden and Steven Stamkos, the captain, is on Team Canada. Valtteri Filppula is on Team Finland. Goaltender Ben Bishop is on the North American team.
With 10 players in all, it isn’t hard to figure out why the Lightning is in prime position for the playoffs.
Play begins Sept. 17.