Tampa Bay Lightning: Top 8 prospects worth getting excited about

Cal Foote #25 of the Syracuse Crunch. (Photo by Stephane Dube/Getty Images)
Cal Foote #25 of the Syracuse Crunch. (Photo by Stephane Dube/Getty Images) /
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Alex Barre-Boulet (13)
Alex Barre-Boulet #13 of the Syracuse Crunch. (Photo by Stephane Dube/Getty Images) /

2. Alex Barre-Boulet

23-year-old forward Alex Barre-Boulet has made a lot of NHL General Managers look silly for passing on him in multiple Drafts. Despite a four season QMJHL career that resulted in 337 points in just 263 games, no one took a chance on the talented forward. A big reason for this was likely due to his size, as he is currently listed at just five-foot-nine, 172 pounds. However, in today’s game, small players are proving more and more they can play, and so far Barre-Boulet is doing just that.

To this point, he has yet to play in an NHL game, but that may very well change in the near future. He has played in two professional seasons with the Crunch to this point, registering 68 and 56-point seasons, the latter of which came in just 60 games played. He is without a doubt the best scoring prospect Tampa has at this point, and he may have a chance to stick with the team out of Training Camp this season.

Cal Foote (25)
Cal Foote #25 of the Kelowna Rockets. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images) /

1. Cal Foote

The top prospect the Tampa Bay Lightning have in their system is defenseman Cal Foote, who they selected 14th overall at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The now 22-year-old was taken in the Draft after his second season with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL in which he put up 57 points in 71 games. After being drafted, he played one more season with the Rockets and increased his totals to 70 points in just 60 games.

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Since then, he has played two seasons with the Syracuse Crunch. While he hasn’t been able to produce offence at the elite levels he did in the WHL, he has played solid two-way hockey and is a very exciting prospect for the organization and its fans.

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He will more than likely become a regular NHL defenseman this 2020-21 season. It remains to be seen whether or not he can have as good of a career as his dad, Adam but, regardless, he appears to be a solid upcoming NHLer and is the best talent in the Tampa Bay Lightning farm system.