Apr 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Teddy Purcell (16) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Purcell: Consistency Is The Key

If there’s one thing that Teddy Purcell could use, it’s a little consistency over a season. Approaching 28 years old and with two years left on his deal with the Lightning, Purcell has a great opportunity to build upon the successes he’s had with the Bolts since his trade from the L.A. Kings.

While his point production has been strong with 52 points in 2010-11, 65 points in 2011-12 and then 36 points in the most recent strike-shortened season, consistency is Purcell’s question mark.

Not unlike many NHL’ers, Purcell seems to fit the profile of the scorer who plays in streaks, even period by period. He’ll have a few great games, put points on the board like his life depended on it, and then he disappears not only for a few shits, but for extended periods of time. His on-ice demeanor when things aren’t going so well leads me to believe that confidence for him is a significant challenge.

Hopefully, Teddy will feed off the energy of our younger players this upcoming season. Because when people talk about Bishop, Lindback, Stammer and Marty as being key players in our quest for playoff success, I’m talking about Teddy Purcell as the Bolt who needs to bring his consistent, steady scoring game to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s journey to another Stanley Cup.

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