Sep 18, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Adam Erne (46) scores the final goal of the shootout to win the game against the St. Louis Blues for the Lightning at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Lightning Make Second Round of Cuts – Roster Down to 36

One of the hardest parts of being the coach of an NHL team is putting together a roster that can stand tall against the competitions during the season.

Unfortunately, this decision is especially difficult for Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper.

We have so much quality young talent on the team, and in development in leagues like the AHL and OHL, that making the tough decisions become all that more tough.

After Saturday night’s 5-4 shootout win over the in-state rival Florida Panthers, the Lightning made their second set of cuts, reassigning players to other teams within the organization.

Below is a list of the players most recently sent back down.

Player Team League
Vladislav Namestnikov Syracuse Crunch AHL
Cedric Paquette Syracuse Crunch AHL
Philippe Paradis Syracuse Crunch AHL
Geoff Walker (waivers) Syracuse Crunch AHL

Also, here is the list of players that had been reassigned prior to Saturday night’s game.

Player Team League
Brady Brassart Syracuse Crunch AHL
Cedrick Desjardins Syracuse Crunch AHL
Adam Erne Quebec Remparts QMJHL
Danick Gauthier Syracuse Crunch AHL
Riku Helenius Syracuse Crunch AHL
Henri Ikonen Kingston Frontenacs OHL
Slater Koekkoek Windsor Spitfires OHL
Charles Landry Syracuse Crunch AHL
Max Langelier-Parent Syracuse Crunch AHL
Dan Milan Syracuse Crunch AHL
Joey Mormina Syracuse Crunch AHL
Eric Neilson Syracuse Crunch AHL
Nikita Nesterov Syracuse Crunch AHL
Carl Nielson Syracuse Crunch AHL
Drew Olson Syracuse Crunch AHL
Evan Rankin Syracuse Crunch AHL
Tanner Richard Syracuse Crunch AHL
Artem Sergeev Syracuse Crunch AHL
Luke Wikowski Syracuse Crunch AHL

While there are quite a few players on this team that I am going to miss, unfortunately, when you have this much talent within an organization, there is simply not enough room for everyone on the main roster.

The burden of this dilemma lies squarely on the shoulders of Jon Cooper.

He has to be the one to step up and make the tough decisions that need to be made in order for the Lightning to be competitive in the new Atlantic Division.

While this year may not have been their year to make it to the big time, there is no doubt in my mind that they will get their chance at the main roster sometime soon. We may seem some of these players this season should someone be taken out with an injury, others will have to wait their turn.

No matter what the case may be, there is one thing for sure; the future of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks extremely bright.

What do you think of the cuts that have been made so far? Do you think there was someone on the list that you feel should have stayed? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!


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