3. Ross Colton
In his first full regular season, Ross Colton had a pretty great year. He scored 22 goals and recorded 39 points in 79 games. Throughout the regular season and playoffs, Colton saw much of his action as a third liner and getting work on the second powerplay unit.
With Anthony Cirelli missing the start of the season and the departure of Palat, there is opportunity for Colton to expand his role in the top six. He will have every opportunity to land a role on the wing of one of the top two lines. The question will be if he will have the offensive output of a top six winger.
Colton has proven to have flashes here and there playing on the Lightning’s second line. He even scored the Stanley Cup winning goal while skating on the second line with Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli. So if there is another winger knocking on the door of a role in the Lightning’s top two lines, Colton will surely get a shot.