Projecting the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Lines for the 2023-24 Season

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Steven Stamkos #91, Nikita Kucherov #86, and Brayden Point #21 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the game at the Amalie Arena on December 28, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Steven Stamkos #91, Nikita Kucherov #86, and Brayden Point #21 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the game at the Amalie Arena on December 28, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /
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Goalies

Starter

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Backup

Jonas Johansson

Wildcard

Hugo Alnefelt

Analysis: There are no questions on who the starter in net will be for the Lightning. But behind Vasilevskiy the signing of Jonas Johansson is one I find a little odd as it deviates from what the team has tended to look for in a backup goalie.

The 27-year-old has 35 career NHL games under him over the past four seasons but has not played more than 15 games in any one season. With the Lightning, Johansson will be asked to play somewhere between 20-25 games.

Regardless of the lack of experience, BriseBois believes he is more than capable of the task at hand.

Even if Johansson starts the season as the backup, the ascension of Alnefelt to become Vasy’s backup feels inevitable. Whether or not it happens this season, any stretches of poor form for Johansson could be grounds for calling up Alnefelt and giving him a chance to take on the role.

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