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2013 Lightning Preview: Winds of Change

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson

Janet Eagleson is a four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook is one of the best golf courses in Florida. It's challenging and beautiful, and a fave of many PGA golfers. And that's where the Bolts will be on Monday, April 14, 2014.


Tampa Bay is going to struggle this season - there's no other way to describe it. At times, it'll be downright ugly. And fantasy options will be few and far between. Need proof? Would Valtteri Filppula be a big gun on another team?

It's going to be a long year for the Bolts.

The team would be fine if it could play 60 minutes in the offensive zone. The forwards are talented and hungry, and there are plenty of youngsters who will excite and titillate. But their blue line is as queasy as it was last year. They bail way to fast on pucks, they struggle to get the biscuit to the forwards and they're a half-step too slow on coverage.

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