Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning only need to look to Eastern Conference rivals Florida, New Jersey and Ottawa for inspiration. These three teams missed out of the playoffs in 2010-2011, only to make the jump into the playoffs this year.

It just takes a few moves to transform a team into a contender. Tampa Bay General Manager Steve Yzerman is not content with just contending next year, but building a franchise that had no previous organizational depth into a perennial Stanley Cup contender.

TampaBayLightning.com counts down the top 10 signs that the Lightning are primed for success in 2012-2013. Follow along as TampaBayLightning.com outlines positive signs from the 2011-12 season that provide good reason for optimism heading into the next season.

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NUMBER 10: World Championships

The 2012 World Championships tournament runs May 4-20 and provides Bolts with an opportunity to hone their skills during the season hiatus.

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NUMBER 9: 20-Goal Scorers

Lightning 20-goal scorers, Stamkos (60), Purcell (24), Malone (20), St. Louis (25), and Lecavalier (22) should prime Bolts for successful run next season.

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NUMBER 8: JT Brown

Signing of Bolts forward JT Brown serves as a positive indicator of organization's ability to attract young talent.

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NUMBER 7: GARON'S PLAY DOWN THE STRETCH

Lightning can build off Mathieu Garon’s strong play down the stretch, but still seek improvement in goal.

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NUMBER 6: PLAYMAKING PURCELL

The play of Teddy Purcell, who helped fuel a late playoff push with a team-best 11-game scoring streak, is a reason why the Bolts are optimistic.

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NUMBER 5: NO QUIT IN BOUCHER

The Lightning went 21-13-4 in its final 38 games, and much of that can be attributed to head coach Guy Boucher's relentless style of coaching, which has been adopted by the team.

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NUMBER 4: STAMKOS ROUNDING OUT

While his remarkable 60-goals stole headlines this season, Stamkos' ability to improve in other aspects of the game shows his development as a two-way player.

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NUMBER 3: ORGANIZATIONAL DEPTH

Continuous build of organizational depth signals bright future ahead for Bolts.

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NUMBER 2: YOUNG DEFENSIVE CORE

Recent trades helped the Lightning's blue line get better while also getting younger.

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NUMBER 1: PROVEN PROSPECTS

Lightning injuries this past season yielded opportunity for young prospects to prove themselves

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