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Tampa Bay Lightning Career Goal Scoring Leaders
Martin St. Louis
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been an NHL franchise since 1993, but have already won a Stanley Cup, much to the chagrin of everyone north of the border. The team has been in the playoffs just five times, but still has that one Cup and has put lots of great offensive players on the ice. Here is a short list of the Lightning’s leading goal scorers to date:
Vincent Lecavalier (307)—Center Vincent Lecavalier has been with the Lightning his entire career, from 1998 until now as I write this in 2009. Lecavalier leads the team all-time with 307 goals, and he has so far scored 30 or more goals five times. Lecavalier’s best season was 2006-07, when he had career highs in goals (52, led NHL), assists (56) and total points (108).
Martin St. Louis (239)—Right wing Martin St. Louis has been with the Lightning most of his career, from 2000 until the present as I write this. St. Louis ranks second in Lightning franchise history with 239 goals, and he also has five seasons with 30 or more goals. St. Louis’ best season so far was 2006-07, when he had career highs in goals (43), assists (59) and total points (102), but he led the NHL in assists (56) and total points (94) as well as plus/minus (+35) in the 2003-04 season.
Brad Richards (150)—Center Brad Richards played for the Lightning from 2000 to 2008 and ranks third in the team’s history with 150 goals. Richards had a career high 26 goals in 2003-04, but his best season was arguably 2005-06, when he scored 23 goals but had career highs in assists (68) and total points (91).
Fredrik Modin (145)—Left wing Fredrik Modin played in Tampa Bay from 1999 to 2006, and ranks fourth in Lightning history with 145 goals scored. Modin had his three best seasons with Tampa, and his best was probably the 2000-01 campaign. That year, Modin scored a career high 32 goals, and added 24 assists for 56 total points.
Vaclav Prospal (127)—Journeyman center Vaclav Prospal had three stints with the Lightning, from 2001 to 2003, 2005 to 2008 and the 2008-09 season. Prospal ranks fifth in franchise history with 127 goals and had a career best 33 goals in 2007-08 for two different teams. He had arguably his best season when playing for the Lightning in 2005-06, with 25 goals, 55 assists and a career high 80 total points.