The Tampa Bay Lightning finished off their 1995 season with a 8-5 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Itís been a difficult final stretch for the Lightning as they closed off season losing their last nine games and winless in twelve. The Lightning, however, will have the 2nd best odds at winning the draft lottery. Unlike previous years, it seems there is a clear cut favorite at number one in defenseman Zdeno Chara. The feeling is he can be a cornerstone players for years to come and is exactly the player Tampa GM Brandon Clark loves to build around.

While itís to early to tell what changes will be in place for the Lightning this offseason, itís expected GM Clark will be actively looking to improve on his 15 win roster.  It was not all doom and gloom however as there were some bright spots for Tampa. Brent Fedyk had a breakout year with 55 points and 160 hits. He should garner some interest around the league considering his cheap contract. Stephane Morin was arguably the Lightningís MVP as he lead the team in goals (27) points (56) and power play goals (12) while also adding 130 hits. Rookie Scott Scissons should receive a few Calder votes as he scores 22 goals and placed 5th in NFHL rookie scoring. Brian Dobbin also scored 22 goals and will look to cash in as he heads into Free Agency. And lastly, Scott Pearson had a breakout season with 22 goals and 50 points while becoming Tampaís utility forward. Pearson scored seven on the power play, four short handed, two game tying and two game winning goals. Itís expected heíll be available this offseason also as he too is on a team friendly contract. One thing is for sure GM Clark will be all ears on just about anyone if it will make the team better.