Lightning win and two Buccaneers make all rookie team.

By Ken Filler
Feb. 12, 2017

?Nice to see the Lightning get a point out of a tough road less in Minnesota last night. Andrei Vasilevsky was sharp in goal as the Lightning lost in a shootout 2-1. That's 5 points for the Lightning in the last 3 games. With every game so critical for the Lightning's playoff hopes, any point is valuable. Brayden Point's  sixth goal of the season late in the second period tied it for the Lightning, before they lost the shootout. The Bolts will be in Winnipeg tonight which will be another tough game as the Jets are making a push for the playoffs. 

--Congratulations to Lightning Associate Coach Rick Bowness who coached in game number 2,165 last night passing HOF coach Scotty Bowman for coaching in the most games in NHL history, 

--The 2017 mock draft rankings are already out and the player rankings are changing every five seconds. One thing that will not change is the Buccaneer needs. Many so called experts have the Bucs taking a TE with the 19th pick. I sure hope not.  A good number two wide receiver opposite Mike Evans is a must.  Defensive back is another area that the Bucs need to improve. Vernon Hargreaves played well in the secondary as a rookie, but had his ups and downs. The third area the Bucs need to shore up is offensive line depth. Once you get past the starting five, the Bucs had few lineman that were ready for full-time duty. The return of JR Sweezy should help, but depth. Is much needed.

--Word from One Bucs place is there are no guarantees that K Roberto Aguayo will be on the team come September. Aguayo will have plenty of competition in Spring practice and training camp. The Bucs cannot afford to have another rocky season from the kicking position be it from Aguayo or someone else. 

--Congratulations are in order to Bucs rookies Noah Spence and Vernon Hargraves named to Gil Brandt's all rookie team. Spence had five and a half sacks and 12 QB hits and played with his shoulder in a sling most of the season. Spence did have off-season surgery and should be ready to go for training camp.

--The Tampa Bay Rays have 4 players that will be playing in the World baseball Classic next month. P Chris Archer will start for team USA. Newly acquired Jose De Leon will pitch for Puerto Rico.  RP Alex Colome for the Dominican Republic and Minor league pither Jose Alvarado for Venezuela. 

The Rays rotation is pretty much set with Archer, Cobb, Ordorizzi, Blake Snell and Matt Andriesse as the top 5 starters.  Hopefully this is the year the Rays can stay healthy. If not their is a nice collection of young arms to pick from at AAA Durham. Jose De Leon, Chase Whitley, Taylor Guierreri, and Jacob Faria could all see time in Tampa this summer. Look for the highly touted Jose De Leon to get the first call. De Leon was acquired from the Dodgers in the Logan Forsythe trade. 


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