Why Ondrej Palat will go down as ‘one of the top players that was ever a Bolt’ – [Update News]

Ten or 15 years from now, when the Lightning begin to honor the most pivotal people in their historic run, we know there will be several players’ jerseys hung in the Amalie Arena rafters.

Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos, and Vinny Lécavalier are in line to join the ranks of greats Martin St. Louise and Victor Hedman. Brayden point, Andrei Vasilevskiy (Nikita Kucherov), and Andrei Vasilevskiy (both on their way) are also on their way.

However, they should also consider making space for No. 18.

You can’t write the history of the Lightning’s back-to-back Stanley Cups without including Ondrej Palat.

He’s not the flashiest player. Not the most gifted, strongest, or largest player. Cup teams need to have as much willpower as skill, just as much style as sandpaper and as much heart and intelligence as their opponents. And Palat is all of that, the group’s ultimate Swiss Army knife. Palat would have been the franchise’s greatest underdog story if not for St. Louis. He was the third-to-last pick in the 2011 NHL Draft — No. 208 — and he has outscored all but eight players in his draft class. He’s been the engine of any line he’s been on, from the 2015 “Triplets” to the title teams.

Palat is third in Lightning history in playoff points (37) and second in goals (37), just behind Kucherov (44)