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Lightning coach Cooper likes how their ‘Kid Line’ is growing up

Dec 1, 2013, 11:21 AM EST

Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik, Tyler Johnson AP

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been one of the league’s surprise teams. While they’re without Steven Stamkos for the time being, they’ve done well in part thanks to their “Kid Line” of former AHL teammates Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and Richard Panik.

Coach Jon Cooper tells Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times he’s happy with how they’ve grown so far this season.

“You know what you’re getting from them every night,” Cooper said. ‘They’re a bit more sure of themselves and their abilities. Early on, it’s human nature, you’re nervous, you’re uptight, you don’t want to make mistakes. Now … they play the game to make plays.”

Cooper has given the line opportunities to show what they’ve got. On Friday night against Pittsburgh, they got to grow up a bit matching up against Sidney Crosby‘s line.

This season, scoring-wise, they’ve combined for 30 points with Johnson leading the way with 13. For a line that was starting in the AHL last season, they’re adapting well in the big leagues.

  1. lightning69 - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Building confidence game by game. These “Kids” have some real potential. Strength training will be a huge part of their level of success in the NHL. Hopefully they follow St Louis and Stamkos’ examples for off season training.

    Gotta give it up to Yzerman for building a top quality AHL program out of the mess that it always was. Depth and trade options for years to come will keep us competitive every year. Already a huge dividend being paid for dealing Conacher for Bishop.

    Cooper as well, helping these guys make a smooth transition.

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  2. irokkit - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Yes, I love it!!!

    I don’t care who your team is…if you love Hockey, you’ve got to love this!!!

  3. blackhawks2010 - Dec 1, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Bolts are fun to watch this year, St Louis is a class act. Hope Stamkos gets healthy soon.

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