The Tampa Bay Lightning only need to look to Eastern Conference rivals Florida, New Jersey and Ottawa for inspiration. These three teams missed out of the playoffs in 2010-2011, only to make the jump into the playoffs this year.

It just takes a few moves to transform a team into a contender. Tampa Bay General Manager Steve Yzerman is not content with just contending next year, but building a franchise that had no previous organizational depth into a perennial Stanley Cup contender.

TampaBayLightning.com counts down the top 10 signs that the Lightning are primed for success in 2012-2013. Follow along as TampaBayLightning.com outlines positive signs from the 2011-12 season that provide good reason for optimism heading into the next season.

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NUMBER 10: World Championships

The 2012 World Championships tournament runs May 4-20 and provides Bolts with an opportunity to hone their skills during the season hiatus.

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NUMBER 9: 20-Goal Scorers

Lightning 20-goal scorers, Stamkos (60), Purcell (24), Malone (20), St. Louis (25), and Lecavalier (22) should prime Bolts for successful run next season.

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NUMBER 8: JT Brown

Signing of Bolts forward JT Brown serves as a positive indicator of organization's ability to attract young talent.

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NUMBER 7: GARON'S PLAY DOWN THE STRETCH

Lightning can build off Mathieu Garon’s strong play down the stretch, but still seek improvement in goal.

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NUMBER 6: PLAYMAKING PURCELL

The play of Teddy Purcell, who helped fuel a late playoff push with a team-best 11-game scoring streak, is a reason why the Bolts are optimistic.

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NUMBER 5: NO QUIT IN BOUCHER

The Lightning went 21-13-4 in its final 38 games, and much of that can be attributed to head coach Guy Boucher's relentless style of coaching, which has been adopted by the team.

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NUMBER 4: STAMKOS ROUNDING OUT

While his remarkable 60-goals stole headlines this season, Stamkos' ability to improve in other aspects of the game shows his development as a two-way player.

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NUMBER 3: ORGANIZATIONAL DEPTH

Continuous build of organizational depth signals bright future ahead for Bolts.

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NUMBER 2: YOUNG DEFENSIVE CORE

Recent trades helped the Lightning's blue line get better while also getting younger.

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NUMBER 1: PROVEN PROSPECTS

Lightning injuries this past season yielded opportunity for young prospects to prove themselves

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