Lecavalier was not quite "The Michael Jordan of Hockey" then-Tampa Bay Lightning owner Art Williams touted him to be. But the center went on to help the Lightning win the first Stanley Cup championship in their history, win the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL top goal-scorer and score at least 20 goals in 12 consecutive seasons.
The Lightning selected Lecavalier with the No. 1 pick in the 1998 NHL Draft. He didn't live up to his owner's hype, finishing his rookie season with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists). But he improved to 67 points (25 goals, 42 assists) in 1999-2000, and Tampa Bay named him captain on March 1, 2000; at 19 years, 314 days old, Lecavalier was the youngest captain in NHL history at the time.