Tyler Johnson, who broke out as a star of the 2015 playoffs, will be ready to go when the Tampa Bay Lightning’s training camp opens this month, according to GM Steve Yzerman, as told to The Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith.
Johnson suffered a broken right wrist during the playoffs, which he played through, but his incredible production rate trailed off after that point. Nonetheless, he led the postseason with 13 goals and racked up 23 points in 26 postseason matches.
That’s good news for the team who announced on Friday that they are losing 21-year-old goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for 2-3 months after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot.
The 25-year-old Johnson has played 173 career games, all in a Bolts sweater, after going undrafted out of college. He scored 29 goals and 72 points through 77 games last season.
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