|Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Written by Randy Buschmann|
May 2013 - Johnson has started the Calder Cup playoffs with a bang scoring two goals and six points in three games as Syracuseswept Portland in the first round. This summer is arguably the most important of Johnson's life, as he enters the final year of his entry level contract. If he wishes to earn a one-way contract and a permanent NHL position, he must work extra hard to add strength to his body, as it's the only thing holding him back at this point. Johnson already possesses the skating ability, speed, offensive creativity and hockey sense to go along with an outstanding work ethic, so if he does successful get stronger, look out. Randy Buschmann
May 2013 - Johnson finished up his brief stint in Tampa Bay by going pointless with only five shots on goal in his final nine games. He received limited powerplay time but continued to show flashes of the player he could be with added strength. Johnson was sent back to Syracuse and netted five goals and seven points in three games. Johnson finished his second AHL campaign with 37 goals and 65 points in only 62 games, earning the goal scoring title. Johnson was also named the AHL's Most Valuable Player, following the footsteps of his former teammate Cory Conacher who won the MVP last season. Randy Buschmann
April 2013 - Tyler Johnson has continued to improve his value during the 2012-13 season. Johnson has been the top scorer and a key contributor in all situations for Syracuse, leading the club with 32 goals and 58 points. Johnson finally earned a call-up with Tampa Bay last month and has stuck with the big club ever since. Johnson started his NHL stint strong with three goals, six points and six shots on goal in five games. In eight games since, Johnson is pointless with only four shots on goal, but his overall play generally receives positive reviews. Randy Buschman
December, 2012 - Johnson is off to a blazing start, with 15 goals and 23 points in his first 20 AHL games. That's good for third in the league. Tampa Bay already has Martin St. Louis, and they also have more highly-touted smaller prospects in Alex Killorn and Cory Conacher. Besides St. Louis, there may be only room for one more small, skilled forward. So Johnson has his work cut out for him, competing with Conacher and Killorn for one spot. But he looks more promising for it now than he did a month ago. - Dobber
June, 2012 – Undersized, undrafted, and undeserving of the criticism for his size. His talent for offense has always been exceptional. He’s produced at every level, but his size has scared many general managers away. Tampa Bay took a chance and signed him to play for the Norfolk Admirals, who he has helped lead to the Calder Cup Championship. His consistency is his greatest attribute. He has performed at a tad under a point-per-game average for most of his career and this trend continued even in the Calder Cup playoffs.
Fantasy Outlook: B-
Modest upside. If he can land himself a role with the Tampa Bay Lightning then he would provide a good source of point totals as he must land a top 6 role to be truly effective in the NHL.
Nice bang in goal off the rebound for the game winner:
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|Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 07:36|