The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Adam Erne to a NHL entry-level contract, the same team that selected him in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Erne spent the 2010-11 season in the USHL with the Indiana Ice as just a 15-year-old, recording 18 points (10g, 8a) in 45 games. He netted his first USHL goal in his fifth game with the Ice, a 4-1 loss to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The Ice posted an 8-2-0 record in games that Erne scored a goal, including two games in which he tallied the game-winner.
The Branford, Connecticut native has spent the last three seasons playing junior hockey in the QMJHL for the Quebec Remparts. He led the team in scoring with 72 points (28g, 44a) in 68 games during the 2012-13 season. He totaled 62 points (21g, 41a) in 48 games this season.
He was also part of the U.S. Junior National Team that competed at the IIHF World Junior Championship this past winter in Sweden.
Erne, 18, was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He will now join the Syracuse Crunch, AHL affiliate of the Lightning, for the remainder of the season.
USHL stats – Adam Erne
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