Five reasons why re-signing Tyler Johnson was a no-brainer for the Bolts
Tyler Johnson came into the NHL as an undrafted free agent and wasted no time making his mark. The Lightning in turn wasted little time themselves recently re-signing the 24-year old to a three- year contract extension. Here are five reasons why extending Tyler Johnson's contract was a no brainer for the Bolts.
1. The kid can score
Johnson set a new franchise rookie record for most goals in a season with 24, surpassing teammate Steven Stamkos who previously held the record with 23 goals.
2. He's used to performing when the odds are against him
He's just the second rookie in NHL history to record five short-handed goals and five power-play goals in a single season.
3. What summer vacation?
Always eager to improve, Johnson was on a plane to Belarus soon after the Lightning exited the Stanley Cup playoffs to represent Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Championships. It was there that Johnson recorded a team-high six goals in eight games including two goals in 17 seconds and led all Team USA forwards in on ice time with nearly 21 minutes per game.
4. The future looks bright
Johnny's found success at every level of the game so far, being named the AHL's most valuable player in 2013, and most recently being nominated as one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy.