April 2, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) talks with right wing J.T. Brown (19) during the second period against the Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign RW J.T. Brown

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today that the Lightning have re-signed right win J.T. Brown to a one-year, two-way contract.

Last season with the Syracuse Crunch, the 5”11” 177 pound right winger played in 51 regular season games; during which time he scored 10 goals and 18 assists for a total of 8 points, spending only 27 minutes in the Penalty Box.

During the post-season, which saw the Syracuse Crunch go all the way to Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals before ultimately falling to the Grand Rapids Griffins, American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, Brown played in a total of 18 games where he scored 4 goals and 5 assists for a total of 9 points.

In the post-season, he maintained a +3 rating and spent only 18 minutes in the box.

The Crunch right winger made his National Hockey League debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 31st, 2012 as the Lightning defended home ice against the Winnipeg Jets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

It was only 7 days later that he would score his first official NHL point. On April 7th, also against the Winnipeg Jets, Brown would feed a pass to RW Teddy Purcell who would ultimately find the back of the net with a snap shot in the opening minutes of the second period.

J.T. Brown was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning as a Free Agent on March 28, 2012.

I am pretty happy about this move by Yzerman. Brown is a versatile player that can perform effectively in multiple different situations, and works well with line mates to get the puck to the back of the net.

From the way the contract sounds, there seems to be a good possibility that we may see Brown on the main roster at some point during the next season in the event that a spot opens up due to injury or should some other necessity arise.

What do you think of the Crunch right winger being re-signed by the Bolts? What impact, if any, do you think he will make on the Bolts next season?


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