Johnson, 22, leads the Crunch with 20 goals and 35 points in 36 games. Barberio,22, a 2008 sixth-round pick, leads the Syracuse defensemen with 22 points in 37 games. Gudas, 22, a 2010 third-round pick, has 12 points and a team-best plus-22 rating in 34 AHL games.
The Lightning roster currently stands at 28 players.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday