Defenseman Andrej Sustr, an undrafted free agent who just completed his third season with Nebraska-Omaha, has signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning confirmed the signing Thursday night.
The 22-year-old Czech defenseman is 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds; he had nine goals and 25 points along with 53 penalty minutes in 39 games for UNO this season. He announced he was leaving school after the Mavericks were eliminated from the WCHA playoffs.
Sustr represented his country at the 2010 World Junior Championship. He has skated at development camps with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and the Lightning; he attended Tampa Bay's camp last summer.
“Andre is a big, mobile, right shot defenseman with very good skills. We feel he has great potential to develop into a good NHL player,” general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. “We’re excited to have him join our organization.”
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness