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.”
When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.
— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions