Cote, 31, had nine points and a plus-6 rating in 19 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. He will be available for the Lightning for their next game, Thursday against the Nashville Predators.
The 6-foot-2, 216-pound player has eight games of NHL experience, with the Montreal Canadiens in the 2005-06 season. He was selected in the ninth round (No. 265) of the 2000 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp