Erne will spend the remainder of the season with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout contract.
The Lightning selected the 6-foot-1, 206-pound left wing in the second round (No. 33) of the 2013 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old had 21 goals and 62 points in 48 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He had one assist in five games for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.
— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday