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.
That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.
— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3