Tyler Johnson, an undrafted free agent signed out of the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League in 2011, is the Lightning Prospect Performer of the Week for the period ending October 21st.
Johnson, who suits up for the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League, collected two goals and five points in three games this past week, which were all victories for the Crunch.
Johnson earned points in all three games this week, including a three-assist effort in a 6-5 come-from- behind overtime victory versus the Binghamton Senators Saturday evening. After falling behind 5-0 midway through the second period, Johnson displayed some of his offensive versatility, earning assists on three of the Crunch’s first four goals en route to the comeback.
The 5-foot-10, 183 pound Spokane, Washington, native has tallied five goals and eight points in five games for the Crunch, as his team sits alone at the top of the league standings with a 4-0-1 record. Johnson sits first on the Crunch with three power play goals and is second on the team for scoring with eight points, behind only reigning 2011-12 AHL MVP, Cory Conacher, with nine points.
In his first professional season last year with the Norfolk Admirals, Johnson had a breakout year, scoring 31 goals and 68 points in 75 games, including six goals and 14 points in 14 games during the playoffs to help his team to a Calder Cup Championship.
Mark Barberio – (Defense) – Syracuse – AHL – The reigning 2011-12 Eddie Shore Award-winner as the defenseman of the year has picked up right where he left off last season, amassing two goals and six points through five games. A sixth round draft pick, 152nd overall of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Barberio earned one goal and four points through three games this past week, including a goal and an assist in a 6-5 over time come-back victory against Binghamton.
Brett Connolly – (Forward) – Syracuse – AHL – The Lightning’s first round draft pick, 6th overall of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, had a strong week for the Crunch totaling one goal and four points during three games. Connolly produced two helpers in the Crunch’s 3-1 victory versus Wilkes Bare-Scranton and collected a goal and an assist in a 6-5 victory against Binghamton. Connolly now has two goals and five points through five games this season.