TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Brayden Point to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Additionally, Point has signed an AHL amateur try out contract to play the remainder of the 2014-15 season with the Syracuse Crunch.
Point, 19, skated in 60 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League this season, posting 38 goals and 87 points to go along with 46 penalty minutes. He led the Warriors and was tied for eighth in the WHL for points. Point also ranked tied for ninth for goals and tied for third for power play goals with 14 in the WHL.
The Calgary, Alberta native has played in 204 career WHL games, all with Moose Jaw during the past four seasons, collecting 99 goals and 236 points. During the 2013-14 season, Point set career highs for points (91) and assists (55). He has also appeared in 12 WHL playoff games, all in 2012, where he recorded seven goals and 10 points.
The 5-foot-10, 163-pound forward won the Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships in Toronto. Point skated in seven games with Team Canada, posting two goals and four points during the tournament.
Point was originally selected by the Lightning in the third round, 79th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft.