TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Byron Froese (FRAYZ) from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. He will wear No. 78. In addition, forward Matthew Peca has been re-assigned to the Crunch.
Froese, 25, has appeared in two games with the Maple Leafs this season, posting two shots on goal. The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has skated in 58 career NHL games, all with Toronto over the past two seasons, collecting two goals and five points. He made his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens on October 24, 2015. Froese scored his first career NHL goal on December 19 against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Winkler, Manitoba native has also played in two games with Syracuse since being acquired by Tampa Bay from the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 27, 2017. With the Crunch he has recorded two goals and three points on six shots on goal. Froese skated in 48 games with the Marlies this season before the trade, posting 24 goals and 39 points to go along with 18 penalty minutes. At the time, Froese paced the Marlies for both goals and points. He's appeared in 197 career AHL games, registering 51 goals and 104 points to go along with 83 penalty minutes.
Froese was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round, 119th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft.