TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Gage Goncalves to a three-year entry level contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.
Goncalves, 19, skated in 60 games for the Everett Silvertips during the 2019-20 regular season, recording 33 goals and 71 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes and a +32 rating. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound forward ranked second on the Silvertips for goals and was third for points last season. Goncalves also ranked tied for fifth in the WHL last season with 14 power-play goals and was tied for 11th for even-strength goals. He set career highs for goals, assists (38) and points during the 2019-20 campaign.
The Mission, British Columbia native has played in 128 career WHL games, all with Everett over the past three seasons, registering 34 goals and 86 points to go along with 72 penalty minutes. Goncalves appeared in 10 WHL playoff contests in 2019, tallying a pair of goals and six points.
The Lightning drafted Goncalves in the second round, 62nd overall, in the 2020 NHL Draft.