Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson no longer needs to wear a brace on his right wrist that was fractured in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks in June.
"It's recovering, and I can't wait for camp," Johnson told the Lightning website Wednesday.
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GOALS: 29 | ASST: 43 | PTS: 72
SOG: 203 | +/-: 33
Johnson, 24, was injured when he landed on the wrist following a hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook
but played the remainder of the series. He led the NHL in scoring with 13 goals and 23 points in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games, but had one goal in the final 10 games and stopped taking faceoffs in Game 2.
The injury did not require surgery.
The Lightning, who led the League in scoring in the regular season (3.16 goals per game), had 10 goals in the six-game loss to the Blackhawks.
"We had a remarkable season," Johnson said. "It was a dream come true to be able to go to the Stanley Cup Final and be able to play in it. But for us, it's not enough. We have to win it. That's what we're here for. We got as close as two games, really, and that's still a tough feeling. It's been a tough feeling all summer."
After scoring 24 goals and 50 points in 2013-14 and being a Calder Trophy finalist, Johnson's 72 points were tied with captain Steven Stamkos for the Lightning lead last season. Tampa Bay finished third in the Eastern Conference with 108 points.
"You look on Twitter and see what Chicago is doing with the Cup, and you can think that's you," Johnson said. "That's what we're working hard for this summer and that's what we're going to be working hard for the start of camp and through the season."