just found an article on Tyler Johnson training this past summer. Always had questions about his size but not his heart. He seemed to be tiny but he put on 10 lbs and weighs over 180 now. That is great news and it seems to be showing this year. Kid can be the real deal. Nice signing by Stevie Y!
If I were the lightning the only two who would be called up when the regular season starts, is Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson. JT Brown and Brett Connely both could use a full season in the AHL. Palat and Panik are close. On defense Gudas and Barbiero are close but could use more seasoning in the A. I know size, size, size. First off you can't hit what you can't catch, and both have proven they are fearless.
Here's a couple tweets from the twitter Fan Q&A with Steve Yzerman. I'll put it here since most of the lightning questions are prospect related
Q: Of all the unsigned prospects, who are you most excited about?
A: We have several young players who we're excited about, a few in Europe, NCAA and major junior
Q: How do you feel about the future of @TBLightning?
A: Very excited. Have strong group veterans and talented young players
Q: Which goalie on our roster is the goalie of the future?
A: Between Lindback, Helenius, Tik, Janus, Wilcox, Vasilevski, we're excited about the possibilities
Q: Do you think Tampa Bay is "fixed" or is it still in a rebuilding stage?
A: I don’t feel it is rebuilding, more of trying to be successful and win now without jeopardizing future as well
Q: Do you ever go to @Everblades games?
A: On occasion when it fits in with the schedule, yes I do
Q: Which player in Syracuse, other than the obvious like Cory, Vladdy, Barbs, etc., has impressed you the most? Palat?
A: Guys w/o much notoriety are Palat, Johnson and Gudas but we have an excellent deep team. I could name them all
Q: How impressed are you with Andrei Vasilevski? He looks like superstar goal tender in the works! Great talent at such a young age
A: Played great Monday night, he's big, athletic and has great potential. Still young, but don’t want to pressure
Q: Which players (if any) from the Syracuse Crunch do you see making the jump to the Lightning if/when the NHL season starts?
A: Watching the team we have some hard decisions bc so many players are in consideration
Q: Who in the current roster do you feel best exemplifies what you are trying to accomplish with the #Bolts?
A: Difficult to name 1 player but everyone we have represents what we're trying to accomplish collectively
“There are still a lot of things I have to work on in terms of my overall game to get to the next level,” Barberio said. “The Lightning coaching staff will know when I am ready to make the jump, so all I can do right now is continue to work on my game and when I get a chance try my hardest to make an impression.”
BriseBois thinks Barberio’s chance could be quickly approaching.
“I think after a season like last year where he improved by leaps and bounds, he definitely has a shot,” Brisebois noted. “He has come in this season and picked up right where he left off. Mark is knocking at the door right now for sure.”