By Jameson Cooper, Staff Writer
In what should come as a surprise to few, reigning AHL MVP Cory Conacher has made the Lightnings’ opening day roster and will lace up his skates against the Washington Capitals this Saturday night.
Before arriving to training camp, the 23 year-old Conacher was having a stellar season for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. Conacher totaled 28 points (12G 16A) through 36 games for the team and helped set the tempo for the club every night.
Veteran forward and future Hall of Famer Vincent Lecavalier has reportedly taken Conacher under his wing throughout training camp and had nothing but great things to say about the young scorer. “He’s got a lot of speed, hes a smart player, hes a quick thinker on the ice,” Leacavlier told Lightning.nhl.com
Along with Lecavalier, Conacher will be joining a talented scoring team with players like Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell—all capable of carrying the scoring load at any given night. It is still unsure who Conacher will be playing alongside, but he has potential to make the 3rd scoring line if he can play up to his abilities.
In a surprising move, Syracuse Crunch forward Tyler Johnson was cut today as the Lightning try to trim their roster down for opening night. A taletned scoring forward, Johnson is the current leading scorer for the Crunch with 35 points (20G 15A) through 36 games played. However, look for Johnson to be one of the first players called up if the Lightning lose any forwards to injuries.
Catch a glimpse of Cory Conacher’s NHL debut this Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Tampa Bay Lightning host the Washington Capitals
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