5 years ago

Tyler Johnson is getting close to playing in the NHL, but for now he wants to continue honing his skills in the minors with AHL Syracuse.

"I think even this year I have gotten smarter with the puck, smarter with my decisions with the puck and just being able to do that. So that's been good," he said. "I've gotten stronger which is something that I've always needed to do and got heavier which I've never been able to do before up until this year. The summer was a good summer for me there is a lot that I've grown as a person as a player but there's still a lot more that I need to do and I realize that. (But) we are really just focused on playing our game here and winning games here and getting better as players and people; when it's our time it will be our time." He has recorded eight goals and 12 points in 11 games this season after he generated a total of 68 points over 75 contests in his rookie year during the 2011-12 campaign. The undrafted free agent signing appears to be another good one, after Cory Conacher, in Tampa Bay's system.