Tyler Johnson had a season to forget with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2015-16. After scoring 29 goals and 72 points as a sophomore in 2014-15, the center seemed poised for big things a year ago. That never came to fruition, however, as the 5-foot-8, 185-pound pivot struggled with a wrist injury throughout a majority of the campaign.
Despite skating in 69 contests, Johnson didn’t really find his A-game until the latter part of the season due to his lingering issue. Wrist injuries are tough to deal with in hockey, and the typically electric forward struggled to meet the lofty expectations he’d set for himself entering the third year of his career.
The last of production (comparatively) wasn’t for lack of trying, however, and we started to see Johnson return to his usual level of production during the playoffs. He was the team’s No. 1 center since Steven Stamkos was on the shelf dealing with blood clots, and he was more than able to raise to the occasion.
Johnson has continued to recover from the wrist issue this summer, and he says that’s he’s 100% heading into training camp.
The first part of the news was almost expected. He clearly looked better as the postseason wore on, and there was no reason to believe Johnson had suffered any setbacks. It’s the second part of Bryan Burns’ tweet that catches the eye, though. He says that he didn’t start to feel fully recovered until July, which is somewhat surprising considering how effective Johnson was during the playoffs.
This might be Tampa’s last shot at winning the Stanley Cup with this team as-is, and it sounds like they’ll have yet another weapon at their disposal as they try to battle back to the Final once again.
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