With 21 goals on the season, C Tyler Johnson climbed to within two goals of matching the single-season franchise rookie record set by C Steven Stamkos in 2008-09.
With 16 games remaining on the season, the 23-year-old former undrafted free agent signee has a solid chance to put his name into the Lightning record book. But Johnson has an interesting perspective on possibly surpassing the record Stamkos set when scoring 23 goals during his first season in the NHL.
“I think he was 18 when he did that feat right? And if I’m not mistaken he got 60 when he was 20 or 21,’’ Johnson said. “I mean I don’t really think about it at all. I’m just trying to help the team out and have as good of the year as I possibly can and we’re trying to make a playoff push right now.’’
Johnson was named MVP in the American Hockey League last season after leading the league with 37 goals. After making the team out of training camp in a third-line role, Johnson eventually was elevated into top line center wh...