TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Adam Erne to an entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. He will report to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season on an amateur tryout contract.
Erne, 18, played in 48 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, recording 21 goals and 62 points along with 65 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Remparts for points and was fourth for goals. Erne played in one playoff game with Quebec during the QMJHL playoffs and recorded one goal.
The 6-foot-1, 206-pound forward appeared in 180 games over three seasons with Quebec, amassing 57 goals and 189 points to go along with 164 penalty minutes. He also skated in five games for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Sweden, posting one assist.
Erne was selected by the Lightning in the second round, 33rd overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft
USA 3 vs. Russia 5
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 30/33, 3.00 GAA, .909 sv%
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .929 sv%
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Andrey Vasilevskiy made several key stops and Edmonton third rounder Anton Slepyshev had 3 assists as Russia knocked off defending Gold Medalist USA 5-3 in the Quarterfinal Round. New Jersey first rounder Stefan Matteau had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for the Americans.
Finland 5 vs. Czech Republic 3
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM
Lightning prospect Henri Ikonen had his first goal of the tournament, a key marker to tie the game at 3-3 early in the Third Period, as Finland pulled away in the final frame to defeat Czech Republic 5-3. Blackhawks first rounder Teuvo Teravainen had 2 helpers in the victory for the Finns.
Canada 4 vs. Switzerland 1
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 12 PIM
Despite several dangerous forays in the Swiss zone, Jonathan Drouin was held without a point for the first time in the tournament in Canada's 4-1 win over Switzerland. The forward did go 78% on 9 draws in the win. Islanders first rounder, defenseman Griffin Reinhart, had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win and was named the Canadians' top player in the match.
The Semifinal Round sets up with a big rematch between Sweden and Russia followed by a bout between Canada and Finland. Team USA heads home out of the medals.
USA 2 vs. Canada 3
Jonathan Drouin, Canada, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 12 PIM
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Jonathan Drouin had the primary assist on Curtis Lazar's power play, game winning goal as Canada edged USA 3-2. Drouin's Halifax teammate, Zachary Fucale, made 24 key stops on the way to being named the match's best player. Fucale was a second round pick by the Canadiens in the June draft.
Sweden 3 vs. Russia 2
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Loss, 29/32, 3.02 GAA, .906 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0 SO, 1.61 GAA, .939 sv%
Montreal second rounder Jacob de la Rose scored with just 2:22 left in regulation to lift Sweden to a 3-2 triumph over Russia in the marquee matchup of Group B. Blue Jackets second rounder Oscar Dansk made 23 saves for the victory for Sweden. Vasilevskiy was named Player of the Game for Russia.
Finland 3 vs. Switzerland 4
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
Switzerland strikes again, this time upsetting the Finns, who had just upset the Russians. Ikonen had his second assist in as many games.
Canada and Sweden take the top spots in Group A and Group B, respectively. USA finishes in second in Group A and Russia finishes in third in Group B. The Quarterfinal Round takes place Thursday with USA and Russia squaring off in what may be a classic match and Canada drawing Switzerland. Finland will face the Czechs.
Germany 0 vs. USA 8
Adam Erne, USA, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Adam Erne assisted on a Will Butcher 5-on-3 goal in Team USA's 8-0 snowman effort against Germany. His 6 shots tied for the game high and Erne's line has been praised in this tournament for their territorial dominance.
USA 6 vs. Slovakia 3
Adam Erne, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Devils first rounder Stefan Matteau scored a goal as USA cruised over Slovakia 6-3.
Canada 4 vs. Czech Republic 5 (SO)
Jonathan Drouin, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 0 PIM
Jonathan Drouin had a power play goal and even strength helper and scored Canada's lone shootout goal in their 5-4 loss to Czech Republic. Drouin was named Canada's Best Player after the match. 2014 draft eligible Jakub Vrana had a goal in the win for the Czechs.
Sweden 4 vs. Finland 2
Henri Ikonen, Finland, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Columbus first rounder Alexander Wennberg had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Sweden to a 4-2 win over rival Finland. Blackhawks first rounder Teuvo Teravainen had 2 helpers in defeat for the Finns.
Russia 7 vs. Switzerland 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Russia, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 0.67 GAA, .970 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy allowed the Swiss a game opening First Period goal, but slammed the door the rest of the way in Russia's commanding 7-1 win. Sabres first rounder Mikhail Grigorenko again scored a goal for the Russians.