Erne Returning to Quebec City

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today they have assigned forward Adam Erne to his junior team, the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. The Lightning’s camp roster now sits at 58 with 31 forwards, 22 defensemen and five goaltenders.

Erne, Tampa Bay’s second-round draft pick in 2013, scored two goals and added another in the shootout during the Lightning’s 4-3 come-from-behind win on Wednesday night at the Amway Center in Orlando. It was his first NHL preseason game. He was suspended three preseason games for a hit to the head he delivered to the Blues' Vladimir Sobotka. The suspension does not carry over to juniors.

Last year for the Remparts Erne accumulated 28 goals and 72 points, increasing his career high for points by 23 over the previous year.

Quebec is off to an 0-1-1-0 start without Erne, who led the club in scoring last season. He is expected to be a leader on the Remparts and is a strong candidate to represent the United States in this year's World Junior Championships.

Erne won't turn 20 until April 2015, so next year he can only play in the NHL or back in juniors. If he plays next camp like he did this year, "Where does Erne play?" will be a topic of conversation this time next year.