Erne was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Monday. A 2013 second-round pick, the 22-year-old will start his third professional season in the minors, where he notched 14 goals and 29 points in 42 games last year. Erne suited up for 26 contests with Tampa Bay last season, as well, scoring three goals. Should the Bolts run into any injury problems in 2017-18, Erne will be one of the franchise's top options for a call-up.
Erne was shipped back to AHL Syracuse on Monday. With a bevy of injuries impacting the Lightning lineup this season, Erne was able to log 26 contests in the second half of the campaign. The 21-year-old averaged 11:48 of ice time and registered a trio of goals, including a two-goal outing against Dallas on April 2. The winger heads back to the minors, where he will look to help Syracuse win the Calder Cup for the first time since 1936-37.
Erne scored twice Sunday in a 6-3 win over Dallas. Erne opened the scoring in the first and was then promoted to a line with Vladislav Namestnikov and Tyler Johnson in the third. He showed off the skills that have been buried on a bottom line. Erne may be valuable as a fantasy pickup if he continues to skate with that duo.
Erne has not scored in 14 games. He's not without talent, but his role is limited. Erne has just a single goal in 21 games this season, but he does have 57 hits. If he could add some offense to the grit, Erne may become a fantasy contributor in future seasons.
Erne scored his first career goal during Friday's loss to Pittsburgh. It only took seven games for the 21-year-old winger to pick up his first tally at the highest level, and he's currently being deployed in a third-line role and receiving time with the No. 2 power-play unit. Because of his mediocre AHL numbers (27 goals and 59 points through 106 games), you'll want to see more from Erne in the NHL before turning his way in any fantasy setting. There's some upside, though, so Erne is a player to watch.
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