Erne scored two goals in Friday's 5-1 preseason win over the Predators. He got the Bolts off to a quick start, lighting the lamp twice before the midway mark in the first period. Erne has only six goals and an assist in 49 games with Tampa over the last two seasons, but the 23-year-old power forward could yet develop into a consistent sniper. The first step will be winning a consistent spot in the game-day lineup.
Erne (lower body) will be in the lineup against the Hurricanes on Wednesday. Erne saw action in just 23 games last season, tallying three goals and one assist while averaging just 10:07 of ice time. The winger needs to stave off challenges from Andy Andreoff and Alexander Volkov, but he should still have the inside track for a spot on the fourth line in Tampa.
Erne (lower body) signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Erne's new deal is a one-way contract, which means he likely won't be spending as much time in the minors as he did last year. In total, the winger appeared in 41 contests for the Crunch during the previous campaign, in which he snagged 12 goals, 14 helpers and 38 PIM. With the Lightning, the 23-year-old saw action in 23 contests on his way to four points, 29 shots and 37 hits, while averaging 10:07 of ice time. Considering Ryan Callahan (shoulder) will be sidelined until at least November, Erne could have a shot at a consistent spot in the lineup in his absence.
Erne (lower body) received a qualifying offer from the Lightning on Monday. The Bolts get first right of refusal or a draft pick in compensation if Erne inks an offer sheet with another club. Erne has played parts of the last two seasons with the Bolts, but he struggled with injury this year. He did not play in any playoff games this season.
Erne (lower body) was unable to get back to 100 percent before the end of the Lightning's season. Erne's last appearance came March 26, as he missed the entirety of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Even if healthy, the winger may not have had a spot in the lineup given the emergence of Anthony Cirelli. Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, the 23-year-old will likely split time between the NHL and AHL once again.
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