The Lightning assigned Foote (finger) to AHL Syracuse for a conditioning assignment Friday. The 21-year-old defenseman is expected to compete for bottom-pair minutes once activated off injured reserve. It's unclear how many games Foote will require on the conditioning assignment.
Foote (finger) won't be ready to play prior to Saturday's matchup with Colorado but should be considered day-to-day at that point, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Foote logged 35 games for the Lightning last year, recording one goal on 40 shots, two assists and 39 hits while averaging 12:53 of ice time. Once given the green light, the 22-year-old defenseman should be able to challenge Andrej Sustr for a spot in the lineup but won't offer much fantasy value given his limited offensive upside. In order to play, Foote will need to be activated off injured reserve.
Foote underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his pinkie finger and will likely miss the first 2-4 weeks of the season, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Foote is in a good position to establish himself as a semi-regular player for the Lightning this season, but he'll likely have to wait until the calendar flips to November before doing so. The 22-year-old blueliner picked up three points, a plus-9 rating, 39 hits and 29 blocks while averaging 12:53 of ice time through 35 games last campaign.
Foote signed a two-year, $1.7 million contract with the Lightning on Thursday. Foote drew into 35 games with Tampa Bay last season, picking up three points, 40 shots, a plus-9 rating and 39 hits while averaging 12:53 of ice time per contest. The 14th overall pick from the 2017 Entry Draft appears to be on track to be a regular in the Lightning's lineup in 2021-22.
Foote was promoted to the active roster Wednesday, per CapFriendly. Foote will likely be a depth option on defense during the postseason. He made 35 appearances this season, racking up three points, a plus-9 rating, 39 hits, 29 PIM and 40 shots on net as a rookie.
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