The Lightning placed Colton on the taxi squad Thursday, per CBS Sports. Colton made his NHL debut in Wednesday's win over the Hurricanes, earning his first career goal across 7:52 of ice time. He'll revert back to the taxi squad, being replaced by Gemel Smith on the active roster.
Colton centered the fourth line in Wednesday's morning skate and is expected to be promoted from the taxi squad to make his NHL debut Wednesday against the Hurricanes, Jay Recher of 95.3 WDAE Radio reports. Colton has showcased some scoring touch at the AHL level, with three points in three games with AHL Syracuse this season on the heels of a 42-point campaign over 62 games there last year. The New Jersey native's ice time is expected to be limited, but a strong debut effort could convince the Lightning to keep him in the lineup moving forward.
Colton was promoted to the taxi squad from AHL Syracuse on Sunday, per CBS Sports. Colton is still a long shot to make the active roster at any point in 2020-21. The 24-year-old will serve as forward depth while earning practice time with the big club.
Colton was reassigned to the Crunch of the AHL on Monday. The 24-year-old playmaker has yet to make his NHL debut after two full seasons in the AHL. Colton took his game to a new level in 2019-20, but he's evidently still not ready for primetime.
Colton signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning on Saturday, per CapFriendly.com. The Vermont product has compiled 25 goals and 73 points in 128 games over the last two seasons with AHL Syracuse. Colton will likely continue with the Bolts' minor-league affiliate in 2020-21. He has yet to make his NHL debut.
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