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Tyler Johnson
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Born July 29, 1990 (1990-07-29) (age 29)
Spokane, Washington
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present

Tyler Johnson (born July 29, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey player who is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

JuniorEdit

Tyler was selected by the Spokane Chiefs with their 11th-round pick in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft.

In his first season with this team in 2007–08, he appeared in 69 regular season games, scoring 13 goals and 29 assists. The Chiefs won the Ed Chynoweth Cup that season as the league's champions.

The Chiefs subsequently earned a berth in the 2008 Memorial Cup, where they defeated the Kitchener Rangers by a score of 4–1.

Tyler played in all 21 playoff games, scoring five goals and adding three assists. He was named the WHL playoffs' "Most Valuable Player" as a 17-year-old rookie.

In the 2008–09 season, he played in 62 games, scoring 26 goals and 35 assists for 61 points and adding another five goals and three assists in 12 playoff games. The 2009–10 season saw Johnson's numbers improve, as he tallied 36 goals and 35 assists in 64 games. He also added three goals and five assists in seven playoff games.

Tyler's 2010–11 season proved to be his best yet as he became the 15th Chiefs' member of all-time to hit the century mark (100 points), with 53 goals and 62 assists, making him the leading goal scorer and second-leading points scorer in the WHL.

He ultimately finished the season with career highs in goals (53), assists (62) and points (115), while also leading the team in power play and shorthanded goals and ranking third with a plus-27 ranking.

Tyler was named Player of the Month for the WHL for December 2010. He was also voted as the Best Overage Player, Top Defensive Forward, Best Skater, and Top Faceoff Man, second in Most Valuable to Team, and third in Most Accurate Shot in the Best of the West 2011 poll.

ProfessionalEdit

In March of 2011, Tyler signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. His smaller size is known to be the reason he went undrafted.

He played the 2011–12 season with the Norfolk Admirals, the Lightning's top American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. In March, he went on a 13-game scoring streak, including back-to-back two goal games, the longest streak by an AHL rookie in more than six years. This streak helped him earn the Reebok/AHL Player of the Month award for March 2012.

Tyler was a key player in the Norfolk Admirals record winning streak of 28 games, which is a professional hockey league record. He was also a key player in Norfolk's first ever Calder Cup that season.

In the 2012–13 season, Tyler would play the majority his time with Lightning's new AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

He would go on to lead the AHL in goals scored and named the regular season MVP. At the end of the season, he was awarded the President's Award for outstanding accomplishments on the ice.

Tyler and the Syracuse Crunch went on to go to the finals and would eventually lose to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

On March 14, 2013, he was called up by the Lightning and made his NHL debut against the New York Islanders. He would score his first NHL goal in his second game on March 16 against the Carolina Hurricanes.[14]

In his rookie NHL season with the Lightning in the 2013–14 season, Tyler established himself on Tampa Bay's top offensive line and finished the season with 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points in 82 games.

He was selected as a nominee for the Calder Memorial Trophy, but the award went to Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche even though he was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

The following season, 2014–15, Tyler followed up his breakout season in the NHL by scoring 29 goals and 43 assists for a total of 72 points in 77 games with the Lightning, finishing 15th overall in points in the League.

He also finished third in the NHL in plus-minus rating of +33 for the season, also being chosen for the 2014–15 NHL All-Star Game.

On April 27, 2015, during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, Tyler became the first player in Lightning history to record three multi-goal games in a single playoff series. He also tied Ruslan Fedotenko for the Lightning single series goals record, with six.

On May 20, 2015, he tied Ruslan Fedotenko for most post-season goals in Lightning history.

On May 18, 2015, Tyler became the first Lightning player to score a hat-trick in the playoffs, as well as the first to score a short-handed and power play goal in a single playoff period. He also set the Lightning multi-goal game record for the playoffs with his fourth of the 2015 playoffs.

On June 6, 2015, Tyler scored his 13th goal of the playoffs, the highest output in a single playoff year by a Tampa Bay player.

Early in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals, Tyler suffered a broken wrist, but he continued to play through the injury. However, this prevented him from taking faceoffs, and limited his production to just one goal.

On November 15, 2016, he recorded his 100th career NHL assist. The assist came in a 4-3 Lightning win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

On February 19, 2017, he recorded his 200th career NHL point against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

On February 23, 2017, Tyler played in his 300th career NHL game.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08 Spokane Chiefs WHL 69 13 22 35 34 21 5 3 8 24
2008–09 Spokane Chiefs WHL 62 26 35 61 52 12 5 3 8 8
2009–10 Spokane Chiefs WHL 64 36 35 71 32 7 3 5 8 0
2010–11 Spokane Chiefs WHL 71 53 62 115 48 14 7 7 14 9
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 75 31 37 68 28 14 6 8 14 6
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 62 37 28 65 34 18 10 11 21 18
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 14 3 3 6 4
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 24 26 50 26 4 1 1 2 0
2014–15 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 77 29 43 72 24 26 13 10 23 24
2015–16 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 69 14 24 38 20 17 7 10 17 12
2016–17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 66 19 26 45 28
NHL totals 308 89 122 211 102 47 21 21 42 36

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WJC 4th 6 1 0 1 2
2010 United States WJC Template:Goca 7 3 2 5 25
2014 United States WC 6th 8 6 3 9 2
Junior totals 13 4 2 6 27
Senior totals 8 6 3 9 2

International PlayEdit

Medal record
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World Junior Championships
Gold 2010 Saskatchewan

Tyler has also excelled in international competition, helping the United States to the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Canada, recording three goals and five points with a plus-4 rating in seven games.

He was named player of the game in their first round game against Canada.

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
WHL
Playoff MVP 2008
WHL Champion 2008
Memorial Cup (Spokane Chiefs) 2008
West First All-Star Team 2011
Most Goals (53) 2011
Brad Hornung Trophy 2011
West Player of the Year 2011
AHL
All-Rookie Team 2012
Calder Cup (Norfolk Admirals) 2012
First All-Star Team 2013
All-Star Game 2013
Willie Marshall Award 2013
Les Cunningham Award 2013
President's Award 2013
NHL
All-Rookie Team 2014
NHL All-Star Game 2015
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