26-Year-Old Right Wing – Tampa Bay Lightning
J.T. Brown Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract extension with the Lightning in June of 2016.
Brown (upper body) will return to Tampa Bay's lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Brown is the kind of bottom-six, energy forward that every team desires. He skates with high intensity on every shift and plays a whole lot bigger than his 5-foot-10, 172-pound frame. His offensive upside is ultimately limited, but he does have enough of a playmaker's mentality to fill in on the second-line for short spurts. The Bolts and coach Jon Cooper will count on him for important minutes, but don't count on him to make a fantasy impact for your squad.
Brown is a former NCAA free agent signed by the Bolts. He struggled in the AHL last season, in large part because of a slow recovery from a broken collarbone. The playmaker will need more time in the minors to grow his game, but he'll likely be a regular in a year. He won't ever be an offensive wizard, but he will one day bounce between the second and third lines. And maybe even top the 55-point mark.
Maybe Brown will buck the odds -- there just aren't that many college free agents who turn into consistent offensive performers in the NHL. He's probably better suited, though, as a third-line sparkplug who can pound the opposition and possibly chip in 10-12 goals. The Bolts' wings are thin among the bottom six so he has a shot at a big-league job this fall. But his fantasy impact will be slim.