Brown picks Tampa Bay

Minnesota-Duluth sophomore forward J.T. Brown has signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Wednesday night.

Brown went undrafted and was one of the most coveted free agents this offseason. He will likely make his NHL debut before the end of the season.

Brown had 24 goals and 47 points this season and finished his career with 84 points in 81 career games.

Minnesota-Duluth will have to replace its top three scorers and four of its top five scorers next season.

Six WCHA players have turned pro early this offseason.

Early signings in the WCHA

Colorado College (1)
Jaden Schwartz, soph, f, St. Louis Blues

Denver (2)
Drew Shore, jr, f, Florida Panthers
Jason Zucker, so, f, Minnesota Wild

Minnesota-Duluth (1)
J.T. Brown, so, f, Tampa Bay Lightning

Nebraska-Omaha (1)
Terry Broadhurst, jr, f, Chicago Blackhawks

St. Cloud State (1)
David Eddy, jr, f, Calgary Flames

7 thoughts on “Brown picks Tampa Bay

  1. I hate this time of year. It is okay, in a way i guess, to see other schools have their high end players leave. But this also means that we are probably looking at having a couple of guys leave. Not fun. ndgoon… has some comments from a NY Isles guy saying that they are ready for Brock Nelson when ever he wants to come, but they are not pressuring him. If UND could hold onto their top players for the full term, wow! it could be crazy and we could be talking about taking home number 12 rather than 8.

  2. These kids come to college to move on to the NHL. While it’s tough being a fan and seeing a conveyer belt year after year, we need to remember that some kids choose college as their ultimate goal, but the vast majority choose college as a stepping stone to get to their ultimate goal, the NHL. I’d much rather see a college kid leave after two years rather than seeing them choose another league like Miller did. I certainly hope Danny, Brock, Andrew and Aaron stick around, but it is what it is…
    BEST OF LUCK J.T., Jaden, Drew, Jason, Terry and David! Give it your best shot!

  3. These departures are making me pretty astounded at just how good that sophomore class really is in the WCHA. We still have yet to hear from (arguably) the two best players from that class (excluding Schwartz), in Nelson and Bjugstad. Zengerle, Haula, Schmidt, Matt White, heck even Nick Shore all have tough choices on their hands, too! It’s pretty phenomenal to see a class of sophomores have such an astounding year.

    Brad, any word on Rylan Schwartz trying to follow in his little brother’s footsteps and head towards the NHL?

  4. I expect a mass exodus of players for the pros every summer, but I’ve been surprised by the number of players making immediate decisions this year. It seems like there are always a handful of players who jump ship within the first few weeks, and the majority hem and haw for half the summer. It’s only a week or two out, and the WCHA already has 6 players gone.

  5. Boy if everyone sticks around with the Sioux we will be on top. Im glad no one from UND haven’t left yet!! Maybe with them seeing all these other good players leave they will stay knowing they have a better shot of going all the way!!! GO SIOUX!!

  6. What this really shows is how good the talent is in college hockey. You wouldn’t have seen this in the past because the talent wasn’t as good, or as deep. Good luck to all those who move on. Let’s just keep the quality of college hockey as high as it has been lately. We will always get our chances to excel. Go Sioux.

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