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
Drew Shore, jr, f, Florida Panthers
Jason Zucker, so, f, Minnesota Wild
J.T. Brown, so, f, Tampa Bay Lightning
Terry Broadhurst, jr, f, Chicago Blackhawks
St. Cloud State (1)
David Eddy, jr, f, Calgary Flames