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Prospect Adam Erne has big day at world junior evaluation camp

The Lightning made Adam Erne, right, the 33rd overall draft pick in June.

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The Lightning made Adam Erne, right, the 33rd overall draft pick in June.



Lightning prospect Adam Erne had a big day at USA Hockey's world junior championship evaluation camp with a goal, an assist and the decisive shootout goal in the United States' 4-3 victory over Finland.

Better yet, he did it in front of Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who was watching at Lake Placid, N.Y.

"Smart with the puck," Yzerman wrote in a text message about Erne's game. "Scored a nice power-play goal to tie the game in the third and then two nice ones in the shootout."

Erne, 18, drafted No. 33 overall in June, tied the game 3-3 7:24 into the third period. He also assisted on Mike Brodzinski's power-play goal 65 seconds earlier as the United States overcame a 3-1 deficit. Erne, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound left wing, then scored twice in the seven-round shootout, including the winner.

Erne actually took three turns during the shootout.

"(Coach Don Lucia) said, 'Who wants to go?'" Erne told reporters in Lake Placid. "Nobody said anything, so I said, 'I'll go.'"

The evaluation camp, in which 44 players were invited, is the first step toward determining the team that will participate in the 2014 world championship in Sweden.

The United States is 1-1-0, including an opening 4-0 loss to Sweden. Yzerman saw that game, too, and wrote about Erne in his two games, he "played reasonably well."

Defenseman and Lightning prospect Dylan Blujus also was invited to the U.S. camp, but was cut.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 4:24pm]


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