The Lightning added to its prospect pool by signing Jimmy Huntington on Friday.
The 20-year-old is playing in with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and has 38 goals and 83 points in 60 games. Huntington, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound forward, is fifth in the QMJHL in goals and sixth in points this season.
Tampa Bay signed Huntington to a three-year, entry-level contract, which starts next year.
The Lightning has a strong track record identifying prospects, particularly through the QMJHL. Eight players on the roster played in the Q (Louis Domingue, Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde, Mathieu Joseph, Nikita Kucherov, Danick Martel, Ondrej Palat, Cédric Paquette). The Crunch have five more players, including last year’s Canadian Hockey League player of the year Alex Barré-Boulet. Tampa Bay has also signed Gabriel Fortier, still playing in the Q.