Lightning’s Tyler Johnson an unexpected rookie star

Tyler Johnson thought about exploring options outside hockey a few years ago but stuck with the dream.

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Thanks to his standout play, the whispers have grown louder in recent weeks. But the fact he’s part of the Tampa Bay Lightning at all is a testament to his resilience in a sport where it’s easy to become fatigued.  

The chatter about his potential has only begun, and those whispers will gain volume with more surprises he delivers. The destination is everything he thought it would be. By now, the resilience has become his reward.

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