Gritty power forward who is capable of contributing offensively at times.
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July 2018 – The fringe winger signed a one-year, one-way extension coming off of his ELC, taking a slight pay-cut and coming in at an even $800k. Erne will require waivers in order to be demoted to the Crunch this season, so he could end up in a Josh Leivo-esque situation with the Lightning for the time being. The extension indicates that the Lightning are holding out some amount of hope that Erne could become a steady, low-cost, bottom-six producer in the coming years, while leaving more valuable ice time open for the top prospects to earn. Brayden Olafson
March 2018 – In what should have been a statement season for the third-year pro, Erne has continued along the same path which he’s marched the last two seasons in the AHL. Along with the even-keel type of production, there has been steady competition from rookies who have quickly bypassed the former second-round pick and thus earned NHL ice time ahead of him as well. In a smaller sample size than a season ago, Erne has totaled three goals with the Lightning, while averaging around 10 minutes of ice time per game. At this point in his career, and with the other options at Yzerman’s disposal, Erne is appearing to be more of a fringe/depth NHLer than an impact player, disappointing as an early second-round pick. Brayden Olafson
September 2017 – Erne made a strong case for earning a roster spot with the Lighting during the 2017 training camp, but ultimately came up short. Offensively, he did everything in his power to prove that he was worthy of a spot, and in all likelihood, proved he was worthy of being a top-3 recall for the club. Erne remains a solid prospect in the Lightning system, but his two-way contract that expires next July makes him an easier roster cut than some other depth options. When Kunitz and Brown expire in July, Erne will be in search of a one-way d