Tampa Bay Lightning
Syracuse Crunch F Tyler Johnson named MVP of AHL
Syracuse Crunch forward Tyler Johnson was named the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the American Hockey League’s most valuable player for the 2012-13 season, as voted by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 member cities. The Crunch is the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Johnson, 22, is tied for the AHL lead with 33 goals and has 60 points in 60 games for the Crunch heading into the final weekend of the regular season. Syracuse, which has clinched a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs and is bidding for the East Division title, is 37-17-2-4 with Johnson in the lineup this season, but just 4-4-4-1 without him. Johnson, a native of Spokane, Wash., signed with Tampa Bay on Mar. 7, 2011, and made his NHL debut this season, notching three goals and three assists in 14 games with the Lightning.The Lightning’s affiliate has produced consecutive AHL MVPs, as Johnson followed 2011-12 winner Cory Conacher.