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Tampa Bay Lightning lock up Syracuse Crunch star Alex Barre-Boulet

Forward Alex Barre-Boulet has been one of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s best prospects the past three seasons, and on Friday he was rewarded for that.

The Lightning have signed Barre-Boulet to a three-year contract worth $758,333 average annual vaule. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal, and the second and third years are one way.

Barre-Boulet, 24, skated in 15 games with the Lightning last season, posting three goals and 26 shots on goal. He made his NHL debut on Feb. 22 against the Carolina Hurricanes and scored his first career NHL goal on April 25 against Columbus.

He also skated in 10 games for the Syracuse Crunch in 2020-21, posting eight goals and 12 points. Barre-Boulet registered at least one point in each AHL game last season, which included a five-game goal streak.

Barre-Boulet has appeared in 144 career AHL games, all with the Crunch over the past three seasons, posting 69 goals and 136 points to go along with 40 penalty minutes. Barre-Boulet represented the Crunch at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic, leading Syracuse for goals (27) and points (56) during the 2019-20 season. He won AHL Rookie of the Year for the 2018-19 season, posting a league-best 34 goals, while ranking sixth for points with 68.