Jackson Leppard is making most of his opportunity. The 18-year-old forward is one of 62-players taking part in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Training Camp this week. Leppard is one of 37-forwards named to the Lightning’s camp, which is based in Brandon, Florida. Leppard originally was named to the Lightning’s Rookie Tournament team that played against Nashville and Washington in Estero, Florida, last week. Clearly, Leppard had a strong showing to earn a spot at the team’s NHL Training Camp.
Leppard wasn’t drafted in June at the 2018 NHL Draft but he certainly isn’t letting them deter him, as he’s impressed the brass in Tampa Bay enough to earn a spot with the NHL’ers. Last season, Leppard set career highs in goals (15), assists (21) and points (36) in 68 games in his sophomore season. The Cougars are hoping big things out of the left-winger in the 2018-19 season and hopefully his experience in Florida will only add that much more fuel to the fire.