J.T. Brown, the prized college free agent signed this week by the Lightning, will make his NHL debut tonight when the Winnipeg Jets visit Tampa Bay.
Last June, Brown pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident at a bar in Duluth, Minn. "You're responsible for the actions you do," said Brown, who will be sentenced next July. "You've got to learn from it and go from there and hope for the best." The Lightning, which said it was aware of Brown's situation, is expecting the best from the forward it signed to a two-year, two-way contract and who makes his debut tonight against the Jets at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. "We think he's a really good prospect," general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We think he's going to have a long NHL career." Brown, 21, son of former Vikings running back Ted Brown, led Minnesota-Duluth this season with 24 goals and had 40 and 84 points in 80 games in two seasons.
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