Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Young Free Agent Defenseman

The Tampa Bay Lightning made several noteworthy moves, fortifying their roster with international talent and securing a key re-signing.

In a busy day of transactions, the Lightning added two European players and inked defenseman Sean Day to a new contract.

Among the acquisitions is Norwegian defenseman Emil Martinsen Lilleberg.

Lilleberg, a 22-year-old blueliner, brings an imposing physical presence at 6'2" and 192 pounds. Despite his limited offensive production in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), he has shown promise and potential.

Having previously been drafted by the Arizona Coyotes, Lilleberg became a free agent, presenting an opportunity for him to make his mark with the Lightning.

If he succeeds, Lilleberg could become the first Norwegian player to don the Lightning jersey and join the exclusive ranks of just seven Norwegian players in NHL history.

Selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the fourth round of the 2021 NHL Draft, Lilleberg became a free agent and seized the opportunity to join the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. His signing not only adds depth to their defensive lineup but also signifies the Lightning's commitment to scouting and developing talent from diverse backgrounds.

Lilleberg's potential has been further highlighted by his representation of Norway in the World Championships, where he has accumulated valuable international experience. Photo Credit:  Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports