We’d like to wish a big happy birthday to Lightning forward Alex Killorn as he turns 27 today!
Killorn is the longest tenured Bolt in the organization. He was drafted in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in the 3rd round out of Deerfield Academy where he had scored 32 points in 25 games at the high school level. He spent another year at Deerfield serving as Captain putting up 55 points in 24 games.
Being the smart man that he is, Killorn committed to and enrolled at Harvard University. Over his four years at Harvard, he had 14, 20, 29 and 46 points. Having completed his NCAA eligibility, Killorn signed an entry level contract with the Lightning and began his professional career in 2011-12 after Harvard’s season finished.
Killorn had 6 points in 10 games before the Norfolk Admirals finished their season. He then added 12 points in 17 playoff games on their way to winning the Calder Trophy as AHL champions. The 2012-13 season began with a lockout and Killorn began in Syracuse with the Crunch. He put up 38 points in 44 games and earned his way on to Tampa Bay’s roster during the post-lockout mini-training camp where he added another 19 points in 38 games. Since then, he has added 119 points over 234 games for the Lightning.
Alex Killorn has shown himself to be a versatile, complementary forward that is capable of playing up and down the line up. He has enough speed to play in the top six and complement more skilled players while generating space for his linemates and digging pucks out of the corners. He’s also defensively sound and can take on opposing teams top lines on a more defensive minded line.
Killorn is signed through the 2022-23 season for $4.45 million per year. He’s the longest tenured Bolt and likely to retain that title for some time to come.