With the Tigers
Tyler Lewington was a "late bloomer" as an undrafted free agent that the Tigers listed and invited to camp as a 17 yr old where he only appeared in 44 games during his first season.
Lewington benefited from having a "late birthday". NHL prospects born from September 15th to December 31st, their first year of NHL draft eligibility falls into their "18 yr old season". Everyone else has their draft year in their 17 yr old season.
In his 18 yr old season he made a big jump only missing 3 games and put up 26 points, a +14 rating as well as 131 PM's.
Lewington was the 66th overall ranked North American skater in 2013 by NHL Central Scouting,
In the NHL Combine he blew away all other prospects destroying the competition and finishing first in the Bench Press, Push-ups, push strength, and pull-strength categories
The Washington Capitals Came calling and with their 7th round pick they selected Lewington going #204 overall in the 2013 draft.
Lewington had an amazing camp with the capitals prior to the season starting. He was noted as being very physical and a standout among their blue-line prospects.
Washington was noted as making a "bona fida" offer over last summer to retain his rights. Washington had strong depth on the back-end and their was no room for him in their system this season. Whether it was a mutual decision or good advice from his agent Lewinton did not sign on their "bona fida" offer and went back to the Tigers for his overage season.
He has been one of the Tigers most consistent defenceman this season proving a solid physical 2 way game.
Congratulations Tyler Lewington on signing an NHL Contract!