2004-05: Drafted by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the 2004 USHL Entry Draft, but was cut by the team in tryouts. Played for the Des Moines Buccaneers and scored 10 goals and 12 assists in 52 games, eighth in Buccaneers scoring.
2005-06: After a summer of hard work in the gym, Lewis returned stronger. He finished second in USHL scoring with 35 goals and 40 assists in 56 games. Lewis led the league in shots with 236, was second in power play goals (13), shorthanded goals (6), and game-winning goals (7), and fourth in plus/minus with a +25 rating. In so doing, Lewis was named the USHL Player of the Year, the USHL Forward of the Year, and a member of the All-USHL First Team. The USHL also named Lewis the recipient of the Curt Hammer Award, given to the USHL player who best combines character on and off the ice as well as skill. Along the way, Lewis played for Team USA at the Viking Cup in Camrose, Alberta, and scored 3 goals and 5 assists in 6 games, as Team USA won the bronze. Lewis also played for Team East at the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game. Lewis finished second in the Fastest Skater competition with a lap of 14.84.
2006-07: Lewis enjoyed an impressive season with Owen Sound of the OHL. He would finish fifth in the league among rookie scorers with 73 points in 62 games and a pair of assists in the All-star Classic. At the conclusion of the Owen Sound season, Lewis moved his game to the professional ranks and joined Manchester towards the end of their season. Lewis immediately impressed with four goals and six points in eight games but was used sparingly during the playoffs.
2007-08: Lewis did not show the offensive numbers in Manchester that had been hoped for from someone with as much skill as him. He skated as the center on the second line for most of the season. His skating skills, both straight-line speed and maneuverability, were more than noticeable this season, but he struggled to find the back of the net, having scored only 12 goals in a full season.
2008-09: Unable to find the back of the net during the 2007-08 season despite demonstrating top skating ability, Lewis turned the page and came into his own this season. He increased his point total with Manchester from 28 to 51 and got his first taste of the NHL, scoring his first career goal and two assists in six games.
2009-10: Lewis battled injuries during the season, posting 5 goals and 2 assists in 23 games for the Mancester Monarchs and also making 5 appearances for the Kings in the NHL. In the Monarchs playoff run he posted 5 goals and 4 assists in 16 games.
The biggest strength of Lewis’ game is his speed. Lewis has excellent top speed, but he also has good agility and acceleration. Also making Lewis dangerous offensively is his offensive awareness. Lewis does a good job of utilizing teammates and finding the open man. When shooting the puck himself, Lewis has a hard and accurate shot.
Like most top centers, Lewis is reliable defensively and was a regular on the Des Moines penalty kill in 2005-06. His speed, defensive awareness, and hustle make him an excellent penalty killer who can even create offense shorthanded. At 6’1, 192 pounds, Lewis has the size and speed to make good hits on the forecheck. He doesn’t hunt for hits, but he finishes his checks.
Long term, Lewis could become a second line NHL forward, but the odds may be more likely that he becomes a third line forward who uses his speed on the forecheck but has the skill to contribute offensively and fill in on higher lines if needed. Even if regulated to third line duty, Lewis is talented enough to be one of the best third line forwards in all of the NHL.