TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Junior Lessard from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Dan Jancevski, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced. Lessard has been assigned to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Lessard, 6-feet and 200 pounds, has played in 36 games with the AHL’s Iowa Stars this season. He ranks fourth on the Stars in goals with 10 and points with 21 with six of his goals coming on the power play to lead the team. Lessard is a veteran of 238 AHL games with Iowa and the Houston Aeros. During his career he has recorded 74 goals and 153 points. He has also played in 24 Calder Cup Playoff games with eight goals and 17 points.The 27-year-old led Iowa in goals (27), points (52), power play goals (12) and was tied for third in assists (25) last season. He was also selected to the Canadian AHL All-Star Team during the 2005-06 season and scored the game-winning goal with an assist.He has played in eight career NHL games, all with Dallas, from 2005-08. He has played in two games with Dallas this season and recorded two penalty minutes.The St. Joseph de Beauce, Quebec native won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top collegiate player in 2004 after scoring 32 goals and recording 63 points in 45 games with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He also led the nation in goals and points that year. In 160 games with the Bulldogs he scored 74 goals and recorded 142 points.Lessard signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent on April 15, 2004.
Junior Lessard’s Career Statistics