TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Scott Jackson to a one-year, two-way contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Jackson, 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, played in 68 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League last season, recording a goal and five points with a plus-13 rating. He was tied for sixth among all Norfolk defensemen for plus/minus and also served as alternate captain for road games from December 17 until the end of the season. Jackson also made his professional playoffs debut with the Admirals, skating in six games during the Calder Cup Playoffs.
A native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Jackson has played in 174 career AHL games, all with Norfolk, registering two goals and 24 points with a career plus-18 rating. In 2009-10 he set career highs with 72 games played, 14 assists and 15 points. Jackson has also played in one career NHL game, April 11, 2010 at Florida, with the Lightning.
Jackson played in 326 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League before joining the professional ranks, ranking him third all-time in Thunderbirds history. During that time he recorded 23 goals and 119 points. Jackson was named Seattle’s Defenseman of the Year as well as the Scholastic Player of the Year in 2003-04.
The 24-year-old was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round, 37th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The Lightning signed Jackson to an entry-level contract on July 3, 2008.