The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned center Blair Jones to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.
Jones, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, has played in 14 games with Tampa Bay this season, recording 10 penalty minutes and averaging 12:50 in ice time per game. He has appeared in 38 career NHL games with the Lightning, recording a goal and three points. Jones has played in 226 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Springfield Falcons, recording 45 goals and 136 points.
A native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Jones has played in 26 games with the Admirals this season, recording six goals and 19 points. At the time of his recall on December 10, Jones led the Admirals in assists and was second in plus/minus rating with a plus-10 as well as in points. Last season Jones set a Norfolk record for shots on goal in a season with 271, good for third in the AHL. Currently he is third on the team in assists and tied for fourth in points.
Jones played his junior hockey in the WHL with Moose Jaw and Red Deer. He played in 249 junior games, recording 61 goals and 112 assists. He was selected by the Lightning in the fourth round, 102nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.