LIGHTNING RECALL CENTER BLAIR JONES FROM NORFOLK OF THE AHL
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled center Blair Jones from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Jones, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, has skated in 26 games with the Admirals this season, recording six goals, 13 assists and 23 penalty minutes. He leads the Admirals in shots with 77 while ranking third on the team in goals and points.
Selected by the Lightning in the fourth round, 102nd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Jones made his NHL debut with the team last season and recorded a goal, two assists and two penalty minutes in 20 games. He appeared in his first NHL game on November 20, 2006 against the Buffalo Sabres, and scored his first NHL goal against the Los Angeles Kings on February 6, 2007. He made his professional debut with Springfield of the AHL last season, recording five goals and 16 assists in 45 games.
Jones, 21, played in 249 career games in the WHL with Moose Jaw and the Red Deer Rebels. He scored 61 goals and handed out 112 assists during his junior career. He appeared in 56 playoff games and scored 13 goals while tallying 35 points. His team made the postseason in each of his four WHL seasons.
Jones was selected by the Lightning in the fourth round, 102nd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.