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Lightning recall Jones, Lashoff from Norfolk Admirals

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Blair Jones and defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. 
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 62 games with the Admirals this season, recording nine goals and 29 points.  He is tied for fourth on the team in assists with 20. Last season Jones set a Norfolk record for shots on goal in a season with 271, good for third in the AHL.
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.
Lashoff, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, has played in two games with the Lightning this season, averaging 10:16 in ice time.  He was recently reassigned to Norfolk on Saturday, April 3.  He has skated in 68 games with the Admirals this season, recording eight goals and 24 points. He is second on the team among defensemen in goals, assists and points.

A native of East Greenbush, New York, Lashoff has played in 60 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and the Boston Bruins. During that time he has amassed one goal and 15 points. Last season he posted career highs in assists and points. Lashoff has played in 234 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Providence Bruins, recording 34 goals and 119 points. He was named a starter in the 2008 AHL All-Star Game and also played in the 2007 game. Lashoff was also named to the 2006-07 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Lashoff was acquired by Tampa Bay with Martins Karsums from Boston in exchange for RW Mark Recchi and a second-round pick in 2010 on March 4, 2009. He was originally drafted by the Bruins in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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