The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward James Wright
to a three-year entry-level contract today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
Wright, 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, has played in three games with the Lightning this preseason, recording two assists with a plus-2 rating. He is currently tied for seventh on the team in preseason scoring and tied for third in plus/minus.
A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Wright has played the previous four seasons with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. He has amassed 39 goals and 95 points in 181 career games played. Wright has also appeared in 37 career playoff games, recording seven goals and 15 points.
Wright had a career year with the Giants in 2008-09, posting career bests with 21 goals, 26 assists and 47 points in 71 games. He ranked fifth on the team in goals and eighth in points.
Attending his first Lightning training camp this season, Wright was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 117th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.