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Lightning sign 2009 first-round pick Ashton

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TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning signed right wing Carter Ashton to a standard three-year entry level contract Friday.

"We are extremely pleased to get Carter under contract today," GM Brian Lawton said. "He showed during training camp and the preseason exactly why we traded up to get him in the draft. He fits nicely with our goal of bringing in some young, talented forwards that aren’t afraid to play in the greasy areas."
 
Ashton, 6-foot-3, 207 pounds, played in three games with the Lightning this preseason, scoring 1 goal. Last season he scored 30 goals and 20 assists with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League. Ashton led the Hurricanes in goals and power-play goals with 10 while ranking fifth in points. He also played in 11 playoff games, recording 1 goal and 2 assists.
 
Ashton was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round, 29th pick, of the 2009 Entry Draft.

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