Tampa Bay Lightning Re-Sign Center Blair Jones
The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed center Blair Jones today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Jones, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, played in 14 games with Tampa Bay last season, recording 10 penalty minutes and averaging a career-high 12:50 in ice time per game. He has appeared in 38 career NHL games with the Lightning, recording a goal and three points.
A native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Jones played in 63 games with the Admirals last season, recording nine goals and 30 points. He was tied for fifth on the team in assists with 21. He represented Norfolk in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game and also won the hardest shot competition, registering a shot of 100.7 mph. Jones set a Norfolk record for shots on goal in a season with 271 in 2008-09, good for third in the AHL.
Jones has played in 263 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Springfield Falcons, recording 48 goals and 147 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.