Blair Jones

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Right Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.03
Weight: 
214
Born: 
09/27/1986
Age: 
27
Hometown: 
Central Butte, SASK
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 4 (#102) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Second line center
Prospect Ranking: 
19
Depth Chart Weight: 
5

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2005
Draft Type: 
NHL Entry Draft
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
4
Pick No.: 
102
Draft Team: 
Moose Jaw (WHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
06/24/2011
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$525 000
Contract Start Year: 
2011
Contract End Year: 
2012
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$525 000

Bio

History: 

Junior Career

Jones was selected in the 6th round, 114th overall, in the 2001 WHL Bantam Draft by the Red Deer Rebels. After spending the 2001-2002 season in bantam, Jones made hos major junior debut with the Rebels in 2002-2003 potting 3 goals with 7 points in 37 games as a rookie. In 2003-2004 he more than quadrupled that modest input with 9 goals and 31 points in 72 games. Entering his draft year in 2004-2005 Jones was rated the 3rd best prospect in the WHL in the NHL Central Scouting Service's preliminary rankings. Jones did not break out as expected though under coach Rich Sutter and after scoring 7 goals and 25 points in 39 games with Red Deer he was dealt at midseason to the Moose Jaw Warriors. Jones ended the year with a total of 14 goals and 50 points in 68 games before having a good playoff run with 2 goals and 7 points in 5 games. By season's end he was ranked the 33rd best skater in North America by the NHL Central Scouting Service and in the summer the Lightning selected him in the 4th round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In the Fall, Jones played well for the Lightning at the 2005 Traverse City prospect tournament notching 2 goals and 4 points in 4 games before returning to Moose Jaw. With the Warriors, was an important cog in their offensive juggernaut. He finished 6th in the WHL in scoring and tied for 5th in assists and was named a Second Team WHL Eastern Conference All Star.

Professional Career

Jones surprised the Lightning front office by being one of the last cuts after a strong training camp in Tampa. Jones was assigned to Springfield of the AHL to begin his rookie season of professional hockey. After a strong opening month to the season with the Falcons, Jones fizzled offensively and finished with 5 goals and 21 points with 36 penalty minutes and a -15 rating. Jones received multiple injury callups during the season and made his NHL debut on November 20th, 2006 in Buffalo. Two nights later in Florida Jones scored his first NHL assist on a Ryan Craig goal in a 6-4 win over the Panthers. Jones scored his first NHL goal on February 6th, 2007 at home against the LA Kings. In 20 games with the Lightning Jones had 1 goal and 3 points with 2 penalty minutes and an even rating. Jones was assigned to Norfolk of the AHL at the start of the 2007-2008 season after a brief stint in Lightning camp. The young center spent most of the season playing around 20 minutes a night for the Admirals in all situations. Jones was recalled briefly in December, and was scoreless and even in 4 games with the Lightning. In an up and down season in Norfolk, Jones finished with 14 goals and 42 points in 75 games with 50 penalty minutes and a -22 rating.

Scouting Report

Strengths: 

Jones has a very good offensive skill-set to go along with a sound recognition of his defensive responsibilities. He passes the puck well, has an above average slapshot, and possesses a heavy wrist shot. A gritty player with good size, Jones doesn’t hesitate to go to high traffic areas or battle along the wall. Jones also likes the physical side of the game and is a tenacious forechecker with a knack for keeping puck possession down low in the offensive zone.

Weaknesses: 

Jones' biggest Achilles heel is his lack of consistency from night to night. Jones has a laid back personality and has fought a reputation throughout his career for not always approaching each game with the same level of intensity. Jones also needs to continue to improve his skating which is only average at best at this juncture.

Projection: 

Jones projects as a third line center with second line upside who can play well in all three zones.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2002-2003 Bethune BlackhawksSBHL- - -- -|        
  Red Deer RebelsWHL37 3 47 17|Playoffs10 1 01
 2003-2004 Red Deer RebelsWHL72 9 2231 55|Playoffs19 1 56 24 
 2004-2005 Red Deer RebelsWHL39 7 1825 48|        
  Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL29 7 1825 30|Playoffs5 2 57
 2005-2006 Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL72 35 5085 85|Playoffs22 9 1221 45 
 2006-2007 Tampa Bay LightningNHL20 1 23 2|        
  Springfield FalconsAHL45 5 1621 36|        
 2007-2008 Tampa Bay LightningNHL4 0 00 0|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL75 14 2842 50|        
 2008-2009 Norfolk AdmiralsAHL80 20 3454 61|        
 2009-2010 Tampa Bay LightningNHL14 0 00 10|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL63 9 2130 27|        
 2010-2011 Tampa Bay LightningNHL18 1 23 2|Playoffs7 0 00
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL57 24 3155 75|Playoffs4 1 01
 2011-2012 Tampa Bay LightningNHL22 2 24 10|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL5 2 24 16|        
  Calgary FlamesNHL21 1 34 8|        
 2012-2013 Calgary FlamesNHL15 0 11 10|        
  Abbotsford HeatAHL21 3 47 23|        
 2013-2014 Calgary FlamesNHL14 2 02 21|        
  Abbotsford HeatAHL38 17 2138 47|Playoffs4 0 11
 2014-2015 Philadelphia FlyersNHL4 0 00 2|        
  Lehigh Valley PhantomsAHL3 0 33 0|        

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