Bolts Recall Dana Tyrell; Reassign Blair Jones
TAMPA BAY â€“ The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned forward Blair Jones to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. On Wednesday, Yzerman recalled forward Dana Tyrell from the Admirals.
Tyrell, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, has played in all 18 games for the Admirals this season, recording four goals and nine points with a plus-3 rating. He is tied for fifth on the team for goals. Tyrell made his NHL debut last season, skating in 78 games while recording six goals and 15 points. He ranked fifth among league rookie forwards last season in blocked shots with 33 and led all Lightning first-year players for goals, assists, points, hits (47) and takeaways (21). Tyrell also made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2011, appearing in four games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against the Pittsburgh Penguins before being injured. He returned to play in three games of the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins.
A native of Airdrie, Alberta, Tyrell played in 240 career junior games with the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. During his career at Prince George he amassed 81 goals and 179 points. Tyrell was selected to the 2009 Canadian World Junior Championship squad but was hurt in an exhibition game against Sweden.
Tyrell was selected by the Lightning in the second round, 47th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Jones, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has played in 10 games with the Lightning this season, recording one assist. He logged a season-high 11:12 in ice time October 22 vs. the Buffalo Sabres. Jones has appeared in 66 career NHL games, notching two goals and seven points.
A native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Jones has played in 319 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Springfield Falcons, recording 72 goals and 202 points. He represented Norfolk in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game, winning the hardest shot competition that year with a shot of 100.7 mph.
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.