Blair Jones
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Blair Jones

Hometown:

Craik Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-09-27

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2005

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Trade with Tampa Bay, 2012

Weight:

215 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2003-04: Blair Jones played in his first full season with Red Deer in the WHL after appearing in 37 games with the Rebels in 2002-03. He scored 9 goals with 22 assists and was -12 with 55 PIM. Jones scored four goals on the power play. In the playoffs, he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -2 with 24 PIM in 19 games as the Rebels reached the Eastern Conference finals against Medicine Hat.

2004-05: Jones was involved in an early season trade from Red Deer to Moose Jaw. Prior to the trade, he was an important part of the team’s offense with Dion Phaneuf sidelined by an injury. He anchored the power play and played alongside Colin Fraser and Roman Wick on the top forward unit. In 39 games with the Rebels, he scored 7 goals with 18 assists and was +9 with 48 PIM. He had the exact same offensive totals (7 goals, 18 assists) with Moose Jaw in ten fewer games though his plus/minus dipped a bit with the middling Warriors. Jones finished the season with 14 goals, 36 assists and +10 with 78 PIM in 68 games between the two teams. In five games in the WHL playoffs, Jones led Moose Jaw in scoring with 2 goals with 5 assists and was -1 with 8 PIM as the Warriors fell to eventual Eastern Conference playoff champion Brandon.

2005-06: Jones had a breakout season in his first full season with Moose Jaw as the Warriors captured the Eastern division regular season title and advanced to the WHL finals against Vancouver. Jones scored 35 goals (14 on the power play) with 50 assists and was +26 with 85 PIM in 72 games for the Warriors during the regular season. In the playoffs, he was one of the top scorers for Moose Jaw, scoring 9 goals with 12 assists and was +9 with 45 PIM.

2006-07: Jones made his NHL debut in November in a game against Buffalo and split the season between the Lightning and their AHL affiliate Springfield. Jones scored his first NHL goal in a 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles in February and finished with 1 goal 2 assists and 2 PIM with an even plus/minus in mostly checking line duty in 20 games with Tampa Bay. In 45 games with Springfield, he scored 5 goals with 16 assists and was -15 with 36 PIM on a Falcons team that was last in the Atlantic Division.

2007-08: Jones spent the bulk of his second pro season with the Lightning's new AHL affiliate in Norfolk. In a brief four-game call-up in December, he averaged less than two minutes of ice-time with the Lightning. As the top-line center with the Admirals, Jones saw plenty of ice time and scored 14 goals with 28 assists in 78 games and was -22 with 50 PIM on another last-placed AHL club.

2008-09: Jones spent all of his third pro season with Norfolk and was the second-leading scorer on a slightly-improved Admirals club that missed the playoffs. Jones scored 20 goals with 34 assists and was -13 with 54 PIM in 80 games. Jones scored 8 of his 20 goals on the power play.

2009-10: Jones saw consistent ice-time with the Lightning during a 14-game, mid-season call-up and had a much-improved plus/minus rating in 63 AHL games with Norfolk. With Tampa Bay, Jones was mostly in a checking role and had no points with 10 PIM and a -5 plus/minus. In 63 games with the Admirals, he scored 9 goals with 20 assists and was even plus/minus with 27 PIM. Jones was signed to a two-way contract by the Lightning in July.

 

Talent Analysis

Jones has added bulk to his frame since his days of junior hockey and has the strength to be a power forward at the NHL level but he doesn't play a particularly physical game. He has a powerful shot and decent skills but has not been the consistent scorer at the pro level that he was in junior hockey. In fairness to him, he has never played on a playoff-calibre team. Jones has been a consistent, if non-descript forward for the Lightning organization at the AHL level.