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Lightning Recall Harju from Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced they recalled forward Johan Harju from the Admirals today. Desjardins joins the Lightning with the Admirals on a break until December 26.

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has played in seven games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and two points. He notched his first NHL point on December 4 against Colorado with an assist and followed that up with his first goal December 7 at Calgary.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju has appeared in 19 games with the Admirals this season in his North American debut, recording 14 goals and 24 points with a plus-8 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals and is tied for the team lead in points. He also is tied for eighth in the AHL in goals.

Harju was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 167th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Harju Returned to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today they've reassigned forward Johan Harju to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has played in seven games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and two points. He has two shots on goal and has averaged 8:01 in ice time. Harju recorded his first NHL point on December 4 against Colorado and notched his first goal in the very next game, December 7 at Calgary.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju has appeared in 17 games with the Admirals this season in his North American debut, recording 13 goals and 23 points with a plus-7 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals, tied for the lead with three power-play goals and is third overall in points. Harju was named the AHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending November 28 after notching six goals and seven points with a plus-5 rating. He also ranks tied for eighth in the league in goals.

He was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 167th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Harju to Tampa Bay, Roy to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced they have recalled forward Johan Harju (har-YOO) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today.

Harju, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has appeared in 17 games with the Admirals in his North American debut, recording 13 goals and 23 points with a plus-7 rating. He leads Norfolk in goals and points, tied for the lead with three power play goals and tied for second in assists. Harju has scored a goal in three of the Admirals’ previous four games. Harju was recently named the AHL’s Player of the Week for the period ending November 28 after notching six goals and seven points with a plus-5 rating. He also ranks tied for third in the league in goals.

A native of Overtornea, Sweden, Harju played in 55 regular season games with the Moscow Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League last season, recording four goals and 18 points. He played two playoff games with Moscow, recording a goal and eight penalty minutes.

Jones Returns to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced the club reassigned forward Blair Jones to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, December 1.

Jones, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has played in nine games with the Lightning this season, recording a goal and two points with an even rating. He has averaged 7:53 in ice time per game with the Lightning this season. Jones was most recently recalled to Tampa Bay on November 20. He has played in 12 games with Norfolk this season, notching seven goals and 16 points with a plus-7 rating. Jones is tied for third on the team for goals and is fourth for points.

A native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Jones has played in 47 career NHL games, all with the Lightning. He has registered two goals and five points with 14 penalty minutes during his career. Last season Jones played in 14 games with the Lightning, recording 10 penalty minutes and averaging a career-best 12:50 in average ice time.

Jones was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 102nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Roy, Wright Return to Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward James Wright as well as defenseman Matt Roy (WAH) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Roy, 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, has played in 13 games for the Admirals this season, recording two goals and 11 points with a plus-3 rating. He leads all Norfolk defensemen in both assists and points. Roy has played in one game with the Lightning this season, registering two penalty minutes.

A native of St. Georges, Quebec, Roy spent last season in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, skating in a career-high 31 games and notching a career-best 10 assists. He also played in 15 AHL games with Syracuse and Rochester, recording four points. Roy also appeared in six postseason games with the Americans, registering 11 penalty minutes.

Roy was drafted by Edmonton in the seventh round, 215th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 29, 2010.

Wright, 6-4, 200 pounds, has played in 15 games with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 12 points, including one power play goal. This is Wright’s first call-up of the season.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Wright made the Lightning roster out of juniors last season and went on to play in 48 games, recording two goals and five points in his NHL debut before being reassigned to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. He was second among Lightning rookies in 2009-10 for both time on ice with 11:38 per game and points.

Wright was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 117th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

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