Ashton Joining Admirals

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Carter Ashton to the Norfolk Admirals from his junior club, the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 20, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound right wing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a first-round draft pick of the Lightning (29th overall in 2009). He split this season between Tri City and the Regina Pats, scoring 33 goals and 71 points with 106 penalty minutes in 62 games between the clubs. He also netted 17 power play goals, tying him for fifth place in the WHL.

Ashton added three goals and eight points in ten playoff games with the Americans. In 239 career WHL games between Tri City, Regina and the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Ashton has scored 92 goals and 181 points with 329 penalty minutes.

Ashton also joined the Admirals at the end of last season, recording one goal in his first 11 professional games while only 19 years of age. The Lightning signed to a three-year, entry-level contract on October 2, 2009.
--Norfolk Admirals