Lightning Sign Prospect Scott Jackson

Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports the Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the signing of free agent defensive prospect Scott Jackson to a standard three-year rookie contract.

Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, played in 58 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League last season, and Tampa scouts undoubtedly saw plenty of Jackson while observing the play of Lightning goaltending prospect Riku Helenius. Jackson scored six goals and recorded 23 points with one power-play goal. He ranked second among defensemen on the team in plus/minus rating with a plus-25. His 23 points and six goals also ranked third on the team among defensemen.

Jackson, a former second round pick of the St. Louis Blues (2005) is also a veteran of the CHL/Russia Hockey Challenge, played every year involving the QMJHL, OHL, or WHL's top players against Russia's top prospects. Prior to the 2005 draft he played in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game as well. He was ranked by Central Scouting as the No.21 North American skater prior to the 2005 draft.

Last September, Jackson participated in the Detroit Red Wings' training camp before returning to Seattle as an overager.

Jackson will add depth to Norfolk for the coming year.