Spokane Chiefs forward Jack Finley has signed an entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, as announced by the Lightning on Saturday. Finley was selected by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
A Kelowna, B.C. native, Finley broke out during the 2019-20 season with 57 points (19G-38A) and a +32 rating in 61 games, centering a line with WHL Player of the Year Adam Beckman. The 6-foot-5 center posted 14 multi-point games, including four with 3+ and a career-best four points (1G-3A) in a dramatic 7-6 overtime win at Portland in early February. He finished the shortened season with points in 12 of the team’s final 17 games (9G-12A).
The Stanley Cup Champion Lightning rewarded that effort by selecting him 57th overall — their first pick in the draft as they didn’t hold a first-round choice — making him the 75th ever Chief selected by an NHL club.
In 131 career WHL games, all with Spokane, he has scored 28 goals and 77 points to go along with 84 penalty minutes. Finley has also appeared in 15 WHL playoff games, posting eight points (1G-7A). A 2002-born player, he will return to Spokane for the 2020-21 season should he not make the opening roster for Tampa Bay.