Weight: 200 pounds
Date of birth: February 17, 1998, Orion, MI
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 1, 18th overall, 2014 Priority Selection
Last season Jones played for the USNTDP and in 24 games scored 5 goals and 5 assists. He joined the US National U-17 squad and in 38 games scored 18 times while adding 10 assists. He also put in a solid performance for the U.S. at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17. In 6 games he scored 7 goals while contributing 4 assists. He was named to the All Tournament team and finished second in scoring in leading the Americans to silver.
Jones father Brad is a former NHL player who played in 148 games in 4 seasons and scored 25 goals and 31 assists in his NHL career. His brother Mitch is a former OHL’er with the Plymouth Whalers and is currently playing for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.
With one goal and two assists for Jones in his first eight games, it took him a few weeks to get accustomed to the OHL. Since then, he’s been on a bit of a tear with 14 goals and 12 assists in his last 21 games.
Jones is a straightforward north-south player who possesses aggressiveness, great speed and nastiness who is more than willing to go through defenders –successfully- rather than try and dangle around them. He’s a prototypical power forward who can get on top of the defence and punish them. He battles along the walls and is near impossible to move off the puck.
Jones will fight for his space in front of the opposition goal. He plays on the powerplay and that is usually where you’ll find him planted. He’s very good in tight and has some finish there.
It’s not all strength and power to Jones’ game however. There is finesse to his repertoire. He’s an excellent skater with high end top speed and an excellent first step. He possesses a pro level shot with an excellent release and accuracy. His vision is very good and has the high hockey IQ to go with it – an underrated playmaker in my opinion.
Jones’ play without the puck needs some improvement and is a work in progress. He also needs to better choose his spots to be physical – he sometimes goes out of his way chasing the hit. As he matures, those things will come to him.
London Knights coach Dale Hunter
“He’s a complete player. He’s a fast player. He’s skilled. In big games, like you see in the National Hockey League right now, he raises his game . . . That’s what we need in London. He’s going to put up lots of numbers during the year but come playoff time, he raises his game to another level and that’s what you need to win.”