Weight: 187 pounds
Date of birth: February 26,1999
Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 1, 7th overall, 2015 Priority Selection
The Niagara Ice Dogs selected Ben Jones seventh overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection. Jones is a graduate of the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAA squad from the 2014-2015 season where he scored 27 goals and 42 assists in 74 games. His 69 points were second only to Ryan McLeod for the Marlboros, who went on to win the GTMMHL Championship.
Jones went on to add one goal and fours assists in seven OHL Cup games as the Marlboros took that championship as well. Jones also participated in the OHL Gold Cup, scoring three goals in five games.
Last season, Jones made the Ice Dogs lineup and scored five goals and four assists in sixty-one games while playing on a deep Ice Dogs squad that went to the OHL Finals and eventually lost to the London Knights.
There is no consensus when it comes to Jones, and depending on which scouting service you subscribe to, he’s liked by some and not on the radar of others. I’m in the camp that believes Jones can play in the NHL and that an NHL teams sees the same at perhaps a very late second round or early third round pick in the National Hockey League Draft.
To date this season, Jones has appeared in thirty-six games for the Ice Dogs and has ten goals and twenty-one assists making his thirty-one points rank third among Ice Dogs.
Jones projects as a two-way center who can provide some offense. He’s good on face-offs at 52.2%. He has very good speed and decent size to play an energy role for his squad. He doesn’t shy away from the physical game, but he also doesn’t go out seeking it. At the same time, he doesn’t shy away from the dirty areas and will score most of his goals directly in front of the opposition net. He does possess a hard, accurate shot with a very good release.
Jones is a good skater with good speed and very good vision. He handles the puck extremely well and uses his teammates exceptionally well.
Jones’ biggest need is to add strength and he’s aware of that, taking part in strength building. And having played most of his hockey life to date as a defenceman, he’s aware of the defensive game, which is probably why he’s such a good two-way player.
Jones was ranked 32nd among OHL skaters, 99th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings.
Statistics of Ben Jones, a hockey player from Waterloo, ONT born Feb 26 1999 who was active from 2014 to 2017.