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01-20-2012, 01:04 AM
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Keith Jones, W

Given that this guy retired less than a decade ago and was a pretty notorious player for a few years, I am really surprised that no one has ever given him a shot as an MLD/AAA/AA bottom 6 pest and grinder.

Jones did just about everything well. He had limited finesse skills but with hard work he managed to score 258 points in 491 games. He was physical, solid on his feet, responsible defensively, an agitator and was willing to drop the gloves (29 career fights, but yikes, a 1-8-10 career record, .316). About the only things he didn't do were kill penalties and score at a consistent top line level.

Jones played mostly RW but occasionally switched to the left. He averaged 14.22 minutes a game in his relatively short career. He was a key cog on very strong teams (11% above average). From 1994-2000 he scored just below or well over half a point per game, but his year by year totals don't look great because in that period he had GP totals of 57, 40, and 23. At his best (but not always) was a Scott Hartnell-style scoring line glue guy so he should transition pretty fine into a bottom-6 role here.

Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1994-95
Jones took a step forward last season from a spare 4th liner to a winger on the checking line come playoff time... Jones is a sparkplug. He likes to make things happen by driving to the front of the net and taking a defenseman with him. His skating is adequate, and he uses quick bursts of speed to power himself to and through the traffic areas. He has decent hands, is an eager finisher and plays well at both ends of the ice. Jones keeps the game simple, and does his job.

The Caps threw Jones on the ice whenever the team or the crowd needed a lift. He is energetic and uses his size well. He needs more experience, of course, but is tough and willing to pay a physical price. The caps could use another couple of players like him. He isn't the biggest player on the ice, but there are nights when you come away thinking he is.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1997-98
No sooner did Jones, a grinder by trade, arrive in Colorado than he had a vision of himself as a better hockey player. Without abandoning any of the principles that had helped him establish himself with the offensively uninspired capitals, Jones discovered the joys of scoring and playmaking. Jones doesn't have the greatest hands in the world and he'll never be confused with Peter Forsberg, but he has a good shot... He isn't very creative, but his efforts churn up loose pucks for teammates smart enough to trail in his wake. Jones is the antithesis of a natural scorer, because everything he accomplishes is through effort.

Jones finishes every check in every zone, and sometimes runs around a bit, but he is becoming more responsible defensively. Jones loves the game and knows what he has to do to stay in the lineup.... No one deserves success more than the hard-working Jones.

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