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02-10-2013, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by TheJuxtaposer View Post
I hope you know, I'm a HUGE EJ fan. I'm rooting for him to keep on developing and I love watching him play.

At the same time, his only real flaw is hockey IQ (and I guess offensive creativity). That's not to say that his hockey IQ is bad. It's still above average, but if he had elite hockey IQ there is nothing he wouldn't be capable of doing. That's Jones.

I like the Pietrangelo comparison as well. Remember, when he was drafted, Petro was more of an offensive guy who developed an elite defensive game in the NHL.
Defensively EJ is becoming an absolute rock, and he makes great breakout plays, but I agree with you on the offensive IQ. When he hits the opposing teams blue line, it's rare he makes an incredible play. He is good at just passing it off, or keeping it in the zone, and sometimes he will just deke around a few people and make a sweet pass, but for the most part he will stand there and then hammer a shot into a forward. This is partially because the Avs don't know how to create space for him, but if Jones is the same player as EJ from the red line back, but a hell of a lot better from the red line forward...Well then the Avs being bottom of the league just may be worth it.

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