Jones was completely ineffective for the entire second half of the season last year. He had a looooooooong goalless slump as well. I think that it pushed 20 games.
At least he is still out there going balls out every night. Killing penalties and banging and crashing. Unlike some other players on our roster who are completely ineffective for long stretches of time and don't PK or hit anything.
Jones is excellent for us in so many ways, this hurts.
I love Harti but I do not think he will ever replace Jones' depth scoring and will be years away from being as good on the PK or... anywhere.
Jones has a nose for the loose puck that Harti hasn't yet displayed, but as much as I love Jones I think Harti can bring a lot of the other things you mention.
We shouldn't lose too much playing him in Jones' spot for a few weeks.
“I had a contract there until the end of December,” Smid said. “This happen the first or second week in December. I know the doctors here so came back and I went to the doctors I know. I had an MRI on it and did some rehab at the U of A, because I couldn’t go to Rexall or see any of our trainers.
“It’s good now, I’m skating and I’m working out, so I don’t have any problems. I’m just trying to stay in shape and trying to get ready if camp starts.”
It's good to see that he's going to be ready to go from the start of the season because he's such a critical piece to the defense.
Didn't you guys think Harski was a lock to make the big team even before this happened? We all now the Oilers need his size and he's shown he can play on a skill line. IMO this opens the door for MPS to make it out of training camp, at least until Jones returns.
4th line= Jones/MPS-Belanger-Eager/Hordicuk
Extra F= Eager/Hordichuk, Petrell