He is a fourth liner who can fill in occasionally 3rd line and in the emergency situations like injury plug the 2nd line a couple of games.
He got quite many points in the past because he got a lot of playing time in a very bad team. He should not be paid more than 1.2-1.5M and maximum 2 years. But the best solution is to trade him now since we can get something in return and get real power forward through the trade or off season UFA signing.
I think that some veterans (Whitney, Belanger) should be moved in the sake of keeping players accountable. Our veterans just don't get the job done.
He's got 3rd line minutes here in Edmonton, heck in 2010-11 Giroux, Reddox, Omark, PRV Cogliano, VV, and Hartsi were given more minutes per game then Jones. He's a 2mil player at the min is this league.
How much can Ryan Jones improve under Krueger's coaching?
He works hard, willing to battle in corners, willing to go in front of net and battle for rebounds, and he hits. But for a bottom six guy, he's not that good defensively, his positioning is not very strong.
In order for him to cement his role in the bottom six, he needs to really improve his defensive awareness.
I disagree, I think he does just fine defensively. He also is one of their best players on the PK. I think he adds so much to the team on the ice and even more off. He gives it every game. He has heart and that goes a long way.
He's meh... Has a bit of a nose for the net but is constantly cheating defensively. Can skate a bit but doesn't play physical enough. Really doesn't bring it on a consistent basis. Not a particularly smart player either. Why he is on the pk is beyond me. He is whatever, if they keep him around Smutty needs to definately go. Don't like the idea of paying a fourth liner much more then a mil a season. Would be all for packaging a combination on him Hartikainen and N Schultz for a decent defenceman or top nine left winger.
It seems to me that Hartikainen is as good player as Jones who is 14 gp 1+1 -3
Hartikainen is stronger bigger and has more potential. I hope that Jones will be traded so we can call up Hartikainen who does not need any more seasoning in the minors.