i was not particularily impressed tonight. I see all the tools, hes a very good skater right now for his size, but is so damn raw skill wise. He played first pairing and secod pp behind pouliot. He tried to quarterback the pp four or five times, didnt pass, and got forced to dump it in.
His slapshot wasnt very hard either.
watched him last night and thought he was damn good. Didn't play overly physical, but was great in positioning, used his stick well, had a few great long stretch passes and was constantly firing away with his big slapshot.
Odd. He started against Seattle, and played first pairing minutes all game. Though he played behind Pouliot and only got secondary pp minutes. I noticed his solid stick work and positioning, and his will to fire off his shot, but it looked really slow to me. Maybe he just flubbed the 2-3 slappers he tried to take. He did look overly nervous handling the puck, and even fell down on the blue line trying to stickhandle and caused a shorthanded 2 on 1.
I would rather have seen Jones with either Pouliot or Wotherspoon and have Viveiros and Hanson as the 3rd pairing.
Pouliot and Rutkowski have been a pair for a long time (especially on the PP), doubt they would split them apart and I understand why Wotherspoon is with Hanson, but Tyler and Seth would be a awesome duo to watch.
He had a few awkward moments handling the puck, including a couple of giveaways. He had some great moments, too; like racing back to nullify a breakaway after a broken play. I've seen almost all of his games, and at no point would I say that he's looked average. He's just going to need a little bit of time to acclimate to his new surroundings.