The day after Edmonton drafted Connor McDavid, the organization spent four of five selections on defensemen. It was a deep draft in 2015, so a fourth-round pick like Caleb Jones was probably a third-round quality (or something like that) in a normal season. Still, it takes exactly one forever for later picks to develop and 2015 was just two short summers ago.
Jones has emerged as a bona fide NHL prospect. In a recent article for The Athletic, Corey Pronman wrote “Jones has had a very strong camp and looks like a guy on the cusp of the NHL.” That’s a tremendous indication of this young man’s ability, and we saw his talent on display during training camp.
Before he was sent down last night, we got a good look at Jones, not just his speed (he can wheel) but some calm feet we hadn’t seen in previous autumns. Jones will need some American League time, and the organization has had success with two-way blue. Names like Jeff Petry, Martin Marincin, Brandon Davidson, Oscar Klefbom and Jordan Oesterle have passed through Oklahoma City and Bakersfield in the last seven seasons.
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- I play a bit like my brother, I think we’re both two-way defencemen. I think I’m a little more of a physical and aggressive player than he is but I’d say in the sense of the entire game we’re pretty alike.”