Via @JonathanWillis on Twitter the Oilers have plucked 25-year-old forward Ryan Jones off of waivers from the Nashville Predators. Jones is a gritty fourth line player with physical prowess and some skating problems. He's a fan-favorite in both Minnesota (where he began his career) and Nashville.
#28 / Left Wing / Nashville Predators
Jun 14, 1984
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A brief look at his microstats shows a 4th line player, and a replacement for Ethan Moreau or Jean-Francois Jacques. He delivered about 1.5 hits per game in extremely limited ice time - he only plays 9:03 at even strength per game.
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The most interesting piece to Ryan Jones' game is his ability to draw penalties. This year he's 5th out of 379 NHL forwards in Penalties Drawn to Penalties Taken Differential / 60 behind only Patrick Kaleta, Dustin Brown, Jordin Tootoo and Vladimir Zharkov. He draws 3 penalties for every 60 minutes of time on ice and only takes 1.2 - if he is Ethan Moreau's replacement, it will be an enormous difference in the penalties category alone. Ethan Moreau is 366/379 in this category.
He's not a fighter, so he's not going to replace the out-of-favor Zack Stortini, and we can sit and wait and only surmise that this means Ethan Moreau is on his way out.
It seems like like a fourth line of Ryan Jones - Marc Pouliot - Ryan Stone is somewhere in the making.