Pulling in at fifteenth overall is defenceman Caleb Jones. Let’s see where everyone had him ranked.
LET’S TALK ABOUT CALEB JONES FOR A WHILE
Alright, I respond well to bold font. Six foot one, and tons of fun. A fourth round selection in 2015 who just finished his final season with Portland (WHL), Caleb Jones will look to make his mark in Bakersfield in 2017-18. Jones posted nearly a point per game in Portland, making him the team’s top scoring defenceman with 62 points (9-53-62) in 63 games. A classic two-way-defenceman, Jones is a fun prospect to watch because he’s not afraid to use his mobility to get up in the play.
I got all tingly watching that. Give it to me.
A versatile two-way defenseman that can fill many different roles and team needs in certain situations due to his workmanlike approach to his position. Possesses a tireless motor and is aggressive on the blue-line. Physicality and board battles are the anchors that hold his game together. Works hard in all situations and is a step ahead in problem solving. Exhibits good mobility, a quick, accurate shot from the point, and an active stick. All-in-all, a heads-up defenseman who plays a solid, smart all-around game.
-Curtis Joe, EP 2015
Jones finished his final season in Portland with 62 points in 63 games. 62 points was fourth on the team in scoring. 62 points was also sixteen more points than fellow defenceman Henri Jokiharju who had 48. Jones appeared in eleven playoff games, scoring 2-8-10. His 2016-17 leaves plenty of reason to expect good things in the future.
WHAT CAN CALEB JONES BE?
A mobile defenceman on the left side, there’s an NHL player here. This is very much relieving, because Edmonton is in deep with a left side featuring Kris Russell on the second pair between now and whenever the stench of Russell’s NMC wears off. Unfortunately for us, Jones has a little ways to go, and his jump off will begin in Bakersfield this year. Jones had a three game espresso with Bakersfield this past year, and he’ll look to solidify a pairing that could include Mark Fayne or Ryan Stanton.