The Edmonton Oilers announced the signing of, defenceman, Caleb Jones to a 2-year contract extension on Wednesday afternoon. The deal will pay Jones an AAV of $850,000, making it a very team-friendly deal.
The #Oilers have signed defenceman Caleb Jones to a two-year contract extension.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) January 15, 2020
The 2015 fourth-round pick (117th overall) has appeared in 40 @NHL games with Edmonton, recording one goal & eight assists.
Congrats, Jonesy! pic.twitter.com/e651TAMNIH
Jones’ NHL career began much earlier than his debut. Being the younger brother of NHL superstar, Seth Jones, Caleb would always play in the shadow of his brother. That hasn't stopped him from turning heads. His professional career began in the AHL with the Bakersfield Condors during the 2017/18 season. He quickly asserted himself as one of the team’s defensive leaders and was a critical piece of the team’s first ever playoff appearance in 2018/19.
He broke into the NHL during the 2018/19 NHL season after getting called up for a 17-game stint. His defensive prowess and ability to move the puck up the ice impressed many around the organization and propelled him up a very crowded depth chart.
This season has been a very up and down season for Jones. He failed to make the team out of training camp and the emergence of Ethan Bear made it seem like he might be on the way out. That turned out to be an exaggeration as Jones was recalled in early December.
He has played in 23 games since that recall and has done a exceptional job in a reduced third-pairing role.