Some prospect news this morning, as was first reported last night, the Oilers have signed defenceman Caleb Jones to a three-year entry-level contract. General Fanager lists the deal as being worth $800k annually, $65k when he's playing in the AHL.
Jones, who's older brother Seth is currently playing in Columbus, was drafted by the Oilers in the fourth round of last year's draft, 117th overall. After being drafted Jones made the jump from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program to the WHL, where he joined the Portland Winterhawks. Portland was eliminated from the WHL playoffs last week after being swept Everett Silvertips. In 72 games with the Winterhawks this season, Jones scored 10 goals and added 45 assists, his 55 points ranked him third on the team; he had two assists in four playoff games.
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.
The Condors have five games remaining this season, starting with a home-and-home series against Ontario this weekend. Currently sitting fifth in the AHL's Pacific Division, the Condors will need to win most, if not all, of their remaining games, and will still need some help in order to extend their season beyond next Saturday.