>Ryan Jones Makes the Predators Roster
>Well…he did it. The Nashville Predators have announced their opening night roster…and yes, it does include Ryan Jones. But…the question remains, where will the former RedHawk captain fit in on the Predators line chart? Brandon Felder, from HockeyBuzz, offers his take:
For me the type of game Ryan Jones plays fits better on a line with Legwand and Erat. Jones will go to the net and allow Legwand and Erat to continue their chemistry. Legwand is a playmaker and best used as a set up man. Erat is a finisher if he would just shoot the puck more. Jones will be in front of the goalie allowing Erat to be more comfortable shooting instead of passing.
From The Tennessean:
Jones possesses an attractive presence around the net. Ward, who edged out Pihlstrom for the final spot, is a strong penalty killer with good instincts.
“I told myself that I wasn’t coming here just to have my name be in the organization, I was going to compete for a spot from Day 1,” said Jones, who was acquired from Minnesota for Marek Zidlicky. “Whether or not that was realistic I don’t know, but some things happened this summer in this organization that left some spots open for the younger guys and the cards just played out right.”
Coach Barry Trotz stressed that the roster could change by next week.
Nick Tarnasky, who has a broken thumb, has been practicing and could be ready to join the lineup as early as Monday, when the Predators visit Chicago, Trotz said.
Jones and Hornqvist do not need to clear waivers, meaning they could be sent to Milwaukee at any time.
Let’s hope he stays with the club, however…a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan Jones…we all know what type of guy Jonesy is on and off the ice…he’s sure to make Miami proud.