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>As many of you know by now, Ryan Jones was assigned to AHL Milwaukee last week by the Nashville Predators. Here’s a quick update on Jonesy, from The Tennessean:
Forwards Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones will play at least two more games for Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.
The two rookies were reassigned last week and were scheduled to play at least three games for the Admirals. They finished their third game on Wednesday, with Hornqvist posting four points and Jones two during that stretch.
The Admirals will visit Houston on Friday and play host to the Aeros on Sunday.
“We’ll reevaluate things after that,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “(Director of hockey operations) Mike Santos was up there and said they’ve played fine. But our coaches are happy right now with this team, so we’ll just go on a game-by-game basis.”
>In case you missed it yesterday…
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned rookie forwards Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. Both players will join the team in Iowa for the Admirals games against the Chops this weekend.
Jones has also skated in 15 of the team’s first 18 games, posting three goals and six points with four penalty minutes and 23 shots on goal. Acquired in a trade from the Minnesota Wild this summer, the 24-year old is playing in his first full professional season after four years in the NCAA ranks with Miami of Ohio.
With the addition of Jones and Hornqvist, the Admirals have reassigned forward Ian McKenzie to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. McKenzie has skated in nine games for Milwaukee this season and recorded two penalty minutes.
>Brandon Felder over at HockeyBuzz is back with his latest column, and playing Doctor this week as he assesses the first few weeks of the Predators season. Here’s his take on Ryan Jones:
Ryan Jones – 15 games played, 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points, 0 on the +/- ratio, and 2 power play goals. This Preds rookie has been able to produce when put on the 2nd line, but finds himself on the 3rd and 4th lines recently. Dr. Felder has discussed before why this won’t work for Jones style of play. Ryan has done well so far this season, he plays in the dirty areas, is willing to take punishment, does well at the garbage goals, draws penalties, and has had a good start to his rookie campaign. Dr. Felder says Jones should keep doing what he is doing, but take a “More TOI and Better Line” pill if possible.
>If you’ve followed Miami University hockey over the last few seasons, you’d understand why Ryan Jones hadn’t gotten a haircut (much to the dismay of many opposing teams’ student sections). He was donating it to Locks of Love, in honor of a special girl with a life threatening condition that Jones was made aware of.
Sad news came this week, as Korinne Croghan, the young girl Jones was offering his support for, lost her battle with cancer. She was 14.
The Tennessean has an article on it’s website, mentioning that Jones is attempting to try and meet the Croghan family sometime soon and that he will be donating several Predators’ items (signed sticks, gloves, etc.) to raise money for the future, in Korinne’s name.
Many condolences go out to the Croghan Family.
Check it out at this link.
>From The Tennessean:
Who could blame him? A year ago, he was in an entirely different situation — a fourth-year player at Miami of Ohio racking up all kinds of points en route to being named a finalist for the NCAA’s top award.
“In juniors and college, you’re ‘the guy.’ Then you get to the NHL and you find out there’s a lot of ‘the guys,’ ” Trotz said. “You’re used to being a big part of it and all of a sudden now, you’re playing 10 minutes a game instead of 25. “
Hornqvist, 20, finds himself in a similar position — one of the Swedish elite league’s top scorers the last two seasons, but now adjusting to a brand new team and a first season on North America’s smaller rinks.
“Everything is so straight-ahead and so fast,” Hornqvist said. “When you get the puck on the wall in your zone, you need to make a decision so fast. They’re a little slower (in Europe).”
Trotz figures the last thing his two rookies need is a coach screaming in their ears every time they make a mistake, so he tends to take the opposite approach as long as he sees the proper effort on the ice.
“They’re dealing with enough self-doubt,” Trotz said. “I still want the enthusiasm and the work ethic, and when they get the chance, I want them to go out and play relaxed because they’re good players. We want them to play instinctively, not be paralyzed by trying to over-think stuff.”
Hornqvist and Jones followed their instincts Wednesday, with Hornqvist stretching his stick to redirect a Shea Weber shot past Marty Turco and Jones whacking home a loose puck in the crease later in the game.
The goals weren’t enough to propel the Preds to victory, but they should serve as a nice confidence boost heading into Friday’s game in Columbus.
“It definitely helps because you’re not as nervous going in to the next game,” Jones said. “It’s good to know you can play at this level.”
>Ryan Jones scored his first NHL goal in a 6-4 loss against the Dallas Stars tonight. It was a backhander in front of the net…he was assisted by Rich Peverley and Ryan Suter and came at 13:50 of the second period to tie the game at three. He also added an assist on a Martin Erat goal in the third period, saw 8:25 (1:58 on the PP) worth of ice time and was a +2 on the evening.
Jones has also updated his blog prior to tonight’s game, which you can find linked on the top right side of my page.
It will be interesting to see his thoughts in his next post, about his first career goal and the good game he had in Dallas.
>The Tennessean is reporting that Ryan Jones will return to the Nashville Predators lineup tonight, as the team heads west to face the Dallas Stars. Jones had been a healthy scratch for the team’s past two games and will be playing his second NHL game tonight.
Hopefully he’ll be able to get on the scoresheet!
Also, Brandon Felder at Hockey Buzz writes this about Ryan Jones:
Ryan Jones has not been put in a situation to succeed yet. He’s had 1 game, and in that one game was buried on the 4th line. Now tell me this. If you are a forward whose skill set is to go to the net and deflect pucks, how many offensive chances do you expect your linemates to get on the 4th line? Not very many to say the least. The 4th line isn’t a scoring line, that’s a hitting line that disrupts. If Ryan Jones is to succeed he needs to be on a line with scorers that are going to set up in the offensive zone and fire off shots at the net so he can screen the goalie, or deflect those shots in. For some people to already say that he should be sent down to Milwaukee is a bit foolish to me because we haven’t seen him in his natural situation. He must have 2nd line time to show off his game. Yes, he was a little behind in making decisions Friday night, but at the same time lets not forget that St. Louis threw the kitchen sink with a forward going to hit you right after at us. I think plenty of our players were discombobulated that particular night. So let’s give this kid a chance and not write him off after one bad game from not only him but the team. I think he can have real success but only if he is put in the right spot, on a scoring line, not the 4th line. 4th line is as misuse of his talents and wasteful. Were he to be stuck on the 4th line all year then yes, I agree, send him to the Admirals so he can play in the proper situations.
If you’d like to check out the rest of his column, it can be found at this link.
>The Nashville Predators are off to an 0-1 start after dropping the season opener to the St. Louis Blues, 5-2. Making his debut, Ryan Jones didn’t make the scoresheet…no goals, no assists…no penalties…no shots and saw 8:10 seconds worth of ice time. One observer…noted this about Jones gameplay tonight:
Ryan Jones – Seriously, why is he here??? Looked totally lost in D-zone coverage early and never made an impact. He is a step slow to make a play and finishes his checks late and still doesn’t even make an impact with his body. Had a few BRIEF moments where you saw some talent, but they were lost in the plethora of moments that had me buying him a ticket to Milwaukee.
Doesn’t sound like the Ryan Jones I know. I’m sure nerves had something to do with it as well. It’s only game one.
Also, Jonesy is keeping his own blog about his first NHL season. I’ve linked it on the right side of my page, where it will remain. Check it out!
It’s one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time. They do, however, mention that Jones is a cousin of New York Islanders great John Tonelli. In actuality, Jones is the nephew of Tonelli.
You can find it at this link.