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I know it has probably been mentioned in other threads, but thought it deserved it's own thread now that it is official. With Arizona's win over Chicago on Tuesday, the Ducks mathematically are eliminated for the first time since 2012. NHL.com pretty much had a quick summary of the season today: https://www.nhl.com/news/anaheim-fails-to-reach-playoffs-following-several-long-losing-streaks/c-306176384 The Anaheim Ducks failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, a stretch that included five straight Pacific Division titles from 2012-13 through 2016-17. The Ducks (32-36-10) were eliminated from playoff contention when the Arizona Coyotes defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Tuesday.
Max Jones: Player Profile: 6'2-6'3, 205lbs, Left Wing With the 24th overall pick, Bob Murray and the Scouting Department selected Max Jones from the London Knights. Jones is a hard nosed, edgy, physical player that is at his best when he plays with a chip on his shoulder and keeps his emotions in control. The good news for Ducks fans is that Jones was a consensus 1st round pick across practically every scouting department, ranging from as high as 14 to as low as 20. His skating combined with his strength will make him noticeable in almost every game, even if he isn't lighting up the score sheet. Out of all the available prospects that were at 24, Jones was probably one of the most likely to make it to the NHL. Strengths: Skating: As most have already mentioned, Jones is one of the best skaters in this draft. Jones skating style is a combination of smoothness with above average speed.He won't be in any fastest skating competitions, but Jones as the ability to turn on the jets in a rush situation that separates him from other defenders if necessary. Strength: Jones's muscular frame makes him very hard to knock off the puck when in the offensive zone. As a result, he is a great forechecker and cycler. He's also not afraid to provide a net front presence and work dirty areas. Edge: Jones's game is at his best when he is playing with swagger. He's not afraid to play chippy or drop the gloves when necessary. Jones also loves to hit anything that moves, and forechecks in a forceful manner that makes defenders scared when they here him coming. His edge can get him in trouble at times (see below), but when he keeps his emotions in a balanced manner, Jones can be one of the most impactful players on the ice. Weaknesses: Edge: As mentioned, Jones edge can get him in trouble at times. He had to serve 2 suspensions last year; a 2 game suspension for slewfoot, and a 12(!) game suspension for an elbow. One of the easiest ways a prospect/young player can get in a coach's doghouse is by committing stupid penalties. In 63 games for London last year, Jones managed to amount 106 PIM's. Jones is a prime target for lazy penalties, and refs will sometimes not give him the benefit on calls because of the well known persona he plays with. In other words, he fits perfectly with the Ducks. Offensive Upside: Jones is not going to be Corey Perry. Let's get that out of the way. Most of the top prospects are able to score well over a PPG pace in juniors, even if their offensive ceiling isn't PPG. On a stacked London Knights team, managed to put 52pts in 63. Nothing to be ashamed of, but it's a pretty clear indication on where his ceiling is. Consistency: Going hand in hand with the offensive upside has been Jones consistency. Jones will sometimes sacrifice his offensive game for physicality, limiting his effectiveness for his linemates and team. Jones will always have confidence so bouncing back has not been an issue for him yet, but where he ends up in the lineup from the top line to the 4th line will depend on how much he is able to focus himself on his game, rather than trying to start theatrics. ETA: 2018, could be as early as late 2017 Player Comparison: Justin Abdelkader BE's Not So Expert: B- If you want to read up more about Jones and not listen to some stupid blogger who has a weird obsession with Emerson Etem, here are some additional sites: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=233448 http://www.thedraftanalyst.com/prospects/max-jones/ http://www.draftsite.com/nhl/player/max-jones/22601/ Sam Steel to follow...