Entries with the tag: ryan jones
The common wisdom says that younger players need to pay their dues before getting respect from the referees, but a look at updated Penalty Plus/Minus data shows a surprising number of rookies and 2nd-year players drawing calls at a tremendous rate. And look who’s working their way up the leaderboard… none other than everyone’s favorite fashion magazine intern, Sean Avery.
Also, I’ve added a Position column so enterprising readers can slice & dice along another line of analysis. So let’s take a look…
From the Chatham Daily News this morning, we have a feature on Ryan Jones, the college star who came to Nashville in the Marek Zidlicky trade, and most recently has filled out the Predators’ second line with David Legwand and Martin Erat:
He hasn’t forgotten his path to the NHL, and neither have his teammates.
“They get a kick out of the fact I was working at Taco Bell five years ago,” Jones said. “I definitely took the long way here.”
Jones has exceeded expectations so far, with a goal, two assists, and a +2 rating through 4 games played.
After failing to show up on the scoresheet during the first 5 games of the season, David Legwand finally made an impact in Saturday night’s 6-3 romp over Columbus, scoring the first goal by tipping a Shea Weber shot. There were still some troubling defensive gaffes, but seeing the whole gang chip in to score a six-pack goes a long way to address concerns that Jason Arnott’s absence would leave the team desperate for goals. In fact, this team which is built around the “scoring by committee” theory happens to have the most goal-scorers in the NHL (14 different players), tied with Colorado.
While it’s great to see role players like Joel Ward and Rich Peverley score, however, it’s the performance of Nashville’s rising star, Shea Weber, that should make the rest of the league sit up and take notice. Big #6 scored his 3rd goal on the young season, added 3 assists, and notched a +5 rating in 21:06 of ice time. At this point Weber leads the team in scoring, and will get his chance to impress the Canadian media this Thursday when the Calgary Flames come to town.
Let’s go to the highlights…
Tonight in Dallas the Predators and Stars have a rematch from Saturday night, when Nashville topped Dallas 3-1 in a rough game that saw Dan Hamhuis and Sean Avery ejected in the first period for engaging in a secondary fight, which Avery appears to have started:
Hamhuis said he was standing alone at the point while a scrap took place next to the net. Then Stars winger Sean Avery hit him across the back of the legs “for no reason” and suckerpunched him. Hamhuis said he stood up for himself by fighting back but said it was a “very, very cheap play.”
Hamhuis better watch out; at home in Dallas, Avery might actually come at him straight on, and bring a designer purse to hit him with…
Barry Trotz and the gang head into the Windy City tonight to tangle with the Blackhawks, and per John Glennon’s update, Ryan Jones will be scratched again, while the decision on which defenseman watches from the press box is pending. As for Jones, it will be interesting to see when he’ll get another crack at live action. Against the Blues, he looked like a kid in over his head, and I tend to side with those who think he’d be better off playing a ton of minutes in Milwaukee than practicing and watching games with the big club.
Besides, the Predators have precious little time to spend here in the regular season deciding who can play; points earned in October count just as much as those in February and March, and the job right now is to smack down the Blues, Blackhawks and Blue Jackets before they get much momentum rolling. Chicago has started off 0-2 with losses on the road against the Rangers and Capitals, and will surely be jumping in their home opener tonight. They should particularly be gunning for the Predators, as the Blackhawks have been the “sexy pick” in the Western Conference to take a big step forward this season, and leapfrog over Nashville to get that up-close view of Detroit’s rear end in the Central Division.
One of the pleasant surprises out of the Predators training camp has been the play of Ryan Jones, the collegiate star who was obtained in the trade with Minnesota for Marek Zidlicky. With just 4 games of professional (AHL) experience, there were doubts as to whether he’d be ready for NHL action. As this article from the CBC points out, however, Jones has made a habit of beating the odds:
But it wasn’t until high school, while serving detention, that Jones decided to make a serious push to follow the ice path blazed by his cousin John Tonelli, a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Islanders who retired as a player in the early 1990s.
“I looked up, and on the wall was one of those posters they put up in every school that says only one in every 125,000 people become a professional athlete,” Jones, 24, told CBCSports.ca on the line from Nashville. “I remember thinking, ‘Way to try to smush everyone’s dreams … I’m going to do my best.’”
It was prudent to save Ryan Jones for the end of these forecasts, as the rookie was no sure thing to make the Nashville Predators roster straight out of training camp. With the reassignment of Josh Gratton and today’s demotion of Antti Pihlstrom, Jones has indeed earned a spot at the NHL level for the time being (here’s the Opening Roster). That’s no small achievement in an organization that usually prefers to have young players adapt to professional hockey at the AHL level before skating with the big club.
An outdoor cooking area at the home of Predators center Jason Arnott in Brentwood apparently caught fire and damaged the house this morning, an official said.
When a smoke detector went off, Arnott looked outside and saw the blaze around the grill area, Brentwood Fire Chief Kenny Lane said. The fire department got the call around 3:30 a.m.
Surprisingly, so far there’s been no word out of the Toronto media as to how this will accelerate the team’s relocation to Hamilton.