Oilers Extend Caleb Jones


The Edmonton Oilers announced that they have signed 22-year-old left-handed defenseman Caleb Jones to a two year contract extension. The extension comes with an average annual value (AAV) of $850,000 per season.

Jones was drafted by the Oilers in 2015. He was a 4th round selection at 117th overall. The 22 year old has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton’s AHL affiliate) and in the NHL with the Oilers. In 2018-19 he played in 17 NHL games scoring one goal along with five assists for six points. So far this season, he’s played in 23 games with the Oilers tallying three assists for three points. 

These may not be eye-popping numbers. With this being said, in the AHL Jones has steadily progressed every season. In his rookie season, he tallied a total of 17 points in 58 games. The next season, in 2018-19 he scored six goals and recorded 29 points in only 50 games. This season was his best to date, scoring 11 points in only 14 games. Although points for a defenseman aren’t the only metric to judge them by, it’s easy to see why the Oilers saw a benefit to locking him up for a couple more seasons.

My Opinion

This is a good signing for the Oilers. It gives them some defensive depth for the time being but also gives them some insurance beyond next season when Kris Russell’s contract is up. It’s a very low cost, high reward signing that can be both beneficial to the Oilers and to Caleb Jones himself. 

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