DENVER -- Bright spots have been rare for a Colorado Avalanche team whose season turned sour two months ago. The play of David Jones has been one of them.
The 26-year-old forward is having a career year and battling Matt Duchene for the team goal-scoring lead one year after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
"I always thought I could play at a high level," Jones told NHL.com. "It was tough being hurt because I think I was on my way to doing that last year. It's nice to have some success this year and hopefully I can keep it going and carry it into next year."
At 6-feet-2 and 210 pounds, Jones is the classic power forward, except that he also owns deceptive speed for a player his size. So there was more than the usual concern when he suffered such a serious knee injury in a game at Minnesota on Nov. 28, 2009.