London left wing Max Jones, a projected first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was given a 12-game suspension by the Ontario Hockey League on Friday for an illegal hit.
Jones, No. 11 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2016 draft, was suspended for his check on Owen Sound center Justin Brack in Game 4 of the OHL first round series on March 30.
The OHL released a video on its website explaining the hit was delivered to an unsuspecting or vulnerable player who was injured on the play. The suspension takes effect immediately, so Jones will not be in the lineup for Game 5 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, on Friday. The Knights lead the series 3-1.
Jones had 28 goals and 52 points as a rookie this season. He had one goal and two points in four playoff games.