Ryan Jones nearly lost an eye last season when a puck deflected off of a stick and into the forward’s face. The Oilers decided to give Jones another chance with the team and signed him to a one-year contract in July.
Jones is dedicating this season to all of those who believed in him, while he scorns those who doubt him.
“I do feel like I have something to prove,” said Jones. “I have something to prove to the people who have my back, to (Craig MacTavish) and to the people within the organization. My teammates, myself, my family, the people that were there for me the whole time, that went through the injury with me and stuck by my side.
“Those are the people I’m going to be playing for this year. It’s a big year obviously, and I want to do everything I can to help this hockey team to win a lot of hockey games.
“And if given the opportunity to flip the people, who turned their back on me, the bird on the way out while I am winning games would be nice too.”
The 29 year-old has played for Edmonton each of the last four seasons, suiting up for 195 games and scoring 66 points (38-28-66).