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BAKER'S TOP 30: JONES BLENDS RAW OFFENSIVE SKILL WITH BULLISH MEAN STREAK

by Kris Baker / Buffalo Sabres

Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his rankings of the Top 30 draft-eligible prospects of 2016. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center here in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.

#18.Max Jones – LW, London (OHL)

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An edgy power forward, Jones blends a raw offensive skill set with a bullish mean streak. He’s the type of player that won’t dance around a defender, but will instead try to blow right through the obstacles in his way in a straight-line fashion on his way to the net.

The Michigan native joined fellow U.S. National Team Development Program product Matthew Tkachuk with the London Knights this past season, compiling 24 goals, including two late-October hat tricks, 52 total points and 106 minutes in penalties while appearing in 63 contests.

When the entire Knights top line was away at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Jones stepped up with five goals and five assists in the six-game span as part of a season-high 12-game point streak.

Jones’ rugged nature, highlighted by a 12-game suspension earned following a high hit in the first round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs, has seen him develop a reputation around the league similar to Tom Wilson, who was chosen 16th overall by Washington in 2012. However, the two offer different looks at the NHL level, with Jones possessing lighter feet, a quicker, heavier shot and added value as hard-working penalty killer.


For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).


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