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Wild selects Hunter Jones with the 59th overall pick

Goaltender ranked third in minutes played among OHL goaltenders

by Brian Halverson /

VANCOUVER -- Wild GM Paul Fenton traded up for an additional second-round pick to add to Minnesota's goaltending depth with the selection of Peterborough Petes (OHL) goaltender Hunter Jones at No. 59 overall. Fenton traded his third round (No. 73) and fourth round (No. 99) picks to Carolina to move up to get Jones' combination of size and athleticism made Jones an intriguing prospect for Minnesota.

Here is a look at Hunter Jones' stats:

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 202 lbs.

Catches: Left

Hometown: Brantford, ON, CAN

2018-19 team: Peterborough

NHL Central Scouting Rank: 3rd (North American Goalies)

Scouting report: Jones was third in minutes played (3,156) among OHL goaltenders while playing 57 out of 68 games for Peterborough which was second only to Niagara's Stephen Dillon's 588 games played. Using his large frame to his advantage, Jones recorded a 28-24-4 record with a 3.31 goals against average, .902 saves percentage to go with three shutouts.

The technically sound Jones, who models his game after Pittsburgh's Matt Murray, aggressively challenges opposing shooters using his size to take away shooting angles while relying on his athletic ability to recover and take away second-chance opportunities.

P.J. Fenton, Wild Amateur Scout: "Smooth, big goalie with good hands, feet and athletic ability that plays a calming style."

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