Caleb Jones

Edmonton Oilers
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Fantasy Summary

Two-way defender that does a little bit of everything well and has the potential to play on a middle-pairing in the NHL.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.3
NHL Certainty 7.8
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 6, 1997
Height 6‘1”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 4; Overall: 117

Observations

March 2019 – Jones continues to improve his overall game and has really become a leader on the Bakersfield Condors’ backend. His production has slowed a bit recently (two points in his last eight games) but his 23 points in 38 games for the Condors this season is impressive and he has suited up for 17 games with the Oilers recording one goal and six points in that time. He is the Oilers most NHL ready defence prospect and has the potential to make the Oilers out of training camp in September. Jameson Ewasiuk

November 2018 – Since being sent down to Bakersfield, Jones has been a man on a mission. He is currently playing on the Condors’ top pairing at even strength, the top power play as well as the top penalty kill. He has recorded seven points in nine games including five in his last five games. Head coach Jay Woodcroft has had a lot of positive things to say about the young defender as he really looks to have taken his overall game a step forward. It’s still early in the season but if he continues to play like this then he could definitely earn a call up if injuries occur on the Oilers’ blue line. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2018 – After a strong WHL career, Jones turned pro last season and recorded two goals and 17 points in 58 games for Bakersfield. His stats were a little lower than some had hoped for and further development is clearly necessary in the AHL, but the young defender has an intriguing toolset. The younger Jones doesn‘t excel at any one specific area but he is a smooth skater with solid size that can contribute at both ends of the ice and can engage physically. The Oilers will be patient with the young rearguard and although he doesn‘t likely have the offensive upside of a player like Bear, Jones could develop nicely into a bottom-pairing, all-situations defender that brings reliability to his team‘s backend. There is a chance he develops into a legit top four defender but at the moment we have to wait and see what kind of progression his overall game makes in his second pro campaign. Could be a smart late-round pick knowing that the Oilers don‘t have many defense prospects ahead of him on the depth chart. Jameson Ewasiuk

January 2017 – Jones made his world junior championship debut in December. Playing on the first defensive pairing with Bruins’ prospect Charlie McAvoy, Jones excelled. Along with playing on the top pair, Jones also was given top penalty-killing minutes. Picking up two assists through seven games, Jones helped Team USA capture gold. Jones started strongly this season with a goal and an assist. Then he went cold for three games, getting no points and was a minus-5. He has picked up his play again and is on a five-game point streak, collecting six assists. Jones has five goals and 35 assists for 40 points in 42 games. Spencer Pomoty

September 2016 – After a successful season in Portland where Caleb managed to put up 55 points in just 72 games as a rookie, Jones will be participating in his second consecutive rookie campaign with the Bakersfield Condors. While he did play three games in a unsuccessful playoff run by the Condors late last season, Caleb is very new to a professional hockey league. It is also believed that Jones has the potential to play on the American world junior team. I got to watch Jones a couple times last year and was extremely impressed by his mobility moving up the ice and confidence with the puck in all three zones. While he does need to work on his strength when it comes to being physical and shooting the puck, Caleb has a real solid and reliable two-way game. I expect Caleb to help the Condors this season as more of a middle pairing guy who can run the top of a power play, as well as challenge some of the more veteran defenders for ice time. Brayden Sully

September 2015 – With the WHL season just around the corner, Caleb Jones will ply his trade on the same team his brother Seth did. Committed to the Portland Winterhawks, Caleb should shine as a CHL rookie after spending time with the U.S National Development Team a year ago. His all around game, calm demeanor on the breakout and physical edge are traits that should propel him to a stellar first season in the CHL. Tyler Thomson

June 2015 – The younger son of former basketball star Popeye Jones, Caleb was part of a good crop of 2015 Oilers draftees. He doesn’t have a ton of offensive upside, but could end up being a significant contributer on an NHL team in four years. Austin Wallace

June 2015 – The younger Jones definitely doesn’t possess many similarities to big brother Seth other than their last name. The 6 foot, 194 pounder does not have the physical traits to dominate, but does have the work ethic to contribute. He isn’t the fastest, but is quick and agile and can control the puck well enough to make the play. He is willing to throw his body around and works hard along the boards. Jones shows good puck decisions and is at his best when keeping it simple. There’s some upside in Jones game but it won’t be as a top defenseman like his brother. Mike Barrett


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Dallas Stars U16 T1EHL U16 10 3 2 5 12 |          
 2012-2013 Dallas Stars U16 T1EHL U16 40 2 17 19 36 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
 2013-2014 USNTDP Juniors USHL 33 0 7 7 57 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 52 1 14 15 90 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 0 3 3 4 |          
 2014-2015 USNTDP Juniors USHL 25 2 6 8 28 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 65 6 19 25 50 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 0 5 5 0 |          
 2015-2016 Portland Winterhawks WHL 72 10 45 55 64 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2016-2017 Portland Winterhawks WHL 63 9 53 62 54 | Playoffs 11 2 8 10 28 
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 0 2 2 2 |          
 2017-2018 Bakersfield Condors AHL 58 2 15 17 43 |          
 2018-2019 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 1 5 6 6 |          
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 50 6 23 29 28 | Playoffs 10 0 3 3
 2019-2020 Bakersfield Condors AHL - - - - - |          

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