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A nimble defender who plays a tactical offensive game


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December 2023 – Jones has appeared in 11 games with the Rangers this season as an injury fill-in, registering three assists.  The 23 year-old can no longer be sent to the AHL without first passing through waivers.  As a result, he has maintained his spot on New York’s roster as the seventh defenseman, and was called into duty when Adam Fox went down earlier in the season with a leg injury.  Unfortunately for Jones, he was unable to lock down the number six defenseman slot in training camp, after the Rangers signed Erik Gustafsson in the offseason.  For the time being, the 23 year-old has to be content with continuing to hone his game while practicing with the NHL club.  To his credit, after previously admitting that shuffling between the AHL and NHL had impacted his confidence and general demeanor in the past couple of years, the smooth skating lefty has adopted a positive attitude about his lack of game action, and is ready to answer the call again whenever needed.  Signed through 2024-2025, the organization can always use him as a trade chip down the road, if need be.  Jones possesses all of the talent to be an everyday NHLer, and given his offensive prowess, he will likely emerge in a top six role in the not- too- distant future, whether with the Rangers organization or otherwise.  Brendan Ferry

January 2023 – Jones, sent down to AHL Hartford after appearing in 16 games with the Rangers earlier this season, has now appeared in 18 games with the Wolf Pack, registering 12 points and a plus-10 rating, pretty good numbers for a member of the Hartford team that has been on the wrong end of several lopsided scores thus far this year. Although certainly disappointed that he wasn’t able to lock down the sixth defenseman spot in New York, this is probably the best-case scenario for the lefty defenseman, who is playing heavy minutes down in the A. By all accounts, “Jonesy” has put his head down and gone to work on building his game and his confidence, after he identified that he was “in his own head” a bit, trying to impress the NYR coaches during his time with the big club. Brendan Ferry

2022  Jones made the Rangers out of training camp, and has appeared in 11 games so far this year, posting one goal and one assist.  He has been a healthy scratch on several occasions this year, ceding playing time to fellow LHD Libor Hajek.  Jones has played with confidence, but has made some unforced errors, which has been the cause of his fluctuation in and out of the lineup.  If Jones can clean up a few of his mistakes, he has a great opportunity to earn more playing time throughout the course of the season.  NYR defensemen have already lost some man games this season due to injury, so there will undoubtedly be more opportunities forthcoming for the puck moving lefty.  Brendan Ferry

July 2022 – UMass product Jones, who split time this year between the Rangers and AHL Hartford, is looking to carve out a permanent roster spot on next year’s Rangers team. Jones, the gifted puck mover and playmaking defenseman’s biggest challenge in doing so is the overall depth on both the NYR blueline and in the team’s prospect pool. There should be one spot up for grabs moving into next season on the blueline. Both Patrik Nemeth and Libor Hajek could be on the move for salary cap and performance reasons. Jones or fellow prospect Nils Lundkvist, if neither is traded this offseason, are a decent bet to grab onto the role of third pair defenseman, alongside Braden Schneider. Jones, who posted 35 points this year in 52 games with Hartford, hopes to make the permanent jump. Brendan Ferry


April 2021 – After playing a prominent role in his sophomore season with the National Champion UMass Minutemen, Zach Jones has signed an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. It’s been reported that Jones will join the Rangers immediately, in turn, burning the first year of his contract. Although it’s unlikely that his immediately deployment will be favorable in terms of extensive offensive opportunity, Jones’ long-term future with the organization looks very bright. Considering the success that the organization has had with fostering development with NCAA alumni Adam Fox and K’andre Miller, Jones is poised to continue an extremely impressive trend. Brayden Olafson


January 2020 – The American defenseman had somewhat of a coming-out party at the 2020 WJC in the Czech Republic. Despite a disappointing finish for the red, white and blue, Jones surprised many by playing a relatively prominent role. He’s also having an excellent rookie season with UMass Amherst, giving the impression that he could be ready to sign an NHL contract prior to his Junior year with the Minutemen. As a recent third-round draft-pick, Jones’ value is climbing quickly from where it was only six months ago. Brayden Olafson


June 2019 – Jones was drafted by the New York Rangers in the third round of the 2019 Entry draft. He recently concluded a highly successful offensive campaign with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL and will attend UMass Amherst in the fall. He’s a nimble blueliner who takes his offense seriously. Brayden Olafson

Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 18, 2000
Height 5‘10”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 3; Overall: 68


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Richmond Generals 16U AAEJEPL 16U19 5 2328 4|Playoffs3 1 12
  East Coast Selects O U15WSI U157 3 14 2|        
 2015-2016 Team Red USA-S155 1 23 -|        
  South Kent School 16U AAAUSPHL 16U22 1 56 4|Playoffs3 0 11
 2016-2017 Team Grey USA-S165 0 11 -|        
  South Kent School 16U AAAUSPHL 16U6 0 33 2|Playoffs4 2 46
 2017-2018 Team Gold USA-S175 0 22 -|        
  South Kent School 18U Prep18U AAA54 8 3745 28|        
  South Kent School 18U PrepUSPHL 18U7 2 79 2|Playoffs4 1 12
 2018-2019 Tri-City StormUSHL56 7 4552 38|Playoffs6 0 55
  USA U19WJAC-196 1 34 2|        
 2019-2020 Univ. of MassachusettsNCAA32 3 2023 24|        
  USA U20WJC-205 1 12 0|        
 2020-2021 Univ. of MassachusettsNCAA29 9 1524 8|        
  New York RangersNHL10 0 44 2|        
  USAWC10 0 33 4|        
 2021-2022 New York RangersNHL12 0 22 0|        
  Hartford Wolf PackAHL52 9 2635 25|        
 2022-2023 New York RangersNHL16 1 12 4|        
  Hartford Wolf PackAHL54 8 2331 34|Playoffs9 2 46
 2023-2024 New York RangersNHL31 2 79 8|