David Jones entered Dartmouth College after dominating the BCHL last season and put up solid numbers in his rookie campaign (9 goals, 5 assists, 14 points in 34 games). The big winger showed that he could compete at the college level and showed versatility, appearing in a variety of game situations for the Big Green.
Jones was chosen in the ninth round, 288th overall, of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.
2005-06: Jones emerged as a dominant force in the ECACHL this season and in the process, helped lead Dartmouth to an ECACHL regular season title. Jones, along with linemates Mike Ouellette and Tanner Glass (FLA) made up one of the league’s most explosive trios. He finished second on the Big Green roster with 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) playing in 33 games. His 17 goals led the team. Of Jones’ 34 points, 27 came in ECACHL play. His outstanding season earned Jones numerous accolades, including an All-Ivy League First Team selection and an All-ECACHL Second Team selection. In addition to his excellence on the ice, Jones was equally superb in the classroom, earning a spot on the ECACHL All-Academic Team.
2006-07: Jones was named an Alternate captain.
2007-08: After being recalled for the third and final time on Feb. 15, Jones dressed in each of the last 18 games for Colorado. He played in 27 games overall for Colorado, racking up six points total. He spent most of the year with AHL Lake Erie, where he collected 30 points in 45 games. He was leading Lake Erie in scoring at the time of his last recall and still finished seventh on the team in points. He led Lake Erie with 12 power-play goals. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 21 vs. NY Rangers, becoming the lowest Avalanche/Nordiques draft choice to ever make it to the NHL (288th overall). Jones played in two games for Colorado before being reassigned on Dec. 23. He was recalled again on Jan. 19, but reassigned on Jan. 23. He picked up his first NHL point, an assist, on Jan. 20 vs. Columbus. He was recalled for the last time on Feb. 15 and recorded his first NHL goal and added two assists during a Ma. 11 match at Atlanta.
Jones possesses excellent size and strength. He utilizes his large frame quite effectively and efficiently, most notably in his play around the net or driving to it. Jones is an outstanding skater who is blessed with power and speed. He plays with a bit of an edge and fiercely competitive, making the task of containing and playing against him quite difficult for opposing defenders. Jones is a smart player both with and without the puck. He is defensively responsible and can play in virtually any type of situation. Jones possesses a good hard shot with a quick release. He is also versatile in that he can play at both the center and wing positions.
Jones was dealt by the Calgary Flames to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Niklas Backstrom and a sixth round pick.