Kellen Jones
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Kellen Jones

Hometown:

Montrose British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-08-16

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

7th round (202nd overall), 2010

Weight:

164 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Kellen Jones played for the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL along with his twin brother Connor, the Vipers’ leading scorer. In his second full season, he played 51 games; scoring 15 goals with 37 assists and 16 penalty minutes. In 17 playoff games he scored 6 goals with 12 assists as Vernon won the BCHL playoff title. In six games at the Royal Bank Cup he scored 3 goals with 4 assists as the Vipers captured the championship of Canadian junior hockey.

2009-10: Jones was fourth on the Vernon Vipers with 41 assists and scored 12 goals despite playing just 41 games during the regular season. After winning 54 of 60 games during the regular season the Vipers rolled through the BCHL playoffs en route to their second straight Royal Bank Cup. In 19 BCHL playoff games Jones scored 14 goals with 19 assists. In the Royal Bank Cup games he scored 5 goals with 4 assists. Vernon won five of six games, avenging its only loss with an 8-1 win over host Dauphin in the championship game.  Both Kellen and Connor Jones committed to playing college hockey at Quinnipiac in 2010-11. Passed over in two previous NHL Drafts, Jones was selected by the Oilers in the 7th round (202nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

2010-11: Jones skated in 38 of 39 games for Quinnipiac as a freshman, playing on a line with his brother Connor, and was the Bobcats’ fourth-leading scorer with 8 goals and 14 assists. He was +1 with 35 PMs as Quinnipiac finished tied for seventh in the ECAC Hockey League.

2011-12: Kellen Jones continued to put up points for Quinnipiac University in his sophomore season. Playing on the Bobcats’ top line with twin brother Connor Jones and Lightning prospect Matthew Peca, he scored 14 goals with 22 assists and was plus-five with 39 penalty minutes in 36 games. The Bobcats finished fifth in ECAC Hockey and lost to Colgate in a three-game conference quarterfinal series; finishing 20-14-6.

2012-13: Jones again teamed with his brother Connor Jones and sophomore Matthew Peca (Tampa Bay) on the top line for Quinnipiac in his junior season. In 43 games he scored 13 goals with 14 assists and was +10 with 24 penalty minutes. The Bobcats finished first in ECAC Hockey in the regular season and reached the Frozen Four championship game. Quinnipiac rebounded from an upset loss to Brown in the ECAC semifinals, defeating Yale, 3-0, in the third place game and then defeated Canisius and Union to capture the NCAA East Regional championship. The Bobcats topped St. Cloud State, 4-1, in the Frozen Four semifinals before falling to Yale, 4-0.

2013-14: Jones made his debut in pro hockey with Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in April 2014, signing an amateur tryout contract with the Barons along with his brother Connor following his senior season at Quinnipiac. In five regular season games had 1 assist and was -4 with no penalties. Oklahoma City finished third in the West Division and was swept in a first round playoff series. Jones did not play in the series. Skating on the Bobcats’ top line with Connor and freshman Sam Anas, he was the team’s second-leading scorer behind Anas. Kellen Jones scored 18 goals with 24 assists and was +13 with 27 penalty minutes in 40 games. Quinnipiac finished third in ECAC Hockey and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after losing in double overtime to Colgate in the conference semifinals. Providence topped Quinnipiac, 4-0 in an NCAA East Regional semifinal game. He was not tendered an NHL contract by the Oilers, becoming an unrestricted free agent, but attended Edmonton’s training camp along with his brother and subsequently signed an AHL deal with Oklahoma City.

Talent Analysis

Jones has put up big offensive numbers both in junior hockey and at the NCAA level skating alongside his twin brother Connor. Not a fast skater, he is a quick winger that can be a playmaker and possesses good vision. He can stickhandle in a phone booth and has an above average shot and release. His small stature and tendency to play on the perimeter waiting for an opportunity rather than creating one could be challenges in cracking the NHL level.

Future

Jones and his brother Connor have been an effective offensive package since their days of youth hockey. After attending their first NHL training camp with Edmonton both were signed to AHL contracts and assigned to the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors to start the 2014-15 season. Dominant at that level they were subsequently recalled by Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City in December 2014. Like other twin brothers who have played together the two share a unique chemistry that allows them to anticipate each other's moves. With their lack of size, however, their high-end potential may be that of Chris and Peter Ferraro, two prospects in the Rangers' system in the early 1990's who enjoyed successful careers in minor league hockey and in Europe, rather than the Sedin brothers.

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