Kellen Jones
Image: Quinnipiac

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.

Many positive developments for San Jose Sharks European and NCAA prospects

by Craig Fischer
on
Dan O'Regan - San Jose Sharks

Photo: San Jose Sharks fifth-round pick Dan O’Regan scored the overtime winner versus Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The San Jose Sharks have an intriguing group of prospects at the NCAA and European levels. These prospects represent some of the highest potential this pool has to offer; it is also mired in shortcomings.

Read more»

(Video) 2015 U18 World Championship: Mathew Barzal, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
on
Mathew Barzal - Team Canada - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Photo: Seattle Thunderbirds forward and 2015 prospect Mathew Barzal produced 12 goals and 57 points in 44 games in an injury-shortened 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

Team Canada came into the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship looking to improve upon their bronze medal showing at last year’s tournament. They got off on the right foot – offensively, at least – posting an 11-6 win over Latvia on Day 1 of the tournament. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Canada hopes to peak at right time in quest for gold

by Jason Menard
on
Mitchell Stephens - Saginaw Spirit

Photo: Saginaw Spirit forward and 2015 prospect Mitchell Stephens will be an important offensive player for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

In many ways, it’s the tournament that Canada forgets — and, as evidenced by its early returns, it appears that Team Canada may have passed over the beginning of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Question marks at defense, in goal could hamper Finland’s medal aspirations

by Tony Piscotta
on
Jesse Puljujarvi - Team Finland

Photo: Karpat Oulu forward and 2016 prospect Jesse Puljujarvi will be a player of interest for NHL scouts at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The 2014-15 season has been a difficult one for Finland‘s U18 team. Both at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and in the most recent Five Nations Tournament, the squad has been uncharacteristically charitable in giving up scoring opportunities and have left their goaltenders out to dry at times. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: For the USA, no goal but gold

by Chapin Landvogt
on
Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews will lead the way for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

When it comes to USA Hockey’s U18 team, coming off gold in Belarus, gold in Germany, gold in the Czech Republic, silver in Russia and then gold again in Finland, there is little the program accepts other than excellence at the U18 level. Read more»

Related Articles