Matt Jones

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Matt Jones

Hometown:

Lisle Illinois

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1983-08-08

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2001

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round, 80th overall, 2002 NHL Entry Draft by Phoenix

Weight:

210 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

Jones played two seasons (1999-00, 2000-01) with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. During those two seasons, Jones earned a lot of experience and got a taste of winning, as the Gamblers were a strong team during his time there. Also during those seasons, he made the U.S. national teams both years for international competition.

He moved on and played four years at the University of North Dakota. He emerged as one of the WHCA’s top defensemen and undoubtedly one of the hardest rearguards to play against, especially when he was paired with Matt Greene (EDM). During his sophomore season with the Sioux, he was named to the 2003 U.S. WJC team, which took home bronze.

2005-06: Made professional debut starting the season with the Coyotes AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Named to the league’s Planet USA All-Star squad, but couldn’t attend due to an injury. He was recalled five times by the Coyotes and saw action in a total of 16 games.

2006-07: Spent most of his time with the Coyotes. He saw an increased role with the team as other defensemen were lost to injury or trades.

Talent Analysis
Jones' best attributes are his physical style of play and his good balance. He’s a strong skater, who’s hard to knock off his skates. He can move the puck up ice and out of the zone with success. He is competent with the puck and plays with a controlled sense of urgency. He can hold the blue line and does exceptionally well at clearing the slot and blocking shots. He has good size and uses it accordingly

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