In 2003-04, Ryan Jones helped lead the Chatham Maroons to the Western Jr. B Championship, but they did not make it to the Sutherland Cup (the championship for OHA Junior B’s three leagues). Jones ended up MVP for the Western Jr. B league and was named a Veteran All-Star for right wing. Awards aside, he had a very good year, leading the league in scoring with 69 points (39 goals, 30 assists) in 46 games, and he was also second in playoff scoring with 26 points in 17 games (17 goals, 9 assists). Jones was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the fourth round, 111th overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft.
2004-05: Jones began play at Miami University.
2007-08: This was Jones’ senior year with Miami University (CCHA) and the team captain didn’t fail to impress. He scored a career-high 49 points (31g+18a) and earned himself CCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West First All-American Team honors. He scored 147 career points in 161 games with the Red Hawks and finished in second place on the school’s all-time goal-scoring list as well as tying for second on the NCAA Division I all-time game-winning goals list (21). He played in every single game in his collegiate career and was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award in 2008. He was named the 2008 co-Most Valuable Player of Miami University.
Jones has goal-scoring talent and a strong competitive drive. He positions himself well in the offensive zone in order to generate scoring chances and can finish with his good shot. A bit of a late bloomer. Not the quickest guy, he is big, strong and can score garbage goals. He'll need to prove he can continue to score goals in traffic in front of the net against the next level of defenders to make his way to the NHL.