With Ryan O'Reilly back, it seems odd to say he centers the third line, because he undoubtedly is one of the Avalanche's top forwards. But David Jones was "demoted" to O'Reilly's line Wednesday.
Jones had only three goals in 23 games while playing right wing on the Paul Stastny-centered line, mostly with Gabe Landeskog on the left side. He practiced Wednesday with O'Reilly and left wing John Mitchell. Veteran Milan Hejduk is scheduled to return to the lineup and replace Jones on Stastny's line.
The adjusted line combinations is an attempt by coach Joe Sacco to get Jones more involved in the offense.
"It's been a while now, where Jonesey has had some struggles. He needs to get his game going," Sacco said of Jones, who has only 47 shots and a weak 6.4 shooting percentage. "He's a big-bodied winger. He's got to play physical. He's got to win one-on-one puck battles. He's got to get going, and I have to find a way to get him going. He needs to be a bigger part of our team, and he can be."
Colorado Avalanche's David Jones on Ryan O'Reilly's line now
Denver Post | Mar 14