Martin Jones has been forced to turn aside more praise than pucks these days as people line up to tell the 23-year-old goaltender how great he is.

With two shutouts in his first three starts and a 0.99 goals against average in his first five, a lot of people are predicting a paved road to glory for former Calgary Hitmen keeper.

“I’ve had confidence in myself that I can play in this league, but it’s nice to kind of have that validation, get the results early,” shrugged the latest jewel to be unearthed by the Los Angeles Kings. “But I’m five games into my NHL career — I haven’t really proven anything yet.”

He’s done some pretty special things already, though. He stopped all nine shooters in a shootout to beat the Anaheim Ducks in his first start, shut out the New York Islanders in his second and blanked the Montreal Canadiens in his third.

“It’s been a good start,” said the North Vancouver product, who brought a perfect 5-0 record into Tuesday’s game with the Oilers. “It’s not always going to go well, you just have to make sure you keep working and keep improving.”

That’s all he’s done since that devastating June day in 2008 when he was passed over by all 30 teams for all seven rounds of the NHL draft.

He thought the dream was dead before it even started.

Then the Kings called.

“I was fortunate to be able to come to LA’s camp that summer so I didn’t have to wait too long to get an opportunity,” he said. “So it worked out pretty well for me.

“At the time it’s disappointing, and you think it’s a little more devastating than it is. Looking back on it, I wish I could have known then what I know now — the draft is not the end all, be all.”

Turns out Jones was just a late bloomer. He went 81-16-5 over his last two seasons with the Hitmen and made the Canadian world junior team in 2010.

And while it seems like he’s coming out of nowhere to take the NHL by storm, he’s been grinding it out for a long time — three full seasons in the minors — waiting for his chance in LA.

“He’s not a guy who just showed up,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “This is his fourth year in the organization with us. He’s just a guy who didn’t come into it till he was 19 or 20, so he didn’t get the recognition as a high pick. He’s done his time.