Striking a cut and well-proportioned 215 pounds on his hulking 6-foot-3 frame, Max Jones no doubt carries the physique of a mature NHL player. A heaping slice of confidence comes with that. It is evident in simple conversation with fellow Ducks prospects within a locker room, or assessing his desire to make the leap from junior hockey to a Western Conference power in front of inquiring reporters. At 19, Jones already carries a presence. His response to a question about being challenged enough in the Ontario Hockey League is a bold one. “I don’t know if it’s about that,” Jones said at the Ducks’ prospect camp earlier this month. “I just think … I won a Memorial Cup. I think it’s time to move on and try to win a Stanley Cup. That’s kind of what my idea is. “I want to step into the big leagues and I want to … for years and years I’ve been watching teams win that Stanley Cup and that’s all I want to do right now. Start playing and try to win a Stanley Cup.” Quickly following that up with a clarification that he’s not knocking the competition level of playing with juniors, Jones just spoke of his eagerness to bang bodies with someone such as Dustin Byfuglien. Yes, that 6-foot-5, 265-pound Dustin Byfuglien.
Max Jones is out to show Ducks he is ready for the next big step
Orange County Register | Jul 22