Jones Ryan Jones has been playing catch-up. Having taken a puck in the eye during a workout prior to the season, the Edmonton Oilers winger got off to a late start. In 10 games, Jones is still looking for his first goal of the year. “I feel pretty good,” said Jones. “It’s been a little bit of a tough year, I had to come off an injury and then I got sick. “I got the flu and tried to play through it in Colorado then sat the next game. It was tough, it’s like being sick any other time and trying to play a hockey game. It was draining and I got fatigued quick, especially in Colorado where the air is thin.” Heading into the season, the Oilers were looking for big things from Jones, who had come off impressive 18- and 17-goal seasons, respectively. However, in preparing for the lockout-shortened year, the Chatham, Ont., product took a puck in the eye during a workout in Minnesota. Jones needed emergency surgery to repair the damage to his left eye and was not able to start the season on time. “For Ryan Jones, coming into the group and the pace that we’ve been under, it’s a difficult phase,” said Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger. “Competition for those spots is big right now, we have strong personnel and different combinations. It’s not easy to come back in, but he just has to continue to work. He’s still not where he’d like to be and I believe the work in practice and off-ice, and when he gets to games, is going to take him where he has to be. It’s never easy to step in, in a season that is this short.” Jones’s work ethic has never come into question. It’s the reason he’s been able to carve out a spot on the Oilers roster after being waived by the Nashville Predators during the 2009-2010 campaign.
Oilers forward Ryan Jones battling way back into lineup
Edmonton Sun | Mar 20