UPDATED: Oil nab F Ryan Jones off waivers

           Ryan Jones #38 of the Nashville Predators reacts after scoring the eventual game-winning goal against goaltender Erik Ersberg #31 of the Los Angeles Kings late in the third period during the NHL game at Staples Center on March 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Predators defeated the Kings 4-3.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Jones

After completing a trade with Nashville yesterday, the Oilers have claimed winger Ryan Jones, 26, off waivers from the Preds today.

Here’s what The Hockey News has to say…

ASSETS: Plays with an all-out hustle that gets him noticed by his coaching staff. Can play either wing position. Has good size and decent offensive ability.

FLAWS: Isn’t great in the defensive zone. Needs to perform with greater consistency at the highest level. Must be more disciplined and not take bad penalties.


CapGeek lists Jones as a $975,000 cap hit through the end of next year.

Some quick twitter reactions…

Gregor: Grabbing Jones means the Oilers have 14 forwards…so they can move two and still have 12 for tonight…two vets for picks, makes sense?

Willis: I’m a fan of the Jones pick-up. With any luck he takes Jacques’ spot in the lineup next season.

Stay tuned for more from Gregor, Brownlee & Willis. And checkout the Jean Lefebvre’s liveblog over at FlamesNation for up to the minute commentary on deadline day.