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Caleb Jones sent to AHL

The Oilers have made another roster transaction today, sending rookie defender Caleb Jones to the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL.

With this move, the Oilers have just 12 forwards and six defenders on their roster. One would assume that this means either Alex Petrovic or Oscar Klefbom is ready to be activated from the Injured Reserve. Still, given Ty Rattie and Ryan Spooner going on waivers earlier today, there’s some reason to assume a bigger transaction could be on the way.

Jones was impressive during his first stint in the NHL. Though he was predictably overwhelmed while playing top-pairing minutes with Adam Larsson in recent games, Jones didn’t look out of place at the NHL level. He played 17 games, recording six points, and averaging a shade under 20 minutes of ice time per night. He also had very solid underlying numbers.

I do believe Jones is good enough to remain in Edmonton’s top-six even with a healthy Klefbom and Petrovic. That said, with Edmonton going on their break after Tuesday’s game against the Red Wings, Jones will be able to play four games with the Condors before the Oilers are back in action. That ultimately is what’s best for Jones’ development. With that in mind, the Oilers should also send Kailer Yamamoto and Jesse Puljujarvi to Bakersfield during the break.

It would be best to wait until Klefbom is back to bring Jones up again. That would allow him to play sheltered minutes on the third pair rather than being thrown right into the deep end in the top-four.



  • Dulock

    My guess is Sekera will be back or trying to save cap money going into All-Star break. I’m guessing the league doesn’t let you just demote everyone to save money for ten days.

  • Jones needs some seasoning. He’s made some costly but understandable mistakes for a rookie. When Klefbom and Sekera return, the left side of the D is still pretty crowded, and ideally if you included Russell.

    Klefbom
    Nurse
    Russell
    Sekera
    Gravel
    Manning

    I’d prefer Gravel over Manning, not just for moving capspace either.

    When Petrovic returns, right side, not so crowded:
    Larsson
    Petrovic
    Benning

    With the big losses as of late, there’s no doubt the D is the issue, as it’s always been.

    • bwar

      Jones started on the right side after his first call up playing with Gravel. Could see that pair reunited later in the year after this clustermess of #7 dmen has been cleared out.

  • To make room for Sekera: it appears they’re going with:

    Draisaitl – McDavid – Chiasson
    Khaira – Nuge – Puljujarvi
    Lucic – Brodziak – Kassian
    Rieder – Cave – Yamamoto

    Klefbom – Larsson
    Nurse – Russell
    Sekera – Petrovic
    Manning – Benning

    Koskinen
    Talbot

    Cap: $79,500,00
    Hit: $79,465,332
    Space: $34,668

    But there’s still a forward roster spot open. Sp0oner won’t get claimed but Rattie will.

  • TKB2677

    A little surprised but at the same time, Jones has looked over his head lately. He’s not just making small mistakes, he’s making HUGE ones who are directly costing goals. The Backlund goal where he basically head mans the puck to him. The Grandlund goal against the Canucks where he passes it out in front and Grandlund one times it in.

    I think he will be a player, he just needs more time.

    • Bluetomorrow

      Jones was making mistakes but those couple 5 or 6 foot passes not being received by forward in support should take same amount of blame for the goal. Its hard to have a good showing when your partner (Larsson) is playing horribly almost every shift. Larsson is making bad choices with the puck leading to extended pressure on most shifts but hopefully with Klefbom back after Allstar break he can get out of his slump

      Jones has vision, skating and passing ability so once he gets used to the speed of NHL he will be an asset for years to come. Don’t mind him going to AHL can see him back up to end the year if out of the race

  • goodtobelucky97

    Probably two reasons for sending him back to the AHL, a d-man coming off of injured reserve and the player needs a bit more time in AHL. I thought Jones had some great games in the bigs. Keep in mind, Duncan Keith played 154 games in the AHL, over 2 full seasons, before playing 1NHL game. Jones needs just a little more development. Look forward to seeing this young man in an Oiler uni again.