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Is Ryan Jones The Best Contract On This Year's Oilers?

Best value in 2011-12? Photo courtesy Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers

Over the summer, Ryan Jones was signed to a two year deal valued at $3M.  Some people applauded, some people shouted in anger.  After all, what were the odds of Jones repeating his eighteen goal outburst again in 2011-12?

With thirty games of the 2011-12 season in the books, it’s certainly not out of the question for Ryan Jones to hit thirty, or even thirty-five points.  TSN shows he could be a 40 point player if he keeps his current performance up. The hat-trick against Columbus surely helped, but Jones currently sits at 15 points with just over a third of the season gone.

Currently at fifteen points through thirty games (and with entry-level deals excluded), is Ryan Jones the best contract on the 2011-12 Oilers?

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A former mid-round pick of the Minnesota Wild back in 2002, Jones saw some action with the Nashville Predators (about 87 games, to be exact) before getting picked up on waivers by the Oilers.  In his first full season with Edmonton, Jones was good for 25 points (18G-7A) while the Oilers floundered to another last place finish in the league.

$3M isn’t Ovechkin type money, but it’s not scraps either.

Detractors of Ryan Jones’ play have cited his play without the puck; some of the criticism is well merited.  This year though, Jones’ game has improved enough to notice. Yes, he’s playing more with Shawn Horcoff and Eric Belanger, and while Belanger’s not scoring a bunch, he’s a better option than most of last year.  Jones is not up ice nearly as much when the play is in the Oiler zone, and the guy can PK a bit.  Take a more responsible glue guy, now add PK and 25-30 points.  How can you not get behind that?

Exclude entry level deals from the equation.  Which Oiler returns better a value than Ryan Jones at $1.5M right now?

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