Ryan Jones is done for the season. Near the start of the season, Jones was sent to OKC on waivers. He cleared, and it seemed as though he may become a major minor player, adding toughness and experience to the farm group. But that was before the Oilers played themselves out of a playoff spot by November. It became clear that acquisitions like Will Acton and Ryan Hamilton were not NHL calibre yet. So, due to the lousy depth on the Oilers bottom six, he found his way back onto the fourth line. The results? Four goals. This after 35 in his previous two seasons. Now the fan favorite winger is out with a torn PCL and what could be considered the end of his career if rehab isn’t totally successful.
At the same time, Jones has played with his regular level of gusto. But gusto doesn’t restore eyesight. Near the start of the shortened 2013 lockout season, Jones got a puck in the eye, and since, has not been the same. To be frank, many didn’t expect Ryan Jones to stick with the squad this year. Now, he has lost a great deal of value, having become what could be seen as injury prone after this damage to his knee.
In light of his season ending injury, the Oilers may now roll with eleven forwards and seven defensemen. The OKC Barons are in the midst of a major playoff push, and the organization doesn’t want to jeopardize their chances by calling up a player. That’s wise, especially considering the Oilers have nothing left to prove except for not playing completely horrible to finish the 2013-14 season. Sadly, Mark Arcobello is hurt–he would’ve been good to have up here one more round.Tyler Pitlick is likely to take Jones’ place.
It’s kind of unbelievable the team has only nine games left already. Ryan Jones will not suit up for any of them, and the last time you saw him skate might be the last time you see him as an Oiler. His grit and passion will be missed. (Of course, I could be wrong and he may re-appear next season on the fourth line but I’m not counting on it. )