The Capitals return home to face the Columbus Blue Jackets and will once again look to put more points between them and the Blue Jackets who are fighting to stay in a playoff position. The Jackets have always been a thorn in the side of the Caps and one player who can help control a game is Seth Jones. At 6’4″ and 210 pounds, Jones has the size to deal with the Caps heavy play and in turn has the wheels and hockey IQ to force the Caps on their heels. Along with youngster Zach Werenski, the 23 year old American has formed a nucleus Columbus can rely on for many seasons moving forward. The team locked him up to a 6 yr/ $32.4M in June ’16.
Born in Arlington, TX, Seth began playing and learning hockey in Denver where his father (Popeye) was playing NBA basketball with the local Nuggets. Having a pro athlete as a father has it’s perks at times and Popeye was able to get advice from some guy named Joe Sakic in helping his sons (other son Caleb plays in Oilers system) get their start. Not a bad guy to listen to I’d say!
Originally drafted 4th overall by Nashville in the ’13 entry draft, he was dealt in a blockbuster deal to Columbus in January ’16 with the Jackets parting ways with forward Ryan Johansen. The Caps will have their hands full with Jones ability to skate and pass the puck out of danger areas. Great on the PP, he has a cannon of a shot and rarely makes a bad play. Again, he is only 23 years old. It’s very impressive what he and Werenski are doing.
Jones is having a great season so far on the board with 8G, 25A for 33pts and barring injury has a chance to set career bests in all three categories. With 12 of those points coming with the man advantage he is making life difficult on special teams for opposition as well. Jones has not recorded a point in the last three games but did have 6 shots in the last game against Washington.
Go Caps Go