The large information this week from the NHL is that Seth Jones is not going to be re-signing in Columbus when his contract expires after the 2021-2022 season. He’ll check free company, that means the Blue Jackets would possibly look to buy him now to salvage worth. It’s anticipated he will likely be dealt this offseason. However Seth Jones is a reputation the NY Rangers ought to keep away from in any respect prices.
There is no such thing as a match
As a lot as all of us love the following huge identify on the market, the Rangers don’t have a necessity on protection. Particularly not on proper protection. The Rangers have Jacob Trouba and Adam Fox solidified of their roles for the (doubtless) long run. They’ve a alternative between Nils Lundkvist and Braden Schneider, each of whom are anticipated to be legit NHL gamers. There’s additionally Hunter Skinner, however he’s just a few ranges down from Lundkvist and Schneider.
Whereas Jones’ contract is definitely manageable at $5.4 million for subsequent 12 months, the timing isn’t proper both. The Rangers aren’t set to be a real Cup contender subsequent 12 months. It needs to be their first playoff look because the rebuild. However that doesn’t imply Jones goes to be a man that places them over the sting.
There’s additionally the commerce value and his subsequent contract to contemplate. The Blue Jackets (be aware: JD) might want to nail that commerce, even when Jones is a rental. That’s going to be at the least a draft decide or two and a bit you don’t need to half with. Then there’s his subsequent deal, which could possibly be within the Trouba vary.
He’s actually not that good
Seth Jones is likely to be wildly overrated. His level totals have decreased every of the previous three seasons. To be honest, his 30 factors in 2019-2020 and 28 factors in 2021 had been on tempo along with his 45 factors from 2018-2019, however is that value roster gamers and $5.4 million?
When watching Jones, it’s very straightforward to see the offensive expertise. He strikes the puck properly, he’s a clean skater, and he sees the ice properly. He’s implausible with breakouts. I don’t assume anybody is difficult his expertise.
The difficulty is Jones struggles away from the puck. Jones loves his his bodily play. That’s nice. However he additionally takes himself out of place when he does so, and infrequently does this result in an precise turnover. That is the type of bodily play that we usually get pissed off with Brendan Smith about. Being bodily simply to be bodily doesn’t assist in the event you aren’t creating turnovers.
It’s straightforward to chalk this as much as ice time and opposition confronted, however this was really reviewed by JFresh, and I need to name out a selected piece right here.
However let’s really dig into Jones’ utilization a bit. Seth Jones performed the seventh most minutes per recreation amongst defencemen this season. Nevertheless it would possibly shock you to be taught that in accordance with PuckIQ, Jones really wasn’t deployed towards high competitors that a lot, rating 66th in that class. When it comes to time towards high competitors as a proportion of ice time, Jones ranked 139th out of 233, fifth amongst Jackets defencemen.
The TOI exhibits belief, but it surely appeared Jones was principally getting offensive belief. This performs into the large defensive struggles which have been famous above. In the precise system with the precise staff, that may work. However with the Rangers, it gained’t.
Cash and belongings higher spent elsewhere
For the Rangers, if they’re to make a splash for grit, they’re higher off spending cash and belongings elsewhere. If the Rangers are taking a look at Seth Jones, it might be an enormous waste of acquisition value that could possibly be used to handle an even bigger roster concern. Protection simply isn’t a necessity for them.
The type of value for Jones would possibly require belongings that the Rangers would use to land Jack Eichel or one other huge fish middle. Chris Drury has a plan, and Jones can be a deviation from the plan. He’s simply not a match for the Rangers.