The Edmonton Oilers have seen enough from Caleb Jones to know they want him around for a while. The team has signed Jones to a two-year extension that will carry an average annual value of $850K and keep him under contract through the 2021-22 season. Jones was set to become a restricted free agent this summer.
The younger brother of Columbus Blue Jackets star Seth Jones, the Oilers’ defenseman hasn’t had quite the same fanfare surrounding his arrival in the NHL. Selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, the 22-year old has taken strong steps forward in his development and now can be considered a real building block.
In 23 games this season he has just three points, but Jones is quickly becoming accustomed to the NHL game and should be in their plans as a full-time member of the defense throughout the deal. The fact that it is so inexpensive gives the Oilers some extra wiggle room when considering how to build the club next season.
Jones will still be a restricted free agent when the deal is finished, as long as he plays in 40 more NHL games by then. There’s little doubt he’ll be able to accomplish that, given the strong impression he’s left so far.