Edmonton Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones has confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19, telling reporters today that he did not experience many symptoms and has since recovered. Jones doesn’t know how exactly he contracted the virus. He had been deemed “unfit to play” on the first few days of Oilers training camp but joined his teammates today.
Jones is looking to continue on an impressive season with the team, where he made the leap full-time from the minor leagues and recorded nine points in 43 games. The 23-year old has steadily improved since his selection in the 2015 draft (117th overall) and looks poised to be a part of the Oilers blueline for years to come.
- The BCHL, one of the top leagues for junior-aged players in Canada who wish to keep their NCAA eligibility, is planning on starting its season on December 1. Training camps will actually be permitted to start as early as September 8, but the regular season will be delayed considerably. Jay O’Brien, a Philadelphia Flyers first-round pick from 2018, was one of the highest-profile players in the BCHL last season after leaving Providence College. O’Brien was waiting out a transfer year before joining Boston University for the 2020-21 season, and recorded 66 points in 46 games for the Trail Smoke Eaters.
- Marc-Andre Fleury was back on the ice for the Vegas Golden Knights today after missing the first three days of camp due to “maintenance.” Head coach Peter DeBoer told reporters that the absence did not have to do with a positive COVID-19 test. Fleury, 35, is one of the most experienced goaltenders in the league and has played in 142 playoff contests (winning the Stanley Cup three times) but will have to battle Robin Lehner for the chance to play this summer.