Jones Signs With Wild
CHN Staff Report
SAINT PAUL, Minn. Miami senior Ryan Jones has signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild, the team that held his draft rights.
Jones just finished his college career with a loss to Boston College in the NCAA Northeast Regional final. In the immediate aftermath, Jones said he wasn't sure if he would sign with Minnesota this year, because it wouldn't feel right. But he changed his mind by the middle of the week.
Jones was named to the Hobey Hat Trick on Wednesday as well. The Hobey Hat Trick is comprised of the top three vote getters among the 10 finalists. The winner is known, but not announced until the Frozen Four.
Jones, 23, had 49 points (31-18—49) and 83 penalty minutes in 42 games this season. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound forward added seven game-winning goals and 11 power-play tallies and ranked second in the NCAA in goals and tied for seventh in scoring.
The Chatham, Ontario, finished his career second on Miami's all-time goal scoring list and never missed a game during his four-year collegiate career, serving as team captain the last two seasons.
Jones was selected by Minnesota in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He will be assigned to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.
As per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.