Ryan Jones is hoping to make the most of his chance with the Oilers this season.
The 29-year-old was recalled from the AHL on Oct. 15 and has played well enough to be elevated to top-line minutes with David Perron ailing. He knows consistency has eluded him his career. "I’ve had good stretches throughout my career but the one thing I honestly can’t say I’ve done, is put together 25, 30 games where the coach can say, ‘Ah, I’ll put you out there all the time," Jones said. "I’ve shortened my term of thinking. In those years I had the 17, 18 goals, I was thinking if I could score once every four games that would make me a 20-goal scorer. That was my goal because I thought I could help the team that way. But what would happen is that I could go three games without scoring but then if I scored in the fourth, I could justify that. Now I go in thinking I want to have the best game I’ve had all year. Even more short term than that, every shift I go out, I want to make an impact one way or another."
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 09:31:00 AM