May 05, 2016

Brad Jones

Brad Jones played 148 games with 3 teams in the NHL mostly because of one attribute - his speed.

Jones was an exceptionally fast skater in terms of straight ahead speed, always the fastest on his team, maybe the fastest in the league in the early 1990s.

However he had little interest in getting involved physically, Jones would have found himself a permanent NHL home had he been more aggressive. His effectiveness would have been greatly improved had he darted in and out of the slot and corners, taking hits to make plays, and creating scoring chances using his quick acceleration. His inability to do this severely limited his ice time to only penalty killing duty where his speed was used in pursuit of loose pucks.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sterling Heights, Michigan native split his post NHL days with North American minor league teams and European squads in Finland, Switzerland and Germany. Jones also played on the 1988 US National Team before jumping to the NHL, but was a late cut for the 1988 Olympic squad.

Jones was a 8th round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1984. They traded him to Los Angeles in 1990 for wily veteran Phil Sykes. Philadelphia signed him as a free agent in 1991.

In 148 career games he scored 25 times and set up 31 others for 56 points.

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