New York Islanders Calling Up Connor Jones Makes No Sense
The New York Islanders called up Connor Jones to replace John Tavares who is week to week with an injury. This move makes no sense at all.
In what seemed like an awful attempt at an April Fools Day prank the New York Islanders announced that they called up Connor Jones to replace the injured John Tavares. It isn’t a laughing matter.
Most of you probably said “Who?” When you heard this name and I wouldn’t blame you. He’s the Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ fourth line center.
Yep, the Isles replaced John Tavares their top line center with a fourth line AHL center. Fantastic.
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In 56 games the 26 year old has five goals and 13 assists (18 points). It’s numbers you would expect from your fourth line center. It just seems like there were better options out there, for instance, Bracken Kearns.
Kearns is the leading scorer for Bridgeport with 23 goals and 26 assists (49 points). Plus, just like Jones and Tavares he’s a center.
Calling up the leading scorer from the Sound Tigers makes sense, calling up the 14th best scorer does not.
I would even be on board with giving Michael Dal Colle a shot. Dal Colle was drafted 5th overall in 2014 by the Islanders. After Josh Ho-Sang’s success at the NHL level, why not see what Dal Colle is down the stretch here.
He’s a left winger, but the Isles could still shuffle up the lines a bit to make it work.
The Isles likely aren’t making the playoffs anyway so at least make these final games productive and use it as an evaluation period. See what you have going into next year and where these guys are in their development.
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Connor Jones is not going to be a part of the Isles future. So why give him a chance in the first place? Another head scratching move from the 2016-2017 Islanders.