What to do with Martin Jones?

One game doesn’t make a career. He isn’t a bust. The Kings shouldn’t trade him.

Just sayin’ – he sure hasn’t risen to the occasion when there’s a crown on his chest.

I interviewed over a dozen players selected at this past June’s NHL Draft. Every one of them who played in the WHL listed Martin Jones as the toughest goalie they had ever faced. His teammates from the Canadian contingent at the World Junior Championships sang his praises. In April he was crowned the WHL goaltender of the year.

Rewind to last September, when the Kings met the Coyotes in game one of their annual two-game rookie series. Final score, 6-1 Phoenix. Jones suffered the loss and gave up all six goals.

After that game, he had the following to say of his performance “It’s hard to bring a bunch of guys together and try and get them game ready in a week and try and get chemistry going…In a game like that you need your goalie to make a save, keep you in it early and I don’t think I did that tonight”.

Fast forward twelve months, this time it was the late saves.

In game one of this year’s doubleheader between the same two teams, Jones gave up four goals – including three in the third period…with the final one inside of two minutes left in the game.

Jonathan Bernier will play in Los Angeles this year.  Thus, everybody is expected to get a bump up.  Jeff Zatkoff moves from the Monarchs back-up to the starter.  Jones was then to slide in as his understudy.

Which brings us to 19-year old JF Berube.  The Kings fourth round selection in the 2009 draft has played the last two seasons with the Montreal Juniors of the QMJHL.

Last September, he was more than solid in the LA-Phoenix series…shutting out the ‘Yotes 4-0 in the second game, earning the Kings a split.

And guess what?  He’ll be back in net on Wednesday, looking to help the Kings close out the series with a win for the second year in a row…this time for a sweep

Even if he stands on his head again though, he’s still expected to be back in the ‘Q’ this season, minus a few week absence over the Christmas break (he’ll be joining Team Canada for the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY).

Which gets us back to the original question.  What to do with Martin Jones?

Ah, relax.  It was only a glorified scrimmage.  He’ll be just fine, right?

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES

Interview with JF Berube

LA-PHX Rookie Game Preview with Kyle Clifford

2010 Camping Guide – Interview with Corey Elkins

2009 Rookie Game One Recap – Dice show seven, Kings crap out

2009 Rookie Game Two Recap – Coyotes turned away, not on the list

photo courtesy of LAKings.com
.

Recent Articles

Berube AHL

Berube Big in Net Again, Answers On and Off-Ice Questions

LA Kings goaltending prospect J.F. Berube spoke exclusively with MayorsManor following the Manchester Monarchs four-game sweep in the AHL’s Eastern Conference Final… On the game overall: “I think we just played a strong road game. We put pressure on them the whole game and we were more disciplined than the past couple games. We didn’t […]

Berube AHL Manchester playoffs 2015 by Tilton

Berube Quotes After Backstopping Monarchs to 3-0 Lead in ECF

Kings goaltending prospect J.F. Berube made 17 saves on 20 shots in Manchester’s 5-3 victory in Game 3, now giving them a 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final. Following the Monarchs win, Berube shared the following… On tonight’s win: “I think the third one is always the hardest one to go get. I […]

Mersch Michael AHL Monarchs

Manchester Monarchs ECF Game 2: Postgame Quotes Michael Mersch

LA Kings prospect Michael Mersch scored a hat trick in the Monarchs 7-4 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.  Mersch now has five goals in the first two games of the series, and leads the AHL in rookie scoring this postseason with 18 points. After the Game 2 victory, here is what […]

Major News Items

Forbort AHL Burger King

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top 5

Finally, the wait is over. With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we are now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top … [Read More...]

More Prospect News