The Anaheim Ducks drafted forward Max Jones with the 24th overall selection at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft this June – and now, a few months later, the team has gotten him under contract.
The Ducks officially inked Jones to his entry-level deal on Friday, as confirmed by the forward’s Twitter account. Per Cap Friendly, the deal does not include any performance bonuses for the first three years – which, according to the capology site, is the first time since 2009 that a 24th overall pick has inked that kind of deal.
A native of Rochester, Michigan, the 18-year-old winger put up 28 goals and 52 points in 63 regular season games during his 2015-16 season with the OHL’s London Knights, doing so despite playing lower on the depth chart of the Memorial Cup champion’s immensely stacked roster. He also played with a bit of an edge, though, adding 106 penalty minutes to his scoring stats sheet in the process.
As one of London’s most dynamic draft-eligible players last season, Jones should head back to the major junior club next season looking to impress Anaheim with his performance. Now that he’s under contract, though, the winger will be able to do play at the NHL level once his major junior season is over as well – and while the Ducks likely still have two years left before they see him in their lineup, seeing him under contract already is good news for the Pacific Division club.