26-Year-Old Goalie – San Jose Sharks
Martin Jones Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Sharks in June 2015.
Jones will be the starting netminder for Friday's tilt with Montreal, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Jones did a lot of bouncing around in a short time this offseason. Following a bit of a down season as Jonathan Quick's backup, the Kings dealt him to the Bruins, who traded the restricted free agent to the Sharks, who in turn signed Jones up on a three-year deal. Now he'll battle Alex Stalock for starting duties, and although the incumbent is a narrow favorite going in, it's hard not to like Jones to beat the odds. He's generally dominated at every level of hockey, never posting a save mark under .911 since age 17 until last year's .906. Jones is also bigger and younger than Stalock, and the long-term commitment the Kings made suggests they've got plans for him. Draft him cheap and enjoy the bounce-back year.
Jones was spectacular for the Kings when Jonathan Quick went down with a groin strain in December, going 8-0 with a 0.96 GAA and a .966 save percentage to start his career. He slipped a bit in his last dozen starts or so, probably because of exhaustion, but still gave the Kings a very capable backup the rest of the way. Quick's going to get a heavy workload, but Jones could command a bit more playing time if he can continue his development as the backup in LA.
Jones had a solid season at Manchester of the AHL (27-25-4, 2.53 GAA, .919 save percentage) despite some midseason struggles and is the team's top netminding prospect with Jonathan Bernier and Jeff Zatkoff both out of the picture. Jonathan Quick's contract extension certainly puts a dent into whatever long-term value he may have had with the Kings, but he could challenge for the backup job in two years. For now, he's likely headed back to the AHL with Ben Scrivens in the fold to back up Quick.
Jones split time with fellow prospect Jeff Zatkoff in Manchester's goal last year and remains a solid prospect despite seeing his numbers slip just a bit (2.60 GAA, .919 save percentage in 41 games). Jones would seem to be the next in line for backup duties if the Kings were to trade Jonathan Bernier after Zatkoff signed a deal with the Penguins in the offseason.
Jones wrestled away the starting netminder job from Jeff Zatkoff for Manchester in the AHL with a dazzling 12-2-0 record through December before struggling down the stretch with an 11-10-1 streak in his last 22 starts. He'll get another crack at the starting job in Manchester looking to build off his solid, albeit inconsistent, season (23-12-1, .924 save percentage, 2.25 GAA) for the Monarchs.