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Los Angeles Kings Phenomenally Successful Rookie Goaltender Martin Jones Assigned to the Manchester Monarchs

January 5th, 2014 at 4:33 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings Dean Lombardi announced Sunday that rookie-goaltender Martin Jones has been assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Jones had stepped in as Ben Scrivens back-up when starting goaltender Jonathan Quick had been placed on long-term injured reserve, and the Kings couldn’t have asked for a better replacement. In 11 games he managed to be the NHL’s second star of the week, the NHL’s Co-Rookie for the month of December with the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta, first goaltender in the League’s history to allow an average of less than one goal per game while winning each of his first five career games, stop all shootout attempts, and tie the record for best-career NHL Starts. In his NHL career start in 11 games he gained the record of 8-3-0, with 1.41 Goals Against Average, .950 Save Percentage and three Shutouts.

Quick had suffered a grade-two groin strain injury during the overtime of a shootout loss against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Quick returned to the line-up on Saturday and showed no sign indicating any change, as he played like he had not skipped a beat.

Saturday the Kings also traded forward Daniel Carcillo to the New York Rangers for a 2014 NHL Draft seventh round pick, allowing Quick to return to the line-up. With Jones being assigned back to the Monarchs as well that leaves an open spot on the current roster of 22 players. The Kings can recall Tanner Pearson or Linden Vey, unless there are any other transactions to still occur.

Jones, a native of North Vancouver, B.C., made his NHL debut against the Anaheim Ducks on December 3, where the Kings won in a shootout. He went on to start four more consecutive games that would be on the road. He got a shutout against the New York Islanders on December 7, and got a consecutive shutout against the Montreal Canadiens on December 10. Jones had extended his shutout streak to 177:16 minutes, until a second period goal from the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 11 ended it. He ended his week saving 37 of the Ottawa Senators shots as the Kings won 5-2 on December 14. When the team returned home Jones went on to get his sixth start, getting a 3-0 shutout against the Edmonton Oilers, on December 17. His seventh start was against the San Jose Sharks on December 19 where he helped gain the 4-1 victory with some amazing point blank saves. Against the Colorado Avalanche is where Jones made history tying the record for best-career NHL start with Bob Froese (who set the eight game record with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1982-83 season), stopping all three of the Avalanche’s shooters to give the Kings a 3-2 shootout victory and make a name for his young career. After that Jones lost three games.

For the week ending December 15, he was named the second star of the NHL’s “Three Stars Of The Week.” The reason were as follows: According to Elias Sports Bureau, Jones is the first goaltender in the League’s history to allow an average of less than one goal per game while winning each of his first five career games. As if Jones’ stats aren’t impressive enough, he stopped all 12 shootout attempts (Ducks and Avalanche).

Jones ended the month of December 8-2-0, 1.29 Goals Against Average, .955 Save Percentage and three Shutouts alongside Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta, 8-1-3, 2.23 Goals Against Average, .912 Save Percentage and one Shutout, naming them the NHL’s Co-Rookies for the month of December.

Jones was signed as a unrestricted free-agent by the Kings on October 2, 2008. Jones carries a $550,000 cap hit being active on the roster and is signed through the 2014-15 season, then he will become a restricted free agent.

Jones’ future sure looks bright and we thank and wish him the best of luck!

Tags: Hockey, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, Martin Jones, NHL

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