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Los Angeles Kings: Well-Accomplished Rookie Goaltender Martin Jones Turns 24

January 10th, 2014 at 6:59 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The 6’4” 187-pound goaltender from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Martin Jones turned 24-year old on January 10, so lets take a look at his well accomplished young career thus far.

Jones was signed as a unrestricted free-agent by the Kings on October 2, 2008, he was eligible to be drafted but went undrafted. Before that The Calgary Hitmen selected Jones in the fourth round of the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft and he played for them from 2006-10.

From 2007-08 he helped Calgary advance to the Easter Conference Finals and 2008-09 he helped the team advance to the WHL Finals as one of the top goaltenders in the WHL. He always ranked first or second in any category. In 2009-10 he helped Calgary capture the WHL Championship and Memorial Cup. Jones was the WHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player, named Outstanding Goaltender at Memorial Cup (Hap Emms Memorial Trophy) and selected to Memorial Cup All-Star Team. 2010-11 he was in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs being named to the 2011 AHL All-Star Team and being the AHL Rookie of the Month in December.

In November of 2013 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.

Jones 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. In January when Quick returned he headed back to the Manchester Monarchs.

Happy Birthday and Best Wishes Jones!

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