The Nashville Predators, parent club of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, announced that they have has signed restricted free agent Ryan Jones to a two-year contract.
Jones, 25, played 46 games with the Predators during his rookie season, amassing 17 points (7g, 10a). The Chatham, Ont., native played his first NHL game on Oct. 10, 2008 at St. Louis and scored his first NHL goal five days later at Dallas.
The 6-1, 206-pound right wing also posted 22 points (13g, 9a) in 25 AHL games with Milwaukee, and tied for second on the Admirals in playoff goals (4) and led the team in postseason power-play markers.
Originally Minnesota’s fourth-round choice in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Jones was acquired by the Predators on July 1, 2008, along with a second-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (Charles-Olivier Roussel) for Marek Zidlicky. The Miami University alum finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer, amassing 90 goals and 147 points in 161 games.