The Colorado Avalanche have had a very disappointing season to this point, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better any time soon. Most of the focus for their struggles has been on their blue line, but it hasn’t been perfect up on the forward ranks either this season.
David Jones might just be the most disappointing player on this club in 2013. He’s stuck in a slump on the stat sheet and after spending some time in the press box in the past week, it looks like everyone is starting to take notice.
On the season, David Jones has just seven points. He only has three goals and four assists. The fact that he’s playing in the top six makes his poor production even more of an issue for the Avalanche, having spent a great deal of time next to Paul Stastny.
Jones signed a four-year deal last summer, which carries a $4 million cap hit. That’s big money for a guy with just seven points in 26 games and a minus-10. Coming off of back-to-back 20-goal seasons, you could understand why the Avs might want to lock him up. That signing is looking like a failure at this point.
Jones spent some time in the press box towards the end of the week, right next to Jamie McGinn. This was obviously Joe Sacco attempting to send a message. It will be interesting to see if it works.
The Avalanche need more out of David Jones. He’s been a productive player the past couple of years, so one would imagine he’ll break out of this slump soon. At least that’s the hope, when he’s playing with some of the talent in the middle that this Colorado club actually has.