This past week, the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings made the signing of goaltender Nick Jones official. The Calgary, AB. product originally heard his named called by the Wheat Kings in the fifth round (93rd overall) of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. A year-and-a-half later, has has put pen to paper on his first WHL deal.
The standard player agreement will see the 16-year-old backstop given every opportunity to earn his way onto the Wheat Kings’ squad in the coming years. Although goalies are typically given additional time to develop, Brandon will most likely have an opening in the blue paint in the near future.
“Nick has shown great strides in his development and we really like what we see in his game,” Wheat Kings GM Darren Ritchie said in a team-issued press release last week. “Our Assistant GM, Doug Gasper, and myself believe in Nick and we are happy for him and his family to sign with our organization”.
Jones has joined his local U-18 Calgary Buffaloes AAA team for the start of the 2020-21 season, after playing out 21 games in the U-16 AAA league with the CBHA Rangers last season. He had a 3.16 goals against average and a .918 save percentage there, before picking up wins in each of his four starts this season.
In working through the Bisons, Rangers and Buffaloes systems in Calgary, the big six-foot, 190-pound backstop currently owns one shutout, a 1.50 goals against average and a stellar .945 save percentage in his four league games prior to the COVID-19 shutdown.