Wait over for Jones

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

EDMONTON - Its been a frustrating wait for Edmonton Oilers winger Ryan Jones.

Having suffered a knee injury that put a premature end to last season, Jones hurt his back in training camp limiting his ability to make an impression.

On Wednesday he was finally able to get back in the lineup as the Oilers defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in a shootout at Rexall Place.

I felt good out there, Jones said. I felt a little pep to my step which was nice.

In the first period, our line got running around and they capitalized and scored. Those are things you have to learn from, but its my first game and it just gets better from here.

Originally selected in the fourth round 111 overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, by the Minnesota Wild, Jones suited up in just eight games with the Oilers last season.

The native of Chatham, Ont., was claimed off waivers just prior to the trade deadline from the Nashville Predators.

In just his second game with the Oilers, Jones was injured when Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard caught him with a knee-on-knee hit.

Jones was out for a month, then attempted to make a comeback, which only lasted six games before he had to shut it down for the season.

It was a frustrating, long summer and then I had that little setback in camp. So its really nice to be back.

Jones, 26, is in a battle for one of the final forward spots on the roster.

He has a one-way contract that will pay him $975,000 this season and would have to clear waivers in order to go down to the minors.


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