Analysis

Blackhawks: Five things Caleb Jones brings to the team

By Jimmy Lynch
Caleb Jones #82, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Caleb Jones #82, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /
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Seth Jones #3, Brandon Hagel #38, Chicago Blackhawks
Seth Jones #3, Brandon Hagel #38, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

5 His Brother?

Caleb Jones is an okay defenseman. He is young and his value can be reached in Chicago if the team gives him an opportunity. One reason the team went out to acquire him probably was to pursue his brother to come to Chicago.

Seth Jones is one of the best players on the market right now, he is on the final year of his deal and will be looking for a pay raise this offseason. Maybe Chicago can get Seth Jones in a sign-and-trade deal now. If the team can trade for Seth Jones and sign him to an extension right away, then I think they can be contenders in the next year or two.

Jones would be an instant upgrade to the Blackhawks defense, and he would make the rest of the group better. The only issue is what the team would have to give up in return. There are a lot of rumors about who the Blue Jackets would ask for in return, and while I would like to say no one is off the table, I do have to mention that Chicago is not going to trade like three or four guys for Seth Jones. The team could also wait for him to hit free agency, although that is not an ideal plan either.

Speaking of brothers:

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Caleb Jones has an opportunity to be something great in Chicago in time. While what he brings to the team that I mentioned was not particularly about him at times, that is because what he brings to the team most of all is options moving forward.

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