Rangers extending promising defenseman Zac Jones

The New York Rangers announced on Friday a two-year extension for defenseman Zac Jones.

According to Puckpedia, the deal structure is as follows:

Year 1: $800K
Year 2: $825K

The AAV on the deal is $812,500 and he will be an RFA (no arbitration rights) with an $866,000 qualifying offer when it expires.

Rangers extend Zac Jones

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Nov 3, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Boston Bruins center Trent Frederic (11) and New York Rangers defenseman Zac Jones (6) fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jones, 22, played with the Blueshirts this season registering 1 goal and 1 assist for two points in 16 games.

When it became clear that the youngster would not be getting consistent playing time to develop his skills, the Rangers sent him to their AHL affiliate. In 54 regular-season games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Jones picked up 8 goals and 23 assists for 31 points.

The left-handed defender was a key cog in the Pack ending a long playoff drought and winning two rounds. He notched 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points in 9 postseason matches.

Jones hails from Richmond, Virgina and was taken in the third-round of the 2019 NHL Draft. During his brief NHL career spanning 38 games over 3 seasons, Jones has amassed 1 goal and 7 assists.

New York desperately needs a young cost-controlled left defenseman for their third pair to partner with Braden Schneider.

Jones will likely compete with fellow prospect Matthew Robertson and veteran Ben Harpur for that spot at training camp in September.