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Ducks prospect Max Jones suspended 10 games for vicious cross-check

It’s the second major suspension for Jones.

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A top Anaheim Ducks prospect ran afoul of Ontario Hockey League officiating again this week.

The OHL handed a 10-game suspension to London Knights winger Max Jones on Thursday, days after he was ejected for cross-checking an opponent.

Jones took issue with Owen Sound Attack forward Jonah Gadjovich on Feb. 17. When Gadjovich took an extra swipe at London’s goalie and the puck after a play, Jones chased him down and delivered a cross-check to the face:

Jones was ejected, and the suspension came down a few days later. This isn’t his first noteworthy suspension. Last year, Jones sat for 12 games for a blindside hit.

The 19-year-old power forward was taken 24th overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Anaheim Ducks. GM Bob Murray addressed concerns about Jones’ style of play then, saying he was worth the risk:

“[Jones has] got to grow up a little bit,” Murray told the O.C. Register in June. “He’s immature. He’s got to grow up. If you saw after that [suspension] and watched him play, he was much better at the Memorial Cup. He was very good, very under control.

“I’d rather have to tame a guy down than have to try to prop a guy up.”

In just 29 games this year with London, Jones has 63 penalty minutes. He also has 32 points, so you take the bad with the good.