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Dream match-up: Winterhawks, Seth Jones, advance to Memorial Cup final against Mooseheads

May 25, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

The top three North American prospects heading into the NHL Draft will compete for the Memorial Cup.

The Portland Winterhawks, with defenseman Seth Jones, the top-ranked North American skater, defeated the London Knights in the semifinal on Friday night, setting up the highly anticipated championship match-up with the Halifax Mooseheads.

The Mooseheads are led by Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, who are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the final Central Scouting draft rankings.

According to an article in the Oregonian, it is the first time in 15 years the Winterhawks will in the final of the Memorial Cup.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Winterhawks’ head coach Travis Green told the Canadian Press.

“It was a tough game tonight. I thought London played extremely well, especially after playing four games in five nights. Very impressive team that we beat tonight. It was a hard-fought game.”

  1. kingsforever - May 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    How many more times does MacKinnon need to rip around Jones until he moves back into the number 1 ranked spot and Jones fall to 2? It’s weird to be ranked 1 but be consistently embarrassed when playing against #2

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      Mackinnon isn’t doing it alone, Drouin is a top 3 prospect as well and plays on the same team and the same line as Mackinnon.

      Personally I think Drouin might have the highest cieling in the upcoming draft aside from Jones, but how many d-man ever have to take on two top 3 prospects on one line in legit competition…..i.e..outside of an all star game?

      Jones is a man-child with his size and skill set. A couple games against a ultra offensively loaded Halifax team should not change anyone’s mind.

    • grizzledvets - May 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Well, considering it’s only happened once, I’d say at least a few more times.

  2. RICHSON ARUMAN - May 25, 2013 at 2:44 AM

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