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Get to know a draft pick — Seth Jones

Jun 26, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

Seth Jones #3 of Team McClanahan skates in warmups prior to his game against Team Housley at the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at the First Niagara Center on September 29, 2012 in Buffalo, New York.
(September 28, 2012 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Sunday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Seth Jones (D)

Height: 6’4 Weight: 205 Shoots: Right

Team: Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Country: USA

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 1 among North American skaters

What kind of player is he?

The son of ex-NBAer Popeye Jones is considered to have franchise cornerstone potential, the type of all-around blueliner a team can build its defense around. He’s drawn comparisons to Chris Pronger and Rob Blake, and says he models his game after Drew Doughty.

He’s got the size and physical attributes to play the tough, shutdown game required of NHL defensemen, but also has plenty of offensive flair. Jones scored 56 points in 61 games for the Winterhawks this season and was a point-a-game producer for Team USA’s gold medal-winning team at the 2013 World Juniors.

Scouts routinely praise Jones as a “complete package.”


“I played against [Jones] at World Juniors, and he’s a great defenseman. He’s really big and is a good offensive defenseman. He really hurt us.” — Team Canada and Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau, 2013 Calder Trophy winner (as per the Miami Herald).

  1. yearsbehindhockey - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    mackinnon mopped the floor with him

    • alicesrightfootesq - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      How’d MacKinnon do in the World Juniors against him again?

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        How much ice time did Mac get at the WJC? Kinda hard to get time on that team as a 16 year old.

  2. valarmorghuliss - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    The only obvious flaw with Jones is he’s too damn nice. Give him a mean streak like Pronger and Chara and he could be a great Dman in 4 years.

  3. baddogjosie - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I watched this kid play 7-8 times this past season and you could really see his game develop as the season went along. He logged a lot of ice time and was contributing every shift. Whoever gets him will be happy.

  4. letsgolightning - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Please fall to 3….

  5. hazlydose - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    I bet his name doesn’t get called friday in the first round because the draft starts two days later…

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:37 PM


    • Mike Halford - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      I get days mixed up. Is it Monday right now? I don’t even know.

  6. kingcobraman - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    I bet all 30 GM s would love this guy in there system…

  7. joelwrobinson - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    And the avs are going to pass on this guy why?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Some of the projections fear his game may translate into the NHL. I have no idea, I’m just regurgitating what I’ve heard

    • nikolainyr - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Really it’s just because defencemen taken at #1 don’t usually have strong careers. D-men are tough to predict, and take longer to develop. #1 guys are typically in the NHL immediately and don’t get the development time defencemen need. Only very successful #1 overall d-man in draft history was Dennis Potvin. Compare that to Roman Hamrlik, Erik Johnson, and Chris Phillips.
      Since Jones is a CHL player, he would need to stay in juniors until age 20 because of AHL age limit (I think, may be wrong). You typically want to see a defencemen go at least a year against full grown pros before going to the NHL. Particularly a guy who has yet to figure out how to use his size against players he can’t simply overpower. It’s easier to dominate teenagers at 6’4″ than pros.
      Whereas you can just put MacKinnon in the lineup in October and see how he does.
      That said, you should always take best player available and Seth Jones is that

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