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Top-ranked prospect Seth Jones knows Avalanche have a ‘tough decision’

Jun 29, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

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In the hours leading up to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, it appears Seth Jones has made peace with the fact he may not be the first overall selection.

Jones, a defenseman, is the top-ranked North American skater, as per NHL Central Scouting, however the Colorado Avalanche, with that first overall pick Sunday, have been sending plenty of mixed signals as to who it will select.

Even if Jones isn’t taken first overall, he’ll still go early – very early – in the draft.

The Florida Panthers have the second overall pick, and Jones was, according to the South Florida-Sun Sentinel, interviewing with that club on Saturday.

“They’ve got to make a tough decision this year, with Nathan (MacKinnon) a great player along with Jonathan [Drouin],” Jones told the

“Ones over the years are special, but Chris Pronger and Drew Doughty were No. 2s, so there’s been a lot of good defensemen, great players who have gone on to great careers.”

Fueling talk of whether the Avalanche will select Jones is the player’s association to the Denver area.

His father, Popeye Jones, played for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA.

Seth Jones began playing hockey in Denver, before going on to his junior career with the Portland Winterhawks and a gold medal with the U.S. national junior team at the World Juniors in January.

So, it would make for a great homecoming story if the Avalanche were to take Jones. We’ll find out Sunday if it’s meant to be.

  1. buffalomafia - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    I wonder if he will go to Buffalo?

  2. pensman29 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    He won’t fall to buffalo they will have to trade up and get him.

  3. Exiled1 - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I think it’d a blessing for him NOT to go to the Av’s because of the constant “hometown boy” pressure that he’d be have heaped on him while there. Not that he probably couldn’t handle it and from what I’ve read it’s his boyhood dream. That said (assuming Florida drafts him at 2) he’d be able adjust to the pace of the NHL in less pressure filled situation ,and if he develops into the stud d-man they say he is he’d most certainly wind up with a contender when contract time comes.

    Who knows maybe the Panthers will be a powerhouse by that time. (…chuckle)

  4. darksidecowboy - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Umm he grew up in Dallas/Plano TX folks, and the Stars fans would give up all our left big toes for Mr. Jones. The team had to go on a winning streak at the end of the season!

    • Exiled1 - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Whatever. I just believe what that tell me on the internet. Dallas/Plano TX makes more sense since Popeye played there.

      ….ok just read the kids bio. He started playing hockey in Denver when his dad played for the Nuggets. Moved back to TX and played Bantam there. So whatever.

      I do recall an interview with him saying the Av’s are his favorite team.

      Oh well.

  5. LampyB - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    You havent given a valid reason yet on why there would be more pressure in Denver. If anything it would be less because its a hometown hero type situation. Look at Tebow, guy sucked a fat one and it was Tebow mania in Denver.

    I think youre reasoning is retarded, same pressure applies with any team when youre a top pick.

  6. acorp11 - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    God I hope we take him. As talented as Nate may be, we need defense. Badly.

  7. blackhawks2010 - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    If Avs pass on Jones, they will regret it for many years to come. Seth Jones will be a force in the NHL!

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