D Seth Jones - Portland Winterhawks (2013 Draft)
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01-02-2013, 07:34 AM
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Jones is still pretty raw and he has been caught trying to do too much at times.
That said, his 1-on-1 defensive play is absurdly good, he can be physically dominant at times, and he is extremely effective at thwarting the forecheck. Also breaks the puck out very well with a solid first pass and has shown elite skating ability for a player his size and age. Works the blueline very well and projects to be a more than capable PP QB. The way he plays the game as an offensive defenseman reminds me a lot of Dustin Byfuglien, though Jones's defensive ability and his overall skill level are higher.
Jones still has a lot of work to do on his defensive zone positioning and risk taking. He can generally make up for it now but at the next level he could be in for a rude awakening. I still think he's got the highest ceiling of anyone in this draft.
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