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02-05-2013, 03:21 PM
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Halpysback
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Defensemen undergo far more changes in development than forwards from their junior years onward. I'm far more comfortable projecting MacKinnon, Barkov, Monahan, Lindholm, etc. than Jones. I have a feeling that's why defensemen selected top 5 have generally been underwhelming compared to the forwards selected there.

Only thing that would sell me on defenseman taken in the top 5 is absolutely elite hockey sense (again, harder to glean in juniors when competition can be dominated without it) in addition to at the very least above average skating and no physical deficiencies, or if the rest of the forward class is obviously a notch below him in terms of abilities. I'd take Barkov and MacKinnon easily over Jones and give the rest top players some thoughts as well, though if we took him with those 2 off the table I wouldn't complain in the least.

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