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03-10-2013, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Asher View Post
If they pick Jones will he be playing in the NHL next year? I feel very worried about rushing a defenseman.
yeah, this is my feeling as well... i don't think jones should be in the NHL next year, but recently picked loterry dmen have mostly all made the jump ... below are the dman chosen top-5 since 2008, and NHL GP played the next year

2008 - doughty (81), bogosian (47), pietrangelo (8), schenn (70)
2009 - hedman (74)
2010 - gudbranson (0)
2011 - larsson (65)
2012 - murray, reianhart, rielly (it appears that all will likely not play any NHL games this year)

of the 10 dmen taken, 5 played significant time with the NHL club the following year.... none of them were #1 overall picks, with maybe only hedman, larsson and doughty having the pre-draft hype that jones currently has.... edmonton likely has a much worse defence than pretty much any of the teams that drafted these players had at the time.... if edmonton somehow ends up taking jones, barring injury, he'll be playing in the NHL next year

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