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04-30-2013, 12:20 PM
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Is there a single player in Juniors that would be successful in the NHL without adjusting how he plays?
I've seen plenty of examples of outstanding vision by Jones in the offensive zone, along with numerous examples of anticipating the play and shutting it down before it became threatening in the defensive zone.
He's not Nik Lidstrom, but he's got plenty of hockey sense.
But his play style is such a large part of why he's getting the hype he is. The whole "notice Jones every time he is on the ice" is a direct result of his aggressive play in the offensive and neutral[!!] zones. He's not going to be able to do that against bigger, faster, and better competition in the NHL.
Does he have the potential to be a franchsie defenseman? Absolutely. I just don't think he actually will be one. Hopefully he proves me wrong, as he's a hell of a lot of fun to watch. It's a lot easier to draft a superstar forward than a superstar defenseman with an early pick. Granted, the defensemen also have a lower rate of full out busts.
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