As a fellow Sioux fan I would love to see him play at UND, but I just don't see it happening due to the wide perception that the CHL is the quickest (and best) route to the NHL (imo it depends on the player/situation, Jones would do well anywhere). I also think it comes down to whether or not he wants to be able to focus on hockey 24/7 or if he's willing to split his time between hockey and school. Given that he wants to play in the NHL in a year, I imagine he'll want to focus on just hockey.
Just saw that. Portland looks formidable well into the future if he signs! Gotta think Everett is hurting, they spent a first on him. Portland has done this in the past with a few players; landing Cam Reid but not Rocco Grimaldi. Portland would go from a shrinking team to a giant one with Keegan Iverson, Alex Schoenborn and Seth Jones.
What are the odds he's interested in coming to Portland? Gotta think the NCAA route is the favorite if Everett was willing to trade negotiation rights.
The Plano, Texas native has indicated that he will either play at the University of North Dakota or in the Western Hockey League next season following the completion of his two-year stint with the NTDP.