I know it's a big proposition, and he still has to outplay the likes of Carlson, Faulk, E. Johnson, J. Johnson, Orpik, etc., but does he have a real shot? The things I'm hearing about him have him compared to being the next Pronger, so why not consider him for the Olympics? Any thoughts?
I am willing to take the chance that he will not be:
i) as good as Doughty;
ii) paired with Scott Niedermayer or Duncan Keith.
Again, please send Seth Jones to Sochi in 2014.
We don't know yet how good Jones will be but Doughty proved that a guy that young can perform well on the biggest of stage. Regardless of who he was paired with, he might have been the best defenceman in Vancouver.
Highly unlikely but not impossible. If Jones were to come in and immediately have a Drew Doughty like impact, he'd certainly be in the discussion. But, that's not common, regardless of how good Jones is a prospect. Another factor working against Jones would be that since he's a late birthday he's obviously not eligible to be in the draft until 2013 and thus, if he were to immediately play in the NHL and have a Doughty like impact he'd still only be in the middle of his rookie season when Sochi would roll around. A guy like Doughty had a full rookie season and then was in the middle of his 2nd year when he made the Vancouver team. That extra experience is enormous and would be another factor working against Jones.
I hate to dismiss anything but I can't see it happening. I could see Jones sneaking onto one of the next 2 World Championship squads though, especially with how little interest in generates among the American NHLers, although hopefully that interest will be eleveated here for the next tournament as players want to audition for Sochi.
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too many names ahead of him that are young but more proven : McDonagh, Shattenkirk, Faulk, Bogosian, Gardiner, Fowler, Carlson etc...
I hope he is in the NHL right after his draft and has a monster rookie season in 2014, but our defense is our strength, just too many players to have to jump over imo, though anything is possible...lets see how the kids does in the WHL before we start thinking about this
Bumping this thread. After his start, I'd say he has a more substantial chance now. Still more likely to go as a 6th or 7th defenseman (if he goes), but, like I said, I think he still has a better shot than most people think.
Barkov will go to Sochi and calder eligible Vatanen is a Lock to the team.
From the 2 rookie defensmen Olli Määttä is closer to a spot than Rasmus Ristolainen.
Both have higher chance now that Finland lost 2 lock defensmen since the summer in Toni Lydman (Concussion+Retirement) and Joni Pitkänen (Season Long Injury).