Is it going ti be another Jones vs Mackinnon race or is he clear number one?
How close us it between him and Reinhart?
It's hard to say - I think this is going to be a bit like 2011 where the draft is "wide open" at the beginning ... and over the year someone starts to establish himself more. Nylander has also got a lot of positive attention.
Originally Posted by Proust
This guy is going to dominate for Sweden in a few years.
Originally Posted by IceManCat
but is he Seth Jones good..
Jones is more offensively gifted. Both are really smart players...I think Jones seems a bit smarter...although Ekblad seems more assertive and quick to be the 'game changer') Ekblad might be a bit better defensively (it's a bit hard b/c Ekblad is about a year and a half younger than Jones - and Jones played NTDP until this year...where he played WHL as a late draft b-day)...all of which is to say it's not easy to watch their games and just compare them.
imo, Ekblad won't go #1. But he'll go no worse than top 5, more likely top 3.
Only saw him play for a few games in the final but to me Ekblad looks like a real defenseman... emphasis on DEFENSE. A lot of these top prospects these days get touted for their puck-moving and 2-way ability but Ekblad's defending ability could definitely be better than that of Jones. Some players just have the sense to close gaps and get sticks in the right places - Ekblad seems like one of those guys.