I don't see how Jones is undisputed #1. Mackinnon looks just as good to me.
I don't think he's undisputed. I've seen MacKinnon at the top of more than one list, and even Drouin at the top of one blog list somewhere... It's just that Jones is a Denver native, grew up around the Avs... has been mentored by Sakic. At this point, I think it would be a PR nightmare if the Avs didn't take Jones first. And lord knows, they need a franchise blue-liner. And the Panthers need a franchise C to anchor a line with Huberdeau for the next 12-15 years.
I dont get that, if the goalie kicks it in, preventing the player from getting his stick on it. should that not be a goal. Would it be different if Halifax's defence kicked it in?
I think the reasoning is, the shot on goal is essentially invalid. So it doesn't matter if the goalie touches the puck on its way into the net. If a Halifax defender had touched it, it would have counted though.
Portland definitely took control of that period as it progressed. Halifax looked increasingly unsure of themselves as the Portland forecheck started to assert itself, and the turnovers followed.
Anyone's game now. Whoever wants it more will take it. Go Moose!