The Colorado Avalanche will select projected number one pick Seth Jones from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
Jones has been the projected number one pick for the 2013 Draft class – and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be claimed with the top pick in the draft, with little thought.
Jones has been on championship caliber teams before, and the Colorado Avalanche are desperate to become champions again.
The 6’4″ defenseman, originally from Plano, Texas has won a silver medal and three gold medals in IIHF tournaments, and led his Portland Winterhawks to a WHL title in his first season with them.
In 61 games with the Winterhawks Jones had 14 goals, and 56 points. In route to their WHL title, Seth Jones added an additional five goals, and fifteen points, making him almost a point a game player in the regular and post season for the Portland Winterhawks.
The Memorial Cup which just wrapped up this weekend featured the Portland Winterhawks, and Jones continued his success by scoring a goal and an assist as the Winterhawks ended the tournament with a Memorial Cup second place finish – the Winterhawks lost to the Halifax Moosehead’s. The rookie defenseman ended the Memorial Cup tournament with two goals and two assists in five games.
Jones is the perfect fit for the Colorado Avalanche – needind help on the blue line.
Colorado has what they need up front, young forwards that are leading the team. The defense has been lagging behind in that regard, the second worse in the National Hockey League.
Jones will be joining Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly, and Paul Stastny as the face and the future of the Colorado Avalanche. What will make it a hard transition for Jones to the National Hockey League, is he will be the only recognizable name on that list manning the blue line.
The Colorado Avalanche could use this pick to rebuild their franchise under new head coach and vice president of hockey operations Patrick Roy; or they could be trying to like the Edmonton Oilers, stockpiling talented young players, but not able to build around them.
Seth Jones puts Colorado back in the mix for the Stanley Cup in 3-4 years.
Tune in tomorrow as the Florida Panthers make the second overall pick in the 2013 Fansided NHL Mock Draft.