Seth Jones

Darren Walker

Jones is as complete a defenseman you will find in this draft. He has that impressive blend of size, smooth skating ability and finesse with the puck you want in a true franchise blueliner. Jones gets around the ice well with a powerful yet effortless stride. He has impressive lateral agility for such a big guy; the speed to both create problems to defend off the rush as well as get back in plenty of time to recovery off a turnover. He is patient with the puck in the offensive zone and at times is almost like a fourth forward when he pinches down low. Jones has a real offensive weapon in his slap shot as it is extremely hard and he has the ability to get it on net consistently, despite traffic. He does not drive his passes or shots into shin pads but instead find open lanes. The 6-foot-4 defender shows good anticipation in the D zone, strong lateral movement and is calm with puck while being forechecked. He has a very large wingspan which helps with impressive containment and solid gap control. The Portland standout thinks the game with the maturity of a 10-year NHL veteran. He processes the game at a high speed but with composure and calmness to how he acts in pressure situations. Jones transitions the play from the defensive to offensive smooth and quickly. He plays with his head up constantly read- ing the play and always engaging with either a subtle physical play or by use of his active stick. He can play in any situation, is extremely coachable and can log loads of minutes. (May 2013)