Seth Jones is best known for his ability in the defensive end, but his offensive instincts probably don’t get the credit they deserve.
The top U.S. prospect for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and No. 1 overall contender has 10 points in his first 13 games with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks.
Wednesday night, Jones took on the team that drafted him into the WHL, the Everett Silvertips. He was eventually traded to Portland when it became clear he didn’t wish to sign with the ‘tips.
I hope the folks back in Everett weren’t watching because Jones might have given them a taste of what they’re missing by scoring this nifty goal:
Hey, 6-foot-4 defensemen aren’t supposed to have moves like that. That little bit of creativity at the end to get around the defender and the hard drive to the net has to make scouts drool. To have that type of offensive know-how on top of his immense defensive capabilities is an added bonus.
Jones may not have a lengthy highlight reel like Nathan MacKinnon, his chief competition for the No. 1 spot in the draft, but he’ll be glad to have this little number to his name.
The big defenseman, a native of Plano, Texas, should get a chance to go head-to-head with MacKinnon at the World Junior Championship. Jones is likely to be a top-four blue liner for Team USA, while MacKinnon will presumably be among Canada’s gifted forward group.
(H/T Cody Nikolet for the video)