2013 NHL Mock Draft - Seth Jones Goes To Columbus

Derek Zona
March 05 2013 10:42AM

Ryan Murray
Will Kekalainen add Seth Jones to Ryan Murray on the blueline, or will he go with Drouin or MacKinnon?
Photo by: Fanny Schertzer, via Wikimedia Commons

Seth Jones has seperated himself from the pack and has become a strong be to be the first overall pick at the NHL Draft in June.  There's just one problem - the Blue Jackets drafted defender Ryan Murray last season at #2 overall after losing the draft lottery to the Edmonton Oilers.  Will Columbus take another blueliner or will Jarmo Kekalainen go with Nathan MacKinnon or the fast-rising Jonathan Drouin at #1 and leave Jones for the Buffalo Sabres?

Poor Columbus.  Just a month ago, they had three picks in the top 12 at #5, #8, and #12.  As the Rangers and Kings move up in the standings, those picks are falling through the first round.  Our Predictive Model shows the Jackets drafting #1, #19 and #21 now.

The mock draft uses the NHLNumbers Predictive Model and the NHL Numbers Consensus Top 100 List for the picks.  The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzieFuture ConsiderationsISSRyan KennedyCraig Button, Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus, and The Scouting Report.  Their rankings are weight by their accuracy in ranking previous drafts: Bob McKenzie's rankings carry the most weight as he's the most accurate prognosticator in the group.

Pick Team Selection Pos Current Team Ht, Wt
1 Columbus Blue Jackets Seth Jones D Portland Winterhawks 6'3, 205
2 Buffalo Sabres Nathan MacKinnon F Halifax Moosehead 5'11, 180
3 Florida Panthers Jonathan Drouin F Halifax Moosehead 5'11, 180
4 Tampa Bay Lightning Aleksander Barkov F Tappara 6'2, 205
5 Washington Capitals Elias Lindholm F Brynas 6, 183
6 Nashville Predators Sean Monahan F Ottawa 67s 6'2, 180
7 New York Islanders Valeri Nichushkin F Chelyabinsk 6'3, 180
8 Colorado Avalanche Darnell Nurse D SSM Greyhounds 6'4, 185
9 Calgary Flames Rasmus Ristolainen D TPS Turku 6'3, 210
10 Winnipeg Jets Hunter Shinkaruk F Medicine Hat Tigers 5'10, 170
11 Edmonton Oilers Ryan Pulock D Brandon Wheat Kings 6, 195
12 Minnesota Wild Nikita Zadorov D London Knights 6'4, 205
13 Philadelphia Flyers Adam Erne F Quebec Remparts 6, 200
14 Dallas Stars Josh Morrissey D Prince Albert Raiders 6, 185
15 Phoenix Coyotes Frederik Gauthier F Rimouski Oceanic 6'1, 210
16 Toronto Maple Leafs Max Domi F London Knights 5'9, 185
17 Carolina Hurricanes Curtis Lazar F Edmonton Oil Kings 6, 190
18 Detroit Red Wings Anthony Mantha F Val - D'or 6'4, 180
19 Columbus Blue Jackets Robert Hagg D MODO 6'2, 201
20 New Jersey Devils Artturi Lehkonen F TPS Turku 5'10, 163
21 Columbus Blue Jackets Alexander Wennberg F Djurgarden 6'1, 174
22 Anaheim Ducks Kerby Rychel F Windsor Spitfires 6'1, 185
23 Ottawa Senators Jason Dickinson F Guelph Storm 6'2, 179
24 San Jose Sharks Morgan Klimchuk F Regina Pats 5'11, 174
25 Vancouver Canucks Valentin Zykov F Baie Comeau 6', 210
26 Pittsburgh Penguins Andre Burakovsky F Malmo 6'1, 175
27 Montreal Canadiens Bo Horvat F London Knights 6, 195
28 St. Louis Blues J.T. Compher F USNT 6, 170
29 Boston Bruins Ryan Hartman F Plymouth Whalers 5'11, 185
30 Chicago Blackhawks Keaton Thompson D USNT 6'1, 170

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#1 Passive Voice
March 05 2013, 11:36AM
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Barkov to the Bolts would be nuts.

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#2 Baalzamon
March 05 2013, 11:45AM
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Isn't Frederick Gauthier like 6'5", not 6'1"?

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#3 Shaun
March 05 2013, 04:07PM
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I'd love to see the winner (or second) of the draft lottery be ballsy and make a trade to nab both Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon with consecutive picks. The two have fantastic chemistry, and could make a top line after a year or two of development.

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#4 ChinookArch
March 05 2013, 09:20PM
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Would you mind separating centers from forwards. It's kinda important for one of the 'Nations' teams.

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#5 BCapp
March 06 2013, 09:47AM
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DOMI DOMI DOMI!

Seriously though if we make the playoffs I would be very happy to draft Domi to the blue and white.

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#6 Passive Voice
March 07 2013, 09:39AM
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I'm pretty sure Drouin's PPG is the highest for an 18-yo in the Q since Crosby. And like...it's substantially higher than most.

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