March 07 2013 07:31AM
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Seth Jones is likely to be the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Jones has pulled away from Nathan MacKinnon in the NHLNumbers Conensus Top 100. The Scouting Report is included in those rankings and has Jones at #1 overall:
An excellent skater especially for his size, Jones is a rare combination of athleticism and skill. More than capable of playing in the NHL next year, Jones will be a quality transition defenseman with top 4 capabilities from day 1. A strong slap shot and good hockey sense will allow him to also see powerplay minutes early in his career.
Though he'll be the #1 overall pick, he'll be #2 in the NHL. After Jones is drafted by the Blue Jackets, Oilers or whatever team wins the new lottery, he will suit up for his first NHL game sometime in October. When he does, Seth Jones will become only the second player named Seth to ever play in the NHL. Seth Martin, a goaltender for the St. Louis Blues, played 30 games in 1967-68. Jones will surpass that games played mark some time before Christmas.