Top American draft prospect Seth Jones (Getty Images)Don't worry, the diehards who passed on Halloween to watch the Portland Winterhawks play on Wednesday still something wicked — Seth Jones showing off hands that should be illegal on a 6-foot-4 defenceman who just turned 18 years old.
Many pundits believe Jones, who is in line become the first son of a former NBA player to make the NHL, has a case to be the No. 1 overall pick in next summer's draft. Against the Everett Silvertips, the big man reaffirmed why Sports Illustrated proclaimed him the next big thing in U.S. hockey back in 2009 when Jones was playing bantam hockey in Dallas. It was only his 13th game with the Winterhawks, but he pulled off a goal that bore the mark of a veteran who has figured out the league.
After the Silvertips — the franchise which originally drafted Jones out of minor hockey — turned the puck over, Jones joined the rush and gathered momentum through the neutral zone. Teammate Adam De Champlain set a pick, so to speak, at the blueline, and then Jones made this hesitation move that froze a 20-year-old defenceman, Landon Oslanski. Then he bested goalie Austin Lotz.Read More »from Top NHL draft prospect Seth Jones goes through defenders for amazing goal (VIDEO)