Winterhawks’ Jones Named Denny’s WHL Player of the Week


Jeff Hubert

April 30, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.

Jones tallied 4 points on two goals and two assists while posting an even +/- rating in three games over the past week as the Winterhawks posted a 2-1 record to defeat the Kamloops Blazers in the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship series.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, Jones picked up an assist on his team’s only goal as the Winterhawks fell 5-1 win to the Blazers in Kamloops in Game 3 of the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship series. On Wednesday, April 24th, Jones tallied a goal and an assist while earning 3rd Star honors to help the visiting Winterhawks shut out the Blazers 3-0 in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series. On Friday, April 26th, Jones scored a power play goal as the Winterhawks captured the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship with a 4-1 win over the Blazers in Portland, OR.

Jones, an 18-year-old product of Plano, Texas, is in his first season in the WHL with the Winterhawks. The 6’4″, 206-lb rearguard currently ranks third among all WHL defencemen in playoff scoring with five goals and 13 points in 15 games. Jones is the top-ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft. He is also the Western Conference finalist for the 2013 WHL Rookie of the Year award after putting up 14 goals and 56 points in 61 games for the Western Conference Champion Hawks.

The WHL has also nominated Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks for the CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Carruth posted a 2-1 record with a shutout in three starts this past week to lead the Winterhawks to a 4-1 best-of-seven series victory over the Kamloops Blazers in the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship series. Carruth allowed six goals on 81 shots for a 2.01 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in that span. Carruth, a product of Shorewood, MN, is a Chicago Blackhawks prospect.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

Apr 16 – 28 : Seth Jones, Portland Winterhawks

Apr 15 – 21 : Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks

Apr 8 – 14 : Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton Oil Kings

Apr 1 – Apr 7: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers

Mar 25 – Mar 31: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks

Mar 18 – Mar 24: Stephane Legault, Edmonton Oil Kings

Mar 11 – Mar 17: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks

Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen

Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings

Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw Warriors

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Brenden Walker, Saskatoon Blades

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Henrik Samuelsson, Edmonton Oil Kings

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Alex Gogolev, Victoria Royals

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Troy Rutkowski, Portland Winterhawks

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Cody Sylvester, Calgary Hitmen

Dec. 17 – Dec. 30: Anthony Bardaro, Prince Albert Raiders

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Josh Nicholls, Saskatoon Blades

Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes

Nov. 19 – 25: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks

Nov. 12 – 18: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans

Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers

Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers

Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks

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