Winterhawk​s’ Jones First WHL Player Chosen in 2013 NHL Draft

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Jeff Hubert
June 30, 2013, Newark, NJ (ISN) – Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks became the first WHL player selected in the 2013 NHL Draft as the Nashville Predators chose him with the fourth overall selection.

The 6’4″, 206-lb defenceman from Plano, Texas, just completed his first season in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks, scoring 14 goals and added 42 assists for 56 points to go with a +46 rating in 61 games to help lead the Winterhawks to their best regular season record in franchise history. He added another five goals and 15 points in 21 playoff games as the Winterhawks captured the 2013 WHL Championship.

Jones’ outstanding inaugural season in the WHL saw him named the WHL Rookie of the Year, the Jack Link’s CHL Top Prospect of the Year award and a spot on the WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team.

The 18-year-old is an effortless and deceivingly swift skater who has good agility, lateral movement and a powerful stride that allows him to rush the puck up the ice or join the rush. Jones’ big frame, his strength, and his ability to handle and protect the puck make it extremely difficult for opposing players to stop him when he’s carrying the puck with speed. Offensively, Jones boasts excellent vision, hockey sense and playmaking abilities, making him a threat as a puck mover out of the defensive zone and in the offensive zone, and also possesses a heavy shot that he can use to score or generate scoring chances off rebounds and deflections. Defensively, Jones is tremendously poised and calm in his own end, and rarely gets caught scrambling or out of position. Though he has plenty of size and strength, Jones relies more on his smarts and his positioning to neutralize opposing forwards rather than playing a physically punishing game.

“Right from Day 1 it was obvious how good he was,” said Portland Winterhawks’ assistant coach and assistant general manager Travis Green. “He’s as good of a prospect as we have seen come through Portland…he’s got the whole package, and that was apparent from the get-go.

“His hockey sense is extremely high…it’s really amazing how well he reads the game and understands the game,” said Green. “Obviously he’s a great skater, he’s got a great shot, he can play offense and defense, he’s big and strong, but it’s really his understanding of the game that stood out the most.”

Drafted by the Everett Silvertips in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Jones was acquired by the Winterhawks in a trade at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. He has represented his country, the United States, on several occasions, including helping Team USA win Gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Jones captained the American Under-18 team to Gold at the 2012 U-18 World Championship and also won Gold with the team at the 2011 tournament. Jones captained Team Orr at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL / NHL Top Prospects Game.

Newark, NJ – Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks became the first WHL player selected in the 2013 NHL Draft as the Nashville Predators chose him with the fourth overall selection.

The 6’4″, 206-lb defenceman from Plano, Texas, just completed his first season in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks, scoring 14 goals and added 42 assists for 56 points to go with a +46 rating in 61 games to help lead the Winterhawks to their best regular season record in franchise history. He added another five goals and 15 points in 21 playoff games as the Winterhawks captured the 2013 WHL Championship.

Jones’ outstanding inaugural season in the WHL saw him named the WHL Rookie of the Year, the Jack Link’s CHL Top Prospect of the Year award and a spot on the WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team.

The 18-year-old is an effortless and deceivingly swift skater who has good agility, lateral movement and a powerful stride that allows him to rush the puck up the ice or join the rush. Jones’ big frame, his strength, and his ability to handle and protect the puck make it extremely difficult for opposing players to stop him when he’s carrying the puck with speed. Offensively, Jones boasts excellent vision, hockey sense and playmaking abilities, making him a threat as a puck mover out of the defensive zone and in the offensive zone, and also possesses a heavy shot that he can use to score or generate scoring chances off rebounds and deflections. Defensively, Jones is tremendously poised and calm in his own end, and rarely gets caught scrambling or out of position. Though he has plenty of size and strength, Jones relies more on his smarts and his positioning to neutralize opposing forwards rather than playing a physically punishing game.

“Right from Day 1 it was obvious how good he was,” said Portland Winterhawks’ assistant coach and assistant general manager Travis Green. “He’s as good of a prospect as we have seen come through Portland…he’s got the whole package, and that was apparent from the get-go.

“His hockey sense is extremely high…it’s really amazing how well he reads the game and understands the game,” said Green. “Obviously he’s a great skater, he’s got a great shot, he can play offense and defense, he’s big and strong, but it’s really his understanding of the game that stood out the most.”

Drafted by the Everett Silvertips in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Jones was acquired by the Winterhawks in a trade at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. He has represented his country, the United States, on several occasions, including helping Team USA win Gold at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Jones captained the American Under-18 team to Gold at the 2012 U-18 World Championship and also won Gold with the team at the 2011 tournament. Jones captained Team Orr at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL / NHL Top Prospects Game.

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