1 Attitude: First off I have a friend who played with and against Seth Jones at a US developmental camp a few years back. His take was that Seth is a solid offensive D-man who's skating and passing and shot make him a cut above the rest. Seth was being groomed even then as a star, he was catered to and babied. Seth hates being hit, he got laid out at center a few times and bitched about it. He is very relaxed but doesn't really always show a fire in his game. I'm not referring to his lack of a mean streak but to the fact he stops playing with passion at times. He admittedly got into hockey because he didn't want the pressure of being compared to his father.
2 Media Darling: Dont be mislead by the Denver area press (yes you Mr.Dater) or the national media for that matter who are chomping at the bit to write countless stories of the home town boy...the return of the king if you will. Although he has some denver roots and Joe Sakic did suggest to his father to get his son into skating lessons, if he ever wanted to amount to anything, he is no Avalanche fan. The firsthand experiences of the 2001 cup did leave their mark on the young Mr.Jones but he followed the RED WINGS there after and modeled his game after his hero LIDSTROM, but alas the press avoids that little tidbit.. They downplay the others vying for first over all pick and focus instead on the 'Story". Also the idea of the first ever african american player selected first overall would be awesome to help grow the sport in america. Ask yourselves what is a bigger story: First ever african american, son of an NBA player, learns hockey in Denver and returns home as the #1 pick. All hype and little substance.
3 D Men are the hardest position to project: Its a hard position to learn, and very few top rated D prospects ever pan out. Scouts always faun over a huge defenseman who can skate and shoot the way Seth does. Case in point our own Erik Johnson or Jay Bouwmeester who never lived up to their draft day potential. They are both good defensemen but are they worth a #1 pic for what they have become a #3 on a good depth chart? I watched all the Memorial Cup games and Seth showed flashes on the big stage but also showed some blown coverage. In the final his coach did all he could to keep Seth off the ice when MacKinnon and Drouin were out there. Not two older wiser players but two kids from Seth's draft year...MacKinnon being almost a full year younger. I don't see #1 franchise defenseman when I look at Seth he screams bust.