How Far Will Seth Jones Fall In Draft - Not At All If Colorado Is Smart

The Memorial Cup is a special tournament that spans three leagues.  Unfortunately for Seth Jones – it dropped his stock in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

After holding down the number one spot for much of the season – Nathan MacKinnon has claimed the number one spot according to the International Scouting Service, MacKinnon is now number one, and Jones is the number two rated player.

Is Seth Jones still worthy of being taken as the number one overall pick.  Sure he his.  You don’t hold the number one spot all year and become undesireable overnight.

The 2013 draft class is deep.  We have all been told that it is as good as the 2003 draft which has given us so many great players.

Will MacKinnon’s performance in the Memorial Cup against the Winterhawks give the Colorado Avalanche pause to not take Seth Jones with the first overall pick?  Colorado has openly stated that the book hasn’t been written on the first overall pick.  Their Chief Scout explains why - there are so many good options in the top five to ten players, the Avalanche really have the pick of the litter.

This morning Fansided kicked off their third annual editor mock draft – and I wrote up the piece for the Avalanche - and have them still taking Seth Jones.

Colorado has offensive talent.  They have a young group of forwards who are good.  Their defense however, needs help.  And Seth Jones is the answer, or the start of the answer.

Colorado will play the smoke and mirrors game – if only to get into the heads of the teams picking just after them in the draft.

While Seth Jones may not be the top overall prospect in the draft – he is the highest rated defenseman in the draft.

MacKinnon helps his case for the number one pick by grabbing two hat tricks and two assists for eight total points in the tournament, and that was just against Seth Jones and the Portland Winterhawks.  In two other games of the Memorial Cup tournament he only added one other goal and four assists.

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