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Nathan MacKinnon vs. Seth Jones

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Till they meet again.

That, of course, will likely be sometime in the next season when Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones are taking their freshman strides as the newly designated franchise players for their NHL teams.

Until then, MacKinnon definitely owns bragging rights in the intriguing rivalry between the two teenage stars after delivering a spectacular three-goal, two-assist performance to power the Halifax Mooseheads to the first Memorial Cup title in team history with an entertaining 6-4 triumph over the Portland Winterhawks.

After owning an entire tournament like that, do you still believe MacKinnon will go second after Jones in the NHL entry draft? Well, we’ll see if the Colorado Avalanche, should they hold on to the No. 1 pick, really want to pass on the talented 17-year-old centre from Cole Harbour, N.S.

For now, MacKinnon can say that in two head-to-head matchups against the talented Jones in this tournament, he left the highly-touted Texan in his dust.

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Well, we’ll see if the Colorado Avalanche, should they hold on to the No. 1 pick, really want to pass on the talented 17-year-old centre from Cole Harbour, N.S.

Um, let’s see. Seth Jones is the son of former NBA star Popeye Jones who just happened to play for the Denver Spurs. Seth grew up in Denver, developed in the Colorado amateur hockey system and he is going to be a great NHL defenseman. While the Av’s have a preference for QMJHL players, even they aren’t that dumb to pass on Jones and risk permanent damage to their local reputation.

Posted by timbits on 05/27/13 at 12:43 PM ET

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Um, let’s see. Seth Jones is the son of former NBA star Popeye Jones who just happened to play for the Denver Spurs. Seth grew up in Denver, developed in the Colorado amateur hockey system and he is going to be a great NHL defenseman. While the Av’s have a preference for QMJHL players, even they aren’t that dumb to pass on Jones and risk permanent damage to their local reputation.

A.  Popeye Jones played for the Denver Nuggets for one season.  Seth may have discovered an interest in hockey there, but that’s all.  There is no connection in any kind’ve “Hometown kid” sense.
B.  The Spurs are from San Antonio and are not one of the six teams Popeye played for.  Denver Nuggets.
C.  It’s a bit of a stretch to say that Seth “developed in the Colorado amateur hockey system”.  He played in kid leagues there but his series development began when he moved to Plano and played Bantam hockey in the Dallas area around 12.
D.  Defenseman take longer to develop and while he’s a better prospect; McKinnon might somehow be a more sure thing.  McKinnon is certainly a shinier, flashier prospect and might be more marketable.
E.  The avs are stupid.  I mean, really stupid.  It’s Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy making this decision, right?  They’re practically dying to mess this one up, aren’t they?

 

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/27/13 at 02:17 PM ET

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The Spurs are from San Antonio and are not one of the six teams Popeye played for.  Denver Nuggets.

I guess having the wrong NBA team name moots the fact that Jones played hockey in Denver for his first six years, before moving to Texas.

So you are saying that Jones won’t be viewed as a hometown boy in Denver?  That he is less marketable as the son of a former NBA player from Denver than a kid from Cole Harbour NS. That the Avs are assured of a brilliant decision since Sakic and Roy are in charge. I guess Wayne Gretzky proved your point that former stars are genius at talent identification. Finally, since we are debating the innane, the kids name isn’t McKinnon but is spelled MacKinnon.

Posted by timbits on 05/27/13 at 03:21 PM ET

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My point was more along the lines of: the first six years of his career, which seem to have been about the equivalent of peewee football, mean lite compared to the organized (bantam and US development program) hockey he received later in life.  I don’t think the connection of his father to a town he played in for one season holds much water, no. 

How you could possibly take my point about the Avs to mean I think they’ll do the right thing is beyond me.  Did you stop reading before the point where I said, “the avs are stupid” or maybe it was before I said, “they’re practically dying to mess this up?” 

In a nutshell, I feel like the “local boy” angle is cooked up fluff.  What matters should be that he’s the better prospect- but I do think the allure of a glitzy offensive guy could be enough to sway the incompetent folks in charge into picking the wrong guy.

And yeah, my bad on the MacKinnon spelling.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/28/13 at 01:00 AM ET

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