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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.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Seth Jones probably should have wound up a basketball player. He is tall, with a great vertical leap, and his father is Popeye Jones, who played 11 years in the N.B.A. and is now an assistant coach with the Nets.
But instead, Seth Jones, 18, is projected to be a top pick in the N.H.L. draft and may be on his way to becoming hockey’s first African-American star.
“I’d be shocked myself if I heard a story like that,” Jones said, when asked if people are surprised by the combination of a basketball father and a hockey son. “Me and my two brothers all play hockey, so it was weird, I guess, that none of us played basketball.”
Jones, a 6-foot-4 defenseman with slick skating and puck-possession skills, seems to have a can’t-miss label sewn onto his hockey sweater. He will help lead the United States team at the world junior championships in Russia next week, even though he is the youngest player on the roster. He was on the team for last year’s tournament as a 17-year-old, but an injury sidelined him just before it started.
from Doug Smith of the Toronto Star,
The son talks and it’s the father’s voice, a message delivered by a youngster that could have easily been the mantra of a now-elder-statesman dad.
Seth Jones may be an elite hockey player — a big, talented 16-year-old seen as a surefire NHL prospect — but when he talks, he espouses the same philosophy that carried his dad, former Raptor Popeye Jones, through an 11-year NBA career built more on guile than athleticism.
“He just tells me to think the game, that’s always been really helpful to me,” the younger Jones says in a telephone conversation from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he’s in USA Hockey’s Under-17 developmental program.