Was not being taken first overall a blessing in disguise for Seth Jones?
It's hard to imagine someone who was just selected fourth overall in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft being disappointed, but Seth Jones has to at least be harbouring some of those feelings. Jones was thought for quite sometime to be the first overall pick, but then the Memorial Cup happened. Nathan MacKinnon made a huge statement while leading the Halifax Mooseheads to the championship and quickly became the man everyone wanted.
On the outside, Jones being taken by the Colorado Avalanche first overall would have seemingly been the perfect fit. He spent time in Colorado as a child when his dad, Popeye Jones, was playing for the Denver Nuggets and grew up rooting for the Avalanche. He watched players like Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, who run the organization today, lead the team to a Stanley Cup. The Avs also could have used a boost on the blue line and already possessed a decent crop of young forwards heading into the draft.
Despite the compelling arguments for Colorado to take Jones, they ultimately decided to go with the centre in MacKinnon. There seems be a growing belief in the NHL that the position you must lock up to have any success is a number one centre, and that just might be the case. Over the years we have seen more and more goalies emerge from obscurity and few teams wanting to take a risk on one with a first round pick. There is also evidence to suggest defensemen could be heading in this direction as well. Not only was Jones passed up in favour of three skilled forwards, but look at the Boston Bruins' recent playoff run. They received major contributions from second round pick Johnny Boychuk, sixth round pick Dennis Seidenberg, and the undrafted Torey Krug.