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Jones is the type of player that teams build a championship roster around.
He is strong defensively with a high hockey IQ, a physical stye of play, plenty of size and strength (6'3", 205 pounds) and the willingness to block shots and fight for possession of the puck in the dirty areas.
His positional play is also impressive. He knows when to join the rush and when to stay back on defense. Since the NHL is a much faster game than the WHL, being able to make the correct decisions in a split second is often the difference in making a good defensive play and giving up an odd-man rush. Jones is the type of blueliner who coaches can trust in all three zones.
The Avalanche also need a defenseman who can play the point on the power play and create scoring chances. Jones' powerful shot from the point, vision in the attacking zone and impressive playmaking skills would make him an ideal addition to Colorado's power-play unit. In 61 games for the Winterhawks in 2013, Jones tallied 56 points (14 goals, 42 assists).
Jan Hejda led all Avalanche defensemen with 10 points this season, which illustrates how little offensive production the team received from its blue line. It's difficult to win games when a team needs to rely on its forwards to generate the large majority of the offense.
As a phenomenal skater with great hands and an accurate shot, don't be surprised if Jones become an elite offensive defenseman early in his NHL career. It's very rare to see a defenseman with an offensive skill set this polished at such a young age, but the most amazing part is that his game, at both ends of the ice, still has plenty of room for improvement.
Jones was Central Scouting's No. 1 prospect among North American skaters in its final pre-draft rankings.