As the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones, the lineage of being an elite athlete has carried down from father to son, and many scouts (including those for NHL.com) had Jones as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2013 draft class.
Off the ice, Jones has all the measurables to be a star in the NHL—at just 18 years old, the prospect is already listed at 6’4” and 206 pounds with plenty of room on his frame to add mass—but it’s his on-ice prowess that has blown many scouts away.
Jones is an amazingly pure skater who uses his long strides to cover more area than most defenders. With an incredible reach, extensive wingspan and the ability to move laterally with the best of them, the first-round pick has the chance to transition immediately to the NHL.
While Jones has all the size and skating ability that a team could dream of in a top defenseman, it’s the young star’s ability to control the puck in every facet of the game that will make him an absolute stud at the next level.
Not only is he skilled at moving the puck in the offensive zone—he's one of the best passers in the draft regardless of position—Jones also has the ability and power in his shot to work the blue line on the power play.
The defensive prospect has received extensive praise for his offensive work, but Jones has the size and skill to be a top-tier, shutdown defender in the NHL as well.
With an incredibly high hockey IQ for such a young player, the former Western Hockey League standout proved that he can take the best players and all but eliminate them from making a mark on a game using his defensive prowess.
Add all the skill together, and what you have is the most complete prospect in the 2013 class and one of the most intriguing prospects of the last decade.
If Jones continues to work as hard as he has thus far in his career, the NHL is looking at a future star.