Seth Jones was an offensive force with the U.S. National Team Development Program last season, leading the team's defenseman with 26 points in 48 games.
That offensive skill was a bit slow in showing itself early in his first season in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winterhawks, but now the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect is beginning to showcase his full skill package.
Jones had five points in three games over the weekend, extending his point-scoring streak to nine games, tied for the longest current streak in the league.
Jones assisted on Ty Rattie's third-period goal in a 3-2 home loss to the Tri-City Americans on Friday. On Saturday he drew assists on Portland's first and last goals in a 6-2 win at the Seattle Thunderbirds, and on Sunday he had the primary assist on Nicolas Petan's second-period 5-on-3 power-play goal -- and just 21 seconds later, with Portland still skating up a man, he scored his first goal in five games to close the scoring in a 4-1 win at Tri-City.
Jones now has 28 points in 30 games, third among WHL defenseman. He also has a plus-27 rating, second among defensemen. Jones is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of WHL skaters for the 2013 NHL Draft.
Jones wasn't the only 2013 NHL Draft hopeful in the WHL to have a big weekend. Here is how a few other players fared: