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Jones soaking in atmosphere of Stanley Cup Final

Monday, 06.17.2013 / 4:12 PM

By Seth Jones - Special to NHL.com / Seth Jones Draft blog

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Seth Jones is a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has solid athletic bloodlines -- his father, Popeye Jones, played 11 seasons in the NBA. The top-ranked player in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, Jones was named the best professional prospect in the WHL, and helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Jones has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

After the Combine in Toronto, I just went home and spent some time with my family just resting up. It was a long season, so we were just hanging out. To pass the time, I've been watching the NHL and NBA playoffs. I want the San Antonio Spurs to win, and they're looking pretty good right now, leading the Miami Heat three games to two. The series isn't over yet, though, so we'll see.

Before attending Game 3 in Boston, I arrived in the city around 1 p.m. [Sunday]. I think Nathan [MacKinnon] got in around 5. So I just waited and hung out around the hotel until he got there. At night, we all got together for dinner and went to the Capital Grille. It was a nice restaurant and I love a good porterhouse steak.

The rest of the night was pretty relaxed. In the morning, we left for the rink at 9:30 a.m. and did Coach's Corner with Don Cherry. It was pretty cool to do that. They've been doing that show with all the top NHL prospects for a long time now. It's also cool to meet guys who have done it before. Guys like Tyler Seguin and Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. It was great to share some of those experiences with them. Speaking with those guys, they told me to just enjoy it. You're only going to do it once, so take advantage of it.

Meeting the players and coaches in the Stanley Cup Final was definitely a thrill. But it was pretty fun seeing the guys skate and get ready for a big game like this. Obviously it's pretty cool to be at the Cup Final. Hopefully it will be another overtime again.

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres