Seth Jones – Likelihood of Selection: 25%
Seth Jones is one of the best defensemen in the league however the Metropolitan division is extremely strong in that regard which makes it much harder for Jones to make it than a forward. With the likes of John Carlson, Ivan Provorov, Justin Faulk and Dougie Hamilton all battling for a spot, Jones is likely going to be snubbed simply because he’s a defenseman.
He shouldn’t let that get him down though, as Jones is a future Norris Trophy winner and will be an All-Star many times in his career. This season though, an early injury likely cost him any shot at either of those honors especially considering the amount of defensemen around the NHL who are playing highly above expectations.
Jones leads the Blue Jackets defensemen in points this season, despite only playing 26 games to this point. He has 19 points through those 26 and has regularly been one of the main scoring options when he’s on the ice.
Seth Jones is a workhorse and is the definition of a top pairing defenseman, and he’d be in that position on nearly every team in the NHL. Much like Dubois, in the old format of the All-Star Game Jones would be a no doubt pick. However once again, as a result of the reduction in the number of participants in the game Jones will likely be forced to watch the game from home due to no fault of his own, preferably on a comfortable couch or reclining chair.