Seth Jones knows his story is irresistible to media who like things in neat little boxes. And the boxes in his story come gift-wrapped.
• Jones is the son of a former NBA player and could become the first pick in the NHL draft — the first African-American to go No. 1 in hockey.
• He learned to skate because of a tip from an Avalanche Hall of Famer to his father, a Nuggets player seeking help.
• Now the young man may help rescue an Avalanche franchise led in part by that Hall of Famer — Joe Sakic, who could use some help of his own.
This must be why some sportswriters in North America have started to call Portland a second home in recent weeks. Who can resist the story of Seth Jones?
"Yeah, it is. I agree," Jones said, when reminded of the uniqueness of his story line. "I don't blame them. I'd do the same thing if I was in media."
Jones has one favor to ask all of the would-be inquisitors who figure to approach him in the coming weeks: "You might be able to find my basics on the Internet now, instead of coming to me about it."
The 18-year-old son of Brooklyn Nets assistant coach and former Nuggets forward Ronald "Popeye" Jones and mother Amy gives a "yeah, right" chuckle and eye roll at that prospect. Hard-core hockey people know who he is, but Seth Jones knows a new spectrum of people may soon want to know more about his background.
Jones, a 6-foot-4, 208-pound defenseman with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, is the consensus No. 1-rated player eligible for the NHL draft June 30 in Newark, N.J. The Avalanche owns the first pick, and a host of people from the organization were on hand over the weekend to see Jones play at the Rose Garden for Games 1 and 2 of the WHL Finals against the Edmonton Oil Kings.