Seth Jones, ranked as the top North American draft prospect by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau, has never been to Florida, so when the son of former NBA forward Popeye Jones was asked what he associates Miami with, his immediate response was predictable.

"Miami Heat,'' Jones said Friday afternoon with his 6-foot-4, slender frame backed by the Hudson River and a spectacular sun-splashed view of New York City's majestic skyline. "Maybe they win three straight next year.''

Despite growing up romping around the Dallas Mavericks' locker room, one of his father's six NBA stops during a solid 14-year career, Jones put down the basketball and picked up a hockey stick when he was 5 years old.