Seth Jones won’t be coming to UND.
The highly regarded defenseman prospect who was choosing between UND and the WHL signed with the Portland Winterhawks over the weekend. The move was expected after the Winterhawks gained the rights to negotiate with him a couple weeks ago.
Jones could be drafted first or second overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Jones visited UND during the Bemidji State playoff series.
As a side note, I heard nothing but good things about Jones as a person and how he handled his recruitment (he never committed until his decision was final and he was up front during the decision process).
Jones isn’t far away from playing in the NHL.
UND should still be strong on the blue line with returners Derek Forbort, Andrew MacWilliam, Nick Mattson, Dillon Simpson, Joe Gleason and Andrew Panzarella. The Sioux also will bring in puck-moving defenseman Jordan Schmaltz from the Green Bay Gamblers. If needed, Dan Senkbeil also is a defenseman.
Paul LaDue and Geoff Crisfield will likely come in for the 2013-14 season, though final decisions have not been made.