It’s harmless. Intriguing. And sometimes even illuminating.
Simply single out a youngster in the National Hockey League — then try to predict his evolution. As in, who will he become?
Sean Monahan, for instance, has already been likened to Jonathan Toews, Brent Sutter, Ron Francis, Brad Richards, Anze Kopitar.
But Barry Trotz, when asked about Seth Jones, declined to play along.
The Nashville Predators coach has no interest in comparing his prize blue-liner to anyone else.
“Seth Jones is going to be Seth Jones,” Trotz, ever pleasant, said Tuesday morning. “When all is said and done, he’s probably going to put on another 30 pounds. So he’s going to be a six-five, 235, really strong-skating defenceman who could be a difference-maker every night.
“That would be my comparable to whoever you can come up with.”
Shea Weber didn’t bite on the name-game either.
“I’m not sure,” the Preds captain said with a shrug. “But he’s something special. Mobility, that’s his biggest asset. A