UFA, RUSSIA - Seth Jonesí Team USA teammates helped him be a winner Saturday.
They also turned him into a pretty good prognosticator.
The big defenceman proclaimed the USA the team to beat before the world junior tournament and they delivered a gold medal with a 3-1 win over defending-champion Sweden at the Ufa Arena.
ďIt feels great. I donít look like an idiot. My teammates did a great job in this tournament helping me out with that comment,Ē said Jones, whoís eligible for this summerís NHL draft and just might go first overall.
The Americans, who have won the last four Under-18 championships, won their second world junior championship in four years and their third overall. The USAís ability to produce blue-chip prospects has been on the rise the last few years and was emphatically confirmed with Saturdayís victory.