With the fourth pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Nashville Predators have selected Seth Jones, defenseman from the Portland Winterhawks. Indeed, Nashville General Manager David Poile got his wish.
Earlier this week, Poile was asked if he would select Jones if was available by the time they were on the clock and he said: "Absolutely. 110 percent. I think he could be a Norris Trophy winner."
Jones dropping to fourth overall was certainly unexpected entering the draft this year. Going back to March, it was almost by default that whoever held the first overall pick would select Jones. For the Avalanche, Panthers and Lightning to pass on the number one rated skater in North America is just shocking.
Jones told James Duthie of TSN, "I'm going to make those teams regret not taking me."
Last season, the 18 year old played in the Western Hockey League, where he was a dominating force with Preds prospect Brendan Leipsic. In 61 games last season, Jones totaled 56 points (14g, 42a) and a +46 rating.
The Plano, Texas native was also a part of Team USA in the 2013 IIHF World Juniors Championship where he average a point per game in seven games. He was the leader of the gold medal winning squad that proved hockey in the US is as equal, if not better than the Canadian programs.
Here is Hockey's Future's analysis on Jones: "Pro-sized defenseman. Very good range and lateral movement. Deceptively fast due to long, effortless stride. Intelligent puck mover."
Certainly Seth Jones is NHL ready. Barry Trotz was quoted at the floor level at the Prudential Center saying, "He is playing with Shea Weber."
Jones tweeted out after being selected…
Extremely happy to be apart of the @PredsNHL organization!
— Seth Jones (@seth_jones3) June 30, 2013
Now-teammate Hal Gill tweeted…
— Hal Gill (@Skillsy75) June 30, 2013
Fellow American Colin Wilson tweeted out…
Wow, pumped we got Seth Jones! #america
— Colin Wilson (@colinwilson33) June 30, 2013