With the fourth overall pick in the NHL Draft, the Nashville Predators have selected Seth Jones, a 6-foot-3 defenseman out of Portland of the Western Hockey League. He was born in Plano, Texas.
With Portland this season, Jones elevated his prospect status to an elite level with a great season that saw him tally 56 points in 61 games. Jones was considered by many, including the Predators, as the draft’s top prospect. It comes as a surprise that he fell to No. 4 overall, but GM David Poile held true to his word that he would take Jones if available. Scouts drool over what Jones has done in juniors and will do at the NHL level. If everything goes according to plan, he will crack the Predators’ opening night roster.
Here was Predators chief amateur scout Jeff Kealty’s scouting report of Jones following the 2012-13 season:
“He’s pretty unanimously the top defenseman in the draft. This guy is 6-foot-4, he’s an excellent skater, great on his edges, he can skate the puck out of trouble, move the puck up the ice, can get involved in both ends with the ability that he has. He’s a terrific athlete. I’m sure it’s pretty well documented his father is Popeye Jones, a longtime NBA player. Obviously he has the athletic genes there. This is a guy that we’ve watched come through the U.S. program and now plays in Portland (WHL) and is just a terrific player. With the upside that he has, he’s only going to continue to get better.”
We will have much more coverage of this pick and the rest of the draft later today…