The Nashville Predators did not get the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, but they did hit the lottery. With the 4th pick Nashville drafted Seth Jones. “Jones was ranked the No. 1 North American skater by NHL Central Scouting after finishing 2012-13 with 14 goals, 56 points and a plus-46 rating in 61 games to help the Winterhawks. (nhl.com)”
Jones signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Predators. The contract includes base salaries of $925,000 and maximum rookie bonuses that set his salary cap number at $3.225 million. Unless Jones completely falls short during training camp (Sept.11-Sept 30) he will be starting and staying with the Predators. It would not be a big surprise to see Jones on the second defensive pairing. I expect that by the mid way point of the season Jones may even see some time with Predators captain Shea Weber. If that doesn’t happen this year the 2014-2015 season should see the two playing together more often.
“To me, he’s a foundation player for the organization for the next decade, hopefully longer,” coach Barry Trotz said. “I’m just glad he’s a confirmed piece of our organization. I really believe he’s going to be a foundation piece just as (goaltender) Pekka (Rinne) and (defenseman) Shea (Weber) are.”
As long as Jones can keep his head on straight and learn the NHL game I think we are looking at a future All-Star. I hope that the Predators coaching staff saw what the Buffalo Sabres did with Tyler Myers, and do not to repeat it.
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