Seth Jones, D, 2013, #4 Pick in the First Round
Granted, Seth Jones still has a lot to prove in the NHL. He was still a great pick by the Nashville Predators in 2013 though. Most thought he would go #1 in the draft and inexplicably fell to #4 where the Preds scooped him up. They were counting on getting a good forward but couldn’t pass on Jones.
The three players who were chosen ahead of him all look like they will be excellent too. Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov, and Jonathan Drouin all have been impressive too but Jones could turn out to be the best of them.
After starting immediately with the Nashville Predators he scored 63 points in 199 NHL games. He was continually improving his defense as well and is a silky smooth skater. In 2015-16, the Preds traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Ryan Johanssen, the young center they never had.
He is playing number one pairing minutes for Columbus and should continue to get better. He is looking for a new contract as his entry level contract is over. He should expect something in the $6 million per year range.
He is not a proven star in the NHL yet, but he is well on his way. He also turned into the center that Nashville has always been looking for so he deserves this spot in our rankings.
Next: #5,Inconsistent Is My Name