Seth Jones (2013-2014)
The Predators were already starting to build a defensive powerhouse on their blueline, and Seth Jones came in as another piece to that group. He had a lot of buzz surrounding him as the 4th-overall pick in the NHL Draft.
Jones played in 77 games in his rookie season and put up nearly 20 minutes of ice time on average. He was used heavily right from the start, as you would expect from such a high draft pick.
What I liked about Jones from the start was his all-around level of play. He fit right into the lineup and immediately started making an impact as a prototypical NHL defenseman who blocks shots, makes the hits and contributes offensively as well.
It was hard seeing Jones’ time in Nashville quickly come to an end as the team acquired Ryan Johansen from the Columbus Blue Jackets. A move that proved to be beneficial for both parties involved as the Predators would make their rise as Stanley Cup contenders with Johansen as their top centerman.
Jones would finish 11th in the Calder Trophy voting with 25 points, 99 blocks and 55 hits.