The Nashville Predators were sitting at No. 4 in the 2013 NHL Draft with no hope of landing one of the top two prospects in the draft — Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones. However, that was before the draft began to unfold. Once the Colorado Avalanche selected McKinnon with the No. 1 overall pick, Jones began to slide.
Jones was passed over by the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, before Nashville had the gift of Jones falling in to their lap and they decided to pull the trigger on the uber talented defenseman.
From Jr. Hockey Recruit:
Jones is an extremely rare blend of size, mobility, skill and raw athletic ability. He already has an NHL frame, standing 6’4 205 lbs, and despite his size, has exceptional mobility and a very smooth skating stride. He uses this high-end skating ability in Portland to carry the puck out of his own end and through the neutral zone with relative ease. When he isn’t given room to skate, Seth’s superb vision allows him to identify the appropriate outlet and make a crisp first pass out of the zone to start the play up ice. His calm demeanour and high hockey IQ means he seldom makes mistakes and turnovers in his own end are rare.
It was a dream scenario for the Predators, who land one of the best players in the draft.
Jones was the No. 1 player on the Predators draft board and it was a gift that he fell in to their laps.