Seth Jones of the Nashville Predators hasn’t been getting a whole lot of attention this season. Other rookies have been hogging the spotlight, with players like Sean Monahan and Tomas Hertl posting points at a rapid pace. Aleksander Barkov just scored his third goal of the season for the Florida Panthers, and Nathan MacKinnon has been one of the key cogs for the Colorado Avalanche’s scorching hot start.
Jones is quietly putting together a very strong season for the Predators, however. While playing the most nuanced position in the game while skating in the best hockey league in the world as a teenager won’t win you a Calder Trophy, it will earn you an awful lot of respect. Jones is finding that out because of his strong play.
His defense partner, Shea Weber, spoke to NHL.com about how strong Jones was against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night:
You talk about how poised he is and everything, but at the same time he’s still a kid. He loves the game; you saw the joy in his eyes when he scored. He loves the game and he wants to make a difference. Tonight he did.
The goal that Weber is referring to was a beauty. With less than two minutes to play, Jones snuck into the offensive zone and took a wonderful pass right on the tape. He made no mistake with the shot, and scored the game winner.