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More about Seth Jones
Perhaps not since Chris Pronger has there been as much excited about a blue-chip defensive NHL prospect. At 6’4″ and 206 pounds Jones is already built like an NHL defenceman, and he still has plenty of muscle to pack on. While he won’t get to be the size of Zdeno Chara he is going to be a handful for opposing forwards to deal with once he finishes filling out.
Though he doesn’t have Pronger’s inherent mean streak, other aspects of Jones’ game are very reminiscent of the Hart & Norris Trophy-winning d-man. He is incredible mobile for his size, and can skate or pass the puck out of his zone with equal ability, a skill highly prized and much sought after throughout the NHL. He has a great shot, and along with fellow Predator Shea Weber should make the Nashville powerplay something to be feared for many years to come.
Yes, he has great offensive skills, but his skills in his own end of the ice are arguably even better. He doesn’t shy away from punishing his opponents physically and will likely be even more inclined to dish out the hits as Weber shows him the ropes.
Once touted as the number one draft prospect, Jones actually didn’t get selected until the fourth pick, very much a steal for the Nashville Predators. The slip down the rankings was in no way an indictment of Jones’ play leading up to the draft, just that the organizational needs of the teams drafting in front of Nashville dictated they select as forward rather than a d-man, and the fact that this year’s draft was so deep in offensively skilled players saw Jones drop to fourth.
The pick might turn out to be the steal of the century for the Predators, and don’t be surprised to hear one or more of the General Managers of the Avs, Lightning and Panthers lament not drafting Jones at some point in the future, particularly if Seth Jones can claim a few Norris Trophies for himself as many predict he will.