MONTREAL - We’re, like, one minute into a Godfather II-length movie when it comes to evaluating the 2013 NHL draft, but right now the Nashville Predators are looking pretty fortunate to have defenceman Seth Jones fall into their laps at the four spot in New Jersey last June.
Nothing against the other kids or clubs who took them: the Colorado Avalanche and Nathan MacKinnon; the Florida Panthers and Aleksander Barkov; or the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jonathan Drouin.
But you know fans in those cities must look at the game-winner Jones scored against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night with under two minutes to play — he made a wonderful read, jumped into the play and scored on a beauty toe drag — and collectively mutter, “what was our GM thinking?”
“By all accounts, I think all four, probably the first 10, 12, 15 teams might be very happy,” said Predators general manager David Poile Saturday. “I think it’s going to pan out being one of the best drafts ever.”
All the 19-year-old Jones has done is play an average of 24 minutes and 14 seconds a game (27:29 Saturday night against Montreal to go with 28:14 in the game before that) on the Preds’ top pair with Shea Weber.