Seth Jones slid right in for Predators at NHL draft

Predators defenceman Seth Jones takes a breather on the bench during action against the Jets in...

Predators defenceman Seth Jones takes a breather on the bench during action against the Jets in Winnipeg on Oct. 20, 2013. (Kevin King/QMI Agency)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 PM ET

NASHVILLE - For most of last season, Seth Jones was considered a good bet to go first overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

However, the smooth-skating defenceman fell to the No. 4 spot and right in the lap of the Nashville Predators.

Jones, 19, has, for the most part, lived up to his billing in his rookie season, although there have been a few learning curves.

“I think when you get a player out of junior, you don’t know how well he’s going to play, particularly in two positions — goaltending and defence are the hardest to get a gauge on,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz, prior to Thursday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

“He’s come in and done a really good job for us. He’s an exceptional talent, and he’s going to be a top player for a long time. He still has a lot to learn, in terms of the game, but his ability and his maturity on and off the ice for his age is exceptional.”


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