21-Year-Old Defenseman – Columbus Blue Jackets
Seth Jones Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Predators in July of 2013.
Jones' agent, Pat Brisson, has had preliminary talks with the Blue Jackets about a long-term contract, The Columbus Dispatch reports. "I donít anticipate any problems," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told The Dispatch. "Weíll find a deal that works for us and a deal that works for Seth Jones."
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Jones, the Predsí highly-anticipated first-round pick (fourth overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, began his professional career immediately last season -- to no oneís surprise -- after making the team out of training camp. He proceeded to play in all but five of the Predsí regular-season games last year, recording 25 points -- decent for a rookie -- but also a plus-minus rating of minus-23, good for second-worst on the team. Overall, Jones was a top-four defenseman for the Preds last season, averaging roughly 19:30 per game, including 1:58 on the power play. Still only 19 years old, Jones will continue his development this season and should benefit from a retooled offense. However, the Preds have said they want him to work on his physical maturity and get stronger on his feet. Jones is a solid offensive blueliner in the making, but donít expect his point totals to see a big spike just yet.
Jones will most likely start the upcoming season with the Predators after being selected fourth overall in this year's entry draft. Jones was the first defender taken in the draft and at 6-3 and 205, he seems physically prepared to deal with NHL competition, even as a teenager. Soon after landing Jones, the Predators proceeded to waive defender Hal Gill in order to create room for him and it seems Jones should be an immediate contributor for Nashville come October. He will likely start out on the team's third defensive pairing, but he should be an everyday player for the Preds from the get-go, provided he can stay healthy.