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Preds would love to draft Seth Jones with No. 4 pick

Jun 29, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

Seth Jones #3 of Team McClanahan skates in warmups prior to his game against Team Housley at the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at the First Niagara Center on September 29, 2012 in Buffalo, New York.
(September 28, 2012 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

There was a time when it looked like defenseman Seth Jones might be taken with the top pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but lately the Colorado Avalanche have suggested otherwise.

He’s not expected to fall far, but in the doubtful scenario that the Avalanche, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning all decide to pass on him, the Nashville Predators will grab Jones with the fourth overall pick.

“Absolutely, 100%, 110%,” Predators GM David Poile said, according to The Republic. “I think he is the best player in the draft. That is my, our organization’s opinion as to what he is going to become.”

That might seem obvious, but the Predators arguably need a skilled forward more than a blueliner. Even after losing Ryan Suter last summer, the Predators still have a talented and relatively young defensive core. At the same time, they averaged just 2.27 goals per game.

Either way, Poile is very happy with his potential options with the number four pick and probably won’t trade the pick as a result.

“In this case, all these top players bring something to the table,” Poile said. “They could all be star players. That’s how good they are. That’s how pumped up we are and everybody else is on this draft.”

  1. 19to77 - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    And he’s 110% not going to fall that far. Best available by that point will be Barkov, who also fits Nashville’s needs and style of game extremely well on paper.

    • Woody Bass - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Agreed. He “shouldnt” get past the Bolts.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        as much as I would like to see Drouin play with Stamkos I think both the Panthers need Drouin and Tampa needs Jones…

        No chance he falls to #4.

        -wild fan

  2. lgscotti - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Imagine a D pairing of Jones and Weber. Sick.

    • 19to77 - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Perfect role model for him, too. Offensively skilled, seemingly never out of position, and he’d teach Jones that mean streak people say that he lacks.

      Still. They’d need to move up at least two spots to have a real chance at him.

    • helloname01 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:05 AM

      Weber has been massively lacking since Poile let Suter get away. Maybe he would still be semi-worth something if he had another great D man playing next to him.

  3. imacdane - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    This is newsworthy.

  4. bellicosejeff - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I guess any way it goes we’re getting a top player/prospect. However, we already got a cornerstone defenceman…. locked in for 13 more years. We need a guy who can become the #1 center this team has always lacked. I’m really hoping Barkov is available at #4. Like the poster above said he fits our style. And the guy is BIG, we need big to get bigger up front.

  5. denverwally - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    And the fact that the Avalanche just traded two of their regular defensemen makes it all the more likely that jones will in fact be going “home” to Denver, where he grew up just a few miles south.

  6. megahockey - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Will be one of the best draft bluffs in history if Colorado does indeed pick Jones instead of Mackinnon who they have been raving about all week.

  7. vanindeed - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    who are they bluffing if they pick first?

  8. DED - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Look at that. Nashville got him after all.

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