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Jones ‘definitely’ wants to prove Avs, Panthers and Bolts wrong

Jun 30, 2013, 5:58 PM EST

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The surprise of the early part of the NHL Draft — Seth Jones falling to Nashville at No. 4 overall — has left a chip on Jones’ shoulder.

“You definitely want to prove them wrong and you definitely want to show them why they should have picked you,” Jones said after Colorado, Florida and Tampa Bay all passed on selecting him. “That’s not my only goal next year, but it’s definitely on my list.”

Jones, the No. 1-rated North American skater by NHL Central Scouting, was thought to be a virtual lock for a top-three spot. Preds GM David Poile — who didn’t figure he’d have a chance to pick Jones — couldn’t stop raving about the WHL Portland blueliner prior to the draft.

“Absolutely, 100 percent. 110 percent,” Poile said earlier this week, when asked if the Preds would take Jones. “I think he’s the best player in the draft.

“He’s the whole package, He has size, he has great skating, he has offensive abilities. I certainly think he’s going to be an aggressive player.”

It’s unclear exactly why Jones fell.

Colorado was clearly enamored with Nathan MacKinnon at the No. 1 spot, and Florida thought highly enough of Aleksander Barkov to use the No. 2 pick on him (after a “healthy debate,” according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.)

Tampa Bay opted for Jonathan Drouin — considered to be the best playmaker in the draft — at No. 3, leaving Nashville the golden opportunity to draft the guy they wanted all along.

“He can be a Norris Trophy winner,” Poile said. “That’s not to say the other guys couldn’t be equally as good, but that’s how I would have him — as the best player in the draft.”

Nashville also has to be thrilled about the Jones-Phil Housley reunion. Housley, who coached Jones on the gold medal-winning American World Junior team in 2013, was hired as an assistant coach in Nashville earlier this month.

And as for Jones? He’s happy to be going to Music City.

“I love country [music], to be honest,” he said. “I listen to it a lot, actually. “

  1. tigers182 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    What is the medias obsession with “he wants to prove the teams that passed him over wrong” in all sports? The statement is always put in their mouth to have a story.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      They, the media, need something to talk about. So now when the Avs and Preds face off, we all know what they predictable story line will be.

  2. blackhawks2010 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Seth Jones and Shea Webber on blueline and Rekka in net, they are loaded…

  3. girouxed - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Who cares of they passed you? You got selected and now you’re rich hahahahaha

  4. pensman29 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    It doesn’t matter. But I bet some athletes r so competitive that they would be mad if a team didn’t trade up to get them at number 1 overall Haha.

  5. blackheart78 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Great Nashville’s D gets even better. So I guess now they will lose games 2-0, instead of 3-0. Really think sometimes teams get to defensive oriented and then have nobody to score for them.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      true, but some two-way defenseman can contribute significantly to a team’s offensive. erik karlsson, kris letang, and p.k. subban are prime examples. if jones lives up to his hype there’s no reason to believe that he can’t have that kind of impact.

      • blackheart78 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        Good point. Honestly. But I still think Nashville lags in the scoring department. Not saying if I were Poile I still wouldn’t have drafted Seth Jones, but I would now be looking for scoring via with the surplus of defenseman on the Predators.

  6. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    i know nashville probably didn’t have the season they had hoped for last year, but the kid should be excited. he was drafted to a good team with an excellent fan base. not all top five picks are so lucky…

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Really surprised me those first three teams passed over a potential franchise dman, but Nashville gets their dream scenario. Say what you want about their scoring but very few teams draft and develop blueliners like the Preds. And a pairing of Jones-Weber could be a dream 1-2 punch.

    • blackheart78 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      I already saw on another board someone joking about how in 5 years the Flyers will give Seth Jones the same offer sheet they offered Shea Weber last year, hahahahaha. That would be hilarious.

  8. mrpinkca - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    I’m glad they’ve been realigned.

  9. bellicosejeff - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    The new CBA won’t allow those cap circumventing mega deals anymore I believe. Shea Weber may have been the last player to cash in on that old CBA loophole. Still, an offer sheet is always a possibility.

    At first, and nothing against Jones honestly, I was hoping for Barkov. Now that it’s settled in I love the pick. Peks was playing with a hip injury, all last season I think. He’ll be healed up and back to form. Wilson and Bourque we’re having good (half) seasons until they went down. Our D is stacked.

    Hopefully Poile can get some offensive help in here through free agency or trade. I’m not sure about the cap situation and all that. If we can add a scorer or two, look out. There’s some potential here to be a real nasty team to play against. We shall see. Looking forward to FA and the start of the season!

  10. redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    who cares about the talking heads, they talk to hear themselves talk and write nonsense and fabrications, the kid got selected by the team that is best suited to his strengths

    • tbbolts91 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:20 AM

      This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin around . . .

  11. frankiesweep - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Defense and goaltending are how you start to build a team… Guess the 3 teams in front of Nashville didn’t get the memo…

  12. frankiesweep - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    David Poile has the best dye job in the business too…

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