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Preds sign Seth Jones to entry-level deal

Jul 10, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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Nashville has locked up Seth Jones — its first-round pick from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — to an entry-level deal: three years, $9.675 million.

“Seth is a special prospect and we were fortunate to be in position to select him,” Preds GM David Poile said in a statement. “As a player, he brings so much to our organization, from size you can’t teach to a skill set that every team hopes to add and a personality and maturity that will allow him to grow and develop with our veteran core and other young players.

“He has excelled at the junior and international levels and we anticipate him enjoying great success at the NHL level.”

Jones will make a base salary of $925,000 over the course of the entry-level deal but, with the maximum rookie contract signing bonuses, will carry an average annual salary cap number of $3.225 million.

The deal is reasonably close to what the first overall selection at the ’13 Draft — Nathan MacKinnon — received from the Colorado Avalanche.

MacKinnon’s deal is a three-year, $11.325 million entry-level contract with the same base salary ($925,000) but additional player and signing bonuses.

Jones is expected to compete for a spot on the Preds blueline next season, and is currently participating in Nashville’s summer prospect camp.

  1. pone27 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    This kid is going to be good, real good.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      still can’t believe he dropped that low. so much for d-men being in demand.

      • dallasstars9 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        4th is low?

      • ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        yeah when he was pretty unanimously analysts’ #1. you weren’t at least a little bit shocked he wasn’t top 3?

      • dallasstars9 - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        He didn’t have a great playoff or Memorial Cup tournament. Yes, he was rated top 3 all year by the CHL, but people have short term memories.

      • ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        …well I don’t. hence MY surprise…. that you debated.

  2. ruffridin - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Saw him first hand in the WHL. He will be awesome, congrats Predator fans

  3. montrealbbr - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Him paired with Weber will give other teams fits. Now Nashville needs some guys to score and they’ll be a team to watch.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      and, you know, 2 other D lines.

      • scionofflame - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        Kevin Klein has been great as a 3rd D-Man the last two years. Pair him up with Roman Josi and fill out the bottom pairing with Ryan Ellis/Victor Bartley/Mathias Ekholm and we’ve still got pretty effective defense.

  4. hines86for6 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Weber and Jones likely won’t pair because they both shoot right. Keep Josi paired with Weber on the top line.

    Jones and Bartley on line 2.

    Klein Ellis/Ekholm on the 3rd

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