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David Poile: Seth Jones ‘in the mix’ for U.S. Olympic team

Nov 21, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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He may be a long shot, but Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones is at least in the discussion for the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team.

That’s according to Predators’ general manager David Poile, who holds the same position with the U.S. Olympic team for the 2014 Sochi Games.

“We still have decisions to make at every position but we’re certainly zoning in on what I would call our ghost roster or what have you, and players like Seth are clearly in the mix,” Poile recently told NHL.com.

“His potential is as high, if not higher, than anybody we have on our team. He is the youngest player, one of the youngest players we’ve talked about, so from that standpoint he lacks experience. So for him it’s critical in the month of December.

“If he’s one of the best USA defensemen in the month of December he’s got a real good chance.”

Jones, who turned only 19 years of age in October, scored his third goal of his rookie season on Thursday, as the Predators down the Toronto Maple Leafs by a final score of 4-2.

With the Predators on the power play, Jones ripped a slap shot that was deflected off a Toronto player in front of the net and past Jonathan Bernier.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Jesus Christ, would you stop posting a weekly reminder that Seth Jones might make the team as a 6th D man who would see hardly any time on the ice.

    Yes put the kid out there on those huge ice surfaces, watch the worlds fastest players blow by him.
    Seriously, I fairly certain you have psoted this exact same story for 3 weeks straight now.

    You don’t post anything on the players who will actually MATTER on team USA, just this same representative crap.

    A near meaningless player might make the team as a 6th D man, whooptee do.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    “Team USA D is so weak a 19 year old rookie who would get embarrassed on the large surface might make the team” Now repeat weekly and completely ignore the rest of the potential team.

    Team Canada hopes and prays that Jones makes the team and actually plays minutes vs them, they will skate around him easily.

  3. brockohol - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Yeah this is getting annoying. Thank god he is not playing in a major hockey market or else this would be so annoying I wouldnt even look at hockey related articles on sports websites.

    He is a good young player and is probably going to be great and will surely be around next Olympics but cant tell me that he will be on the ice in the 3rd period of tied game.

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