Seth Jones
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 10/03/1994
AGE: 21
DRAFTED: NSH: 2013-4 overall
WHL West First All-Star Team (2013) WHL Rookie of the Year (2013) Canadian Major Junior Top Prospect of the Year (2013)
2014-15: Set career highs in goals (8) and points (27), and tied a career high in assists (19)… Nashville’s only defenseman – and one of four Preds total – to appear in all 82 of the team’s games… Set career highs in average ice time (19:52), shots (123) and hits (72)… Scored one of Nashville’s four shorthanded goals – Feb. 3 vs. Toronto – his first career man-down marker… Played in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 29 vs. Columbus… Named one of the United States’ three best players for the second consecutive year at the 2015 World Championship… Ranked second among Team USA blueliners in points (1g-3a-4pts) and plus/minus rating (+4) in 10 tournament games. PLAYOFFS: Suited up for all six of Nashville's Western Conference Quarterfinal contests vs. Chicago, tying for the team lead in assists (4). His four helpers also tied a franchise record for assists by a defenseman in a playoff series (4)... Ranked second on the team in average ice time (28:02), more than eight minutes more than he averaged during the regular season… Recorded an assist in his playoff debut in Game One of the WCQ vs. Chicago, as well as in the final three games of the series.

Tied for fifth among the League's rookie defensemen in goals (6), tied for sixth in assists (19) and ranked seventh in points (25)... His assist total tied for third most by a rookie in franchise history… Ranked second among NHL rookie defensemen in total minutes played (1,510:46), and tied for fifth in average ice time (19:37), which also ranked third among Nashville blueliners… Ranked fourth among rookie defensemen in games played (77), power-play points and power-play assists (2g-7a-9pts)… Five of his six goals were scored on the road, with four of the five being scored in Canada, including both game-winning goals: Oct. 19 at Montreal (GWG at 1:27 of the third period), Nov. 21 at Toronto, Jan. 28 at Winnipeg and March 10 at Ottawa (GWG at 3:49 of overtime)… Fourteen of his 19 assists came on home ice… Recorded his first NHL point/assist on Filip Forsberg’s first career goal, a power-play marker on Oct. 8, 2013 vs. Minnesota… Made his NHL debut on his 19th birthday, Oct. 3, 2013 at St. Louis… Attended the U.S. Olympic Orientation Camp in August… Named Best Defenseman and to the tournament All-Star Team at the 2014 World Championship… The eighth U.S. player to receive a directorate award at the World Championship, first since Ty Conklin (Best Goaltender, 2004) and the second defenseman (John Mayasich, 1962)… Also named one of the United States’ three best players of the tournament… Led all tournament defensemen in points (2g-9a-11pts) and assists. Ranked second among all skaters in assists (tie) and average ice time (25:38), and tied for fifth in points and plus/minus rating (+8)… Led Team USA in points and assists as the team’s youngest player.

AMATEUR/CAREER NOTES: Recipient of the Jim Piggott Trophy as Western Hockey League Rookie of the Year, Canadian Hockey League’s Top Prospect of the Year and was a WHL First-Team All-Star after ranking fourth among WHL blueliners, and first among rookie defensemen, in points (14g-42a-56pts) with Portland in 2012-13… Ranked third among WHL defensemen, and first among rookies, in plus/minus rating (+46) and assists (42) in 2012-13… Helped Portland to a 57-12-3 record playing alongside fellow Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic in 2012-13… Ranked second among WHL d-men in goals (5) and plus/minus rating (+15), and third in points (15) during the 2013 WHL Playoffs, helping the Winterhawks claim the Ed Chynoweth Cup as league champions… Tied for the 2013 Memorial Cup lead among defensemen in goals (2), and tied for third at the position in points (4), helping Portland reach the tournament final… Helped the United States claim the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship, leading all defensemen in assists (6) and ranking second among blueliners in points (7) and plus/minus rating (+8)... The youngest member of Team USA at the 2013 WJC… The top-rated North American skater in Central Scouting’s final ratings of 2013… Notched an assist to help Team Orr to victory at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game… Captained the Under-18 U.S. National Team Development Program in 2011-12, leading team defensemen in assists (23) and ranking second in points (31)... Captained Team USA to its fourth consecutive gold medal at the Under-18 World Championship in 2012, ranking second among tournament defensemen in goals (3) and points (8), and first in plus/minus rating (+9)... Split the 2010-11 campaign between the U.S. NTDP’s Under-17 and Under-18 teams, serving as captain of the Under-17 team… Paced Under-17 team defensemen in points (4g-17-21pts) despite playing in only 37 of its 55 games… Helped the United States win gold at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship… Named a tournament all-star while captaining the U.S. to a silver medal at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge... Split his minor hockey between Colorado and Dallas, playing for the Dallas Stars Midget teams from 2008-10.

BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Jonesy”… On Twitter @Seth_Jones3… Favorites include Silver Linings Playbook (movie), Gerard Butler (actor), Sidney Crosby (player to watch), Golden State Warriors (jersey in a different sport)… The non-hockey venue he’d most like to play a game in is AT&T Stadium… Considers The Notebook to be his guilty pleasure… His father, Ronald “Popeye” Jones, played 11 NBA seasons with Dallas, Toronto, Boston, Denver, Washington and Golden State and is as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers. He was born in Dresden, Tenn., and played collegiately at Murray State… Has an older brother, Justin, who retired after playing from 2009-11 with the NAHL's Texas Tornado, and a younger brother, Caleb, who will suit up for the Under-18 U.S. NTDP squad in 2014-15.

TRANSACTIONS:  June 30, 2013 – Nashville’s first choice, fourth overall (first round), in the 2013 Entry Draft.