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Predators Select Defenseman Seth Jones With No. 4 Overall Pick

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators found themselves in the unfamiliar position of having an early selection in the NHL draft. The team pounced on defenseman Seth Jones with the fourth overall pick Sunday.

Jones, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman, was widely considered the top prospect. He was the top player on the NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters.

He is the son of Ronald "Popeye" Jones, who graduated from Dresden High School in West Tennessee, was a basketball standout for Murray State University in Kentucky and went on to play in the NBA. 

Popeye Jones paced the floor of the Prudential Center and said Seth slept great and was calm in the final hours leading up to the draft. But that had to change just a bit when Jones, who played for Portland of the Western Hockey League last season, slipped to fourth.

It was the highest Nashville selected since the franchise's first draft in 1998 when David Legwand was drafted No. 2 overall.

This was the first time the Predators picked in the first round since 2010.

Thanks to a trade with Washington at the trade deadline in April, they also have Filip Forsberg, the No. 11 overall pick last June.

The lockout-shortened season was uncharacteristic for the Predators who had qualified for the playoffs in seven of their previous eight seasons. But Nashville went 16-23-9 this season, putting the Predators at the bottom of the Central Division and 14th in the Western Conference.

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