After much expectations and speculations about Seth Jones’s selection at No.1 in NHL draft ended on a disappointing note, where he was picked by the Nashville Predators as fourth overall.
Seth Jones has all qualities to be picked as No.1 player at the young age of 18. But the top three teams, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning did not show any interest int picking Seth Jones.
He has got an incredible reach, extensive wingspan and the ability to move laterally with the best of them, the first-round pick has the chance to transition immediately to the NHL. With incredibly high hockey intelligence for such a young player, the former Western Hockey League standout proved that he can take on the best players and all but eliminate them from making a mark on a game by using his defensive prowess.
While the announcement of Seth Jones, his father, former NBA player Popeye Jones waited in his dark suit. He hugged his son and they both went to a place where they were no camera flashes to be found.
It was a shock to everyone, expecting Seth Jones would be the first black player to be selected as the No.1 overall player in NHL history.
“Unhappy that they didn’t choose me,” he continued. “That was their decision, and that’s what they thought would be best for their organization. You’ve got to respect that.”
Though this year he could not be the No.1 in NHL draft but there is a bright future for him down the line.