Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones was selected fourth overall by the Nashville Predators in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft Sunday.
As the fourth overall selection, Jones is third Winterhawks player taken in the top five in the last four years, joining Ryan Johansen (fourth) and Nino Niederreiter (fifth) in 2010.
Jones made a tremendous impact in his first WHL season, registering 14 goals and 42 assists for 56 points in 61 games to lead all rookie defensemen and finish fourth among all blueliners. Jones went on to post 15 points in 21 playoff games to help lead the Winterhawks to their third WHL Championship, and added four points in five games at the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Jones was named the WHL Rookie of the Year and the CHL’s Top Draft Prospect, and was named to the WHL First All-Star Team.
“We’re incredibly proud of Seth for being selected fourth overall,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “He arrived under a great deal of scrutiny, but surpassed all expectations. He was a vital component of our WHL championship and I know he has a long NHL career ahead of him.”
Jones also starred on the international stage, leading the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship, where he had seven points, second among all defensemen at the tournament.
With Jones being taken fourth overall, it marks the fourth straight season the Hawks have had at least one first round pick, joining Derrick Pouliot in 2012, Sven Bartschi and Joe Morrow in 2011 and Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter in 2010.
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