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Predators sign first-rounder Jones to entry-level deal

The Sports Network

7/10/2013 2:43:13 PM

The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Seth Jones, the fourth overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday.

Jones had 14 goals and 42 assists in 61 games with Portland (WHL) last season. Jones, who won the Jim Piggott Trophy as the WHL's Rookie of the Year, added another five goals and 10 assists in 21 playoff games as the Winterhawks captured the 2013 WHL Championship.

"Seth is a special prospect and we were fortunate to be in position to select him," Predators general manager David Poile said. "As a player, he brings so much to our organization, from size you can't teach to a skill set that every team hopes to add and a personality and maturity that will allow him to grow and develop with our veteran core and other young players. He has excelled at the junior and international levels and we anticipate him enjoying great success at the NHL level."