In advance of three weekend games in Florida, prospects of the Nashville Predators took to the ice at Centennial Sportsplex Thursday afternoon for a practice session.
Seth Jones, Nashville’s top selection in June’s NHL Entry Draft, was among the players taking part in the on-ice workout. It has been a frenzied last few months for the 18-year-old defenseman. A schedule heavy with pre and post Draft functions led right in to August’s Predators Development Camp. During that camp, he signed his first professional contract with Nashville, who has every intention of Jones making the club in training camp this fall.
Jones did have some downtime after the Development Camp, but things have picked up again.
“I had the US Olympic camp last week and went right to the rookie orientation program,” he said. “Then I went home for three days. It calmed down in between Development Camp and that, but it was definitely pretty hectic.”
At the Olympic camp in Washington, Jones roomed with none other than former Predators defenseman Ryan Suter.
“He is a great guy and he did a lot of awesome things here for the organization,” Jones said Thursday. “We talked a little bit about Nashville and he said it is a 'Grade-A' organization and the fans don’t get any better anywhere else. He said I am going to love it here. Hopefully it lives up to that.”
See Predator fans, Suter isn’t that bad of a guy after all.