Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Seth Jones
Seth Jones was born on October 3, 1994, in Arlington, Texas. The son of former NBA player "Popeye" Jones, Seth began playing hockey in Denver at the age of five when his father was playing for the Nuggets. On the advice of Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Member Joe Sakic, whose Colorado Avalanche shared the Pepsi Center with the elder Jones' Nuggets, Seth took skating classes prior to enrolling in organized hockey.

Upon moving back to Texas at the age of 12, Jones would join the United States National Team Development Program and quickly emerge as a star in the making. Jones was selected 11th overall in the 2009 WHL draft by the Everett Silvertips, though he would have likely gone higher if concerns that he would choose the NCAA over the WHL had not caused his draft stock to fall.

Following his very successful time with the USNTDP, Jones was forced to decide between the WHL and NCAA. Faced with the prospect of losing Jones for nothing, the Silvertips traded the defenceman's rights to the Portland Winterhawks. Jones would join the Winterhawks and immediately establish himself as one of the Western Hockey League's best defenceman. At the mid-way point of the 2012-13 season Jones was ranked as the top prospect among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Jones would tally 14 goals and 42 points for the Winterhawks, leading the club to the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champions.

Jones was selected fourth overall at the 2013 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators and would make his NHL debut for the club on October 3, 2013. He would go on to appear in 77 games for the club during the 2013-14 season, recording six goals and 19 assists.

During the 2015-16 season, the Predators surprised many when they traded Jones to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Ryan Johansen. He would go on to appear in 41 games for the Blue Jackets, scoring a pair of goals and adding 18 assists as the season came to an end.

On the international stage, Jones twice won the IIHF World Under 18 Championship and helped the United States team to the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship held in Ufa, Russia. He also suited up for the American squad at the 2014 World Championship where he recorded an impressive 11 points in just eight games.

In 2016, Jones was part of Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. Nicknamed "The Young Guns", the team was comprised of players 23-and-under from Canada and the United States and surprised many with their speed and skill.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2009-10 Dallas Stars T1EHL 42 5 13 18 20
2010-11 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 28 1 13 14 20 +5
2010-11 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-17 17 3 7 10 8
2010-11 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-18 12 0 7 7 4
2010-11 United States WJ18-A 6 0 3 3 0 +3
2011-12 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program USHL 20 4 8 12 6 +5
2011-12 USA Hockey National Team Dev Program U-18 32 4 15 19 12
2011-12 United States WJ18-A 6 3 5 8 0 +9
2012-13 Portland Winterhawks WHL 61 14 42 56 33 +46 21 5 10 15 4
2012-13 Portland Winter Hawks M-Cup 5 2 2 4 4
2013-14 Nashville Predators NHL 77 6 19 25 24 -23
2013-14 United States WC-A 7 2 7 9 6 +6
2014-15 Nashville Predators NHL 82 8 19 27 20 +3 6 0 4 4 6
2014-15 United States WC-A 10 1 3 4 4 +4
2015-16 Nashville Predators NHL 40 1 10 11 10 -5
2015-16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 41 2 18 20 12 -9
2016-17 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 75 12 30 42 24 +6 5 0 2 2 0
NHL Totals 315 29 96 125 90 11 0 6 6 6


WHL West First All-Star Team (2013) WHL Rookie of the Year (2013) Canadian Major Junior Top Prospect of the Year (2013) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2017) Traded to Columbus by Nashvile for Ryan Johansen, January 6, 2016.
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