Seth Jones' jersey already is setting Nashville's first-round draft pick apart from the other prospects at the Predators' annual development camp.
Jones, selected by the Predators with the fourth overall pick in the June 30 draft, stepped onto the ice with his preferred No. 3 sewn on the back of practice jersey. Many of the other campers sported the much higher numbers typically given to prospects who are years away from reaching the NHL.
Jones is only 18 years old, but the Predators are going to give the 6-foot-4 defenseman every opportunity to make Nashville's season-opening roster.
''He's a young man, who you can tell at 18-years-old, he's got lots of poise and polish and moves pretty well,'' Predators coach Barry Trotz said. ''He's a foundation-type player who will be a foundation-type for us for a number of years.''
Jones joined other Predators prospects on an early-morning track workout at nearby Vanderbilt University in the oppressive Tennessee heat and humidity. He then ...