Seth Jones Bio
Even though his father Popeye Jones played NBA basketball, Seth Jones preferred sport was ice hockey and the blue liner has excelled at it since the age of five. Jones hails from Arlington, Texas and sharpened his skills with the United States National Team Development Program as a youngster growing up in Colorado. He was drafted into junior hockey by the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League with the 11th overall pick, but his rights were soon traded to the Portland Winterhawks.
Jones scored 12 goals and 50 assists in 109 games in the Development Program and then decided to suit up for the Winterhawks instead of taking the NCAA college hockey route. He notched 14 goals and 42 assists for 56 points in 61 games in lone season in Portland. He added five goals and 15 points in 21 playoff outings as his team won the WHL championship. The Winterhawks advanced to the Memorial Cup, but were downed 6-4 in the final by the Halifax Mooseheads. It was still a successful season for Jones as he made the Western Conference’s First All-Star Team and was named the rookie of the year in the WHL.
Even though Jones was ranked the top North American skater heading into the 2013 NHL Entry Draft he wasn’t taken until the fourth pick overall when the Nashville Predators called his name. He signed an entry-level contract and made the Nashville roster to begin the 2013/14 season. He notched six goals and 25 points in 77 games as an NHL rookie, but the Predators missed the playoffs. Jones chipped in with eight goals and 27 points in 82 outings as a sophomore and added four assists in six playoff contests.
During the 2015/16 campaign, Jones was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 6th, 2016 in return for forward Ryan Johansen. Jones had just one goal and 11 points in 40 games at the time of the trade and posted two goals and 20 points with Columbus in his last 41 outings of the season. The young rearguard was a restricted free agent in the summer of 2016 and he inked a six-year deal with the Blue Jackets for a total of $32.4 million. In his first full year in Columbus, Jones racked up 12 goals and 30 assists in 75 games and chipped in with a pair of helpers in five postseason matches.
Jones set career highs for ice time (24:36), points, goals and assists in 2017/18 as he found the back of the net 16 times and assisted on 41 others for 57 points in 78 games. The Blue Jackets made the playoffs again, but lasted just six games with Jones contributing a goal and four assists. His 16 regular-season goals placed him in a first-place tie with Zach Werenski for the most in a season by a Blue Jackets defenseman. He missed the start of the 2018/19 campaign due to a knee injury and Jones entered it with 45 goals and 182 points in 393 regular-season contests with a goal and 11 points in 17 playoff encounters.
Jones has played for the USA in many international tournaments and won a silver medal with the Under-17 team at the U-17 World Hockey Challenge where he was named an All-Star. He won two gold medals at the IIHF Under-18 World Championships. In addition, he won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 2013 and a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships. He scored 20 points in 24 games with the junior squad and as of Jan. 1St, 2019 had posted 15 points in 21 outings with the senior side.
Standing 6-feet-4-inches tall and weighing in at 210 lbs, Jones has excellent size for a rearguard. He’s quite mobile for a big man and excels in both ends of the rink. He has a big shot from the point and has no problem playing close to 25 minutes a night. He’s one of the top defenders in the NHL even though he doesn’t receive the fanfare of his peers.