Predators sign Seth Jones

The Nashville Predators wasted little time in bringing their first pick in last week’s NHL Draft on board.

On Wednesday, Seth Jones, selected with the fourth overall pick, signed his entry-level deal at Centennial Sportsplex in front of a crowd of media and Predators personnel.

“I just signed with an NHL team. My entire life I wanted to be an NHL player. This is another step to really try to prove myself that I can play in the NHL,” Jones said after the signing, reports by Nashville’s The City Paper.

Jones’ contract, which is the standard three-year entry deal, pays him a base salary of $925,000. The contract also includes multiple performance incentives, bringing his cap hit all the way up to $3.225 million.

There is still the potential that Jones will be returned to his Junior hockey team, the Portland Winterhawks. By NHL rules, if the Predators feel Jones isn’t ready, they can return him to Portland after a maximum of nine professional games, and his contract would not kick in. Because of his age – 18 – Jones is too young to play in the American Hockey League.

Nashville doesn’t seem to see that as becoming too much of a problem, though.

“Talking to Seth and his representatives, we both have the same goal in mind: To give Seth every opportunity to play with the Predators as soon as training camp,” GM David Poile said about his newest addition.

“To me, he’s a foundation player for the organization for the next decade, hopefully longer. I’m just glad he’s a confirmed piece of our organization. I really believe he’s going to be a foundation piece just as Pekka (Rinne) and Shea (Weber) are,” coach Barry Trotz added to the Tennessean.

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