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 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 plan to give the defenseman every opportunity to make Nashville’s season-opening roster. Predators coach Barry Trotz calls him “a foundation-type player.”
Jones joined other Predators for an early-morning track workout before getting on the ice for a practice session that consisted mostly of power skating drills.
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