NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Nashville Predators found themselves in the unfamiliar position of having an early selection in the NHL draft. The team picked defenseman Seth Jones with the fourth overall selection Sunday.
This is the highest Nashville has selected since the franchise's first draft in 1998 when David Legwand was drafted No. 2 overall.
Jones is the son of former Murray State and NBA star Ronald "Popeye" Jones.
This was the first time the Predators picked in the first round since 2010.
Thanks to a trade with Washington at the trade deadline in April, they also have Filip Forsberg, the No. 11 overall pick last June.
The lockout-shortened season was uncharacteristic for the Predators who had qualified for the playoffs in seven of their previous eight seasons. But Nashville went 16-23-9 this season, putting the Predators at the bottom of the Central Division and 14th in the Western Conference.
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