NEWARK, N.J. -- When Nashville Predators general manager David Poile found out he had the fourth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, he was excited because he felt there were four great players in this class.
When it came time to make his pick Sunday at Prudential Center, Poile was ecstatic.
Three players were selected before it was Poile's turn, but he still ended up with the player who was No. 1 on Nashville's draft board, and defenseman Seth Jones landing with the Predators was the first surprising twist of draft day.
"I wish I wouldn't have to say, 'I can't believe the player was there,' but we had Seth Jones rated No. 1. We think he is just a terrific player," Poile said. "This is a franchise-type player. ... Seth Jones to us has been the best player, but we'll see. We all know how it goes with the draft and we won't know for several years, but this feels real good."
Jones was the consensus top-ranked player in this draft class after leading the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship in January, and, until recently, was considered a co-contender for the No. 1 spot with Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon.