The Carolina Hurricanes missed out on this elite defender
In 2013 the Hurricanes selected Elias Lindholm with the 5th overall pick. While Lindholm doesn’t meet the requirements to be considered a true bust, it wasn’t exactly a home run pick either given how high the selection was. With several superstars still on the board, one of the better young blueliners in Seth Jones just barely got away.
Going into the draft there was a bit of a toss-up between some experts on if Nathan MacKinnon or Seth Jones would go 1st overall. Colorado went with Mackinnon (which was the right choice) leaving many to believe that Jones would go to Florida. With the 2nd overall selection, however, the Panthers opted to take Aleksander Barkov (also a smart choice).
Jonathan Drouin went to Tampa at pick number three, and with Nashville, on the clock (a team with an insane amount of depth on the backend) it appeared as if Jones’ slide was going to continue.
Obviously the Predators decided to select the best player available and ran up to the podium to snag Seth. While he isn’t a member of their organization any longer, there is no denying that he is one of the better up and coming defensemen in the entire league.
Having Seth Jones and Jaccob Slavin on the top parring would most definitely be one of the best D pairs in the NHL. Playing together there is no reason they couldn’t have taken home multiple Norris Trophies between the two of them.