Blue Jackets fans today are debating the merits of the club’s decision to trade center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Seth Jones.
Johansen was an NHL All Star last season and was an impact player with the club in each of the last two seasons. This season…not so much…though it’s hard to identify more than a small handful of players that have been.
The 21-year-old Jones was the 4th overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen sings his praises:
Seth Jones is a big, skilled defenseman who has the potential to be an elite performer in this league for many years to come, He has tremendous skill with the puck, sees the ice extremely well and has the ability to shut down the opposition as well. We believe he will be an anchor on the blueline for our team for many years to come.
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