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Columbus Blue Jackets trade Ryan Johansen to Predators for Seth Jones

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The NHL's biggest trade of the day is its last, so far.

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Predators look to have found their No. 1 center after a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets has landed them Ryan Johansen in exchange for defenseman Seth Jones, marking the third move made in approximately three hours across the NHL today.

This trade is quite the blockbuster compared to the wizardry done by Flyers GM Ron Hextall and the Capitals acquisition of Mike Richards just mere hours ago. The move between the two teams isn't much of a surprise, however, as rumblings coming from the Columbus Dispatch earlier in the day made note that trade talks between the Predators and the Blue Jackets were "intensifying".

Both teams are swapping one young talent for another, as both Johansen and Jones are under the age of 23, with Jones the 4th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. In Nashville, the Predators will get Johansen, who has just 26 points in 38 games this season on a disappointing Columbus squad. Johansen has spent a good few games on the bench and as a healthy scratch this year, also suffering from an illness that kept him out of the lineup and has affected his play. Last season, Johansen had a career high 71 points in 82 games and was named the NHL All Star MVP in Columbus.

In Columbus, 21-year-old Jones will help rebuild the Blue Jackets blue line in the coming years with Michigan defenseman Zach Werenski coming up through the pipeline in a matter of seasons. Jones has 11 points in 40 games, but still has the potential to become a cornerstone defenseman in the right system. His career high in points through two and a half seasons is 27, reached last year when he held 19 assists in all 82 games played.

While Jones' effect on the Blue Jackets will take longer to see, the Predators can use Johansen right away, as Nashville sits in the last wild card spot in the Western Conference with 45 points, having gone 4-4-2 in their last 10 games.