Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Seth Jones will miss three weeks due to a hairline fracture of his right foot. The injury was sustained on Saturday as his club faced off against the St. Louis Blues for a 2-1 loss. Jones got tangled up with Patrik Berglund.
The Blue Jackets placed Jones on the injured reserve list on Monday.
“Just a weird play,” Jones said. “First period, in front of the net. Berglund and I got tied up and the back of his skate blade came down hard on top of my foot. It was a really weird play. It went through the tongue [of my skate] and my sock. I didn’t want to take [the skate] off between periods because I knew the swelling would build up and I wouldn’t be able to get my skate back on.”
Despite the incident, Jones played 26:19 in the game.
The 22-year-old defenceman has been playing some excellent hockey for Columbus thus far this season. He has six points in 10 games, including three goals and three assists, and has averaged 24:14 of ice time a game in the first year of his brand new six-year contract.
Jones has been paired with Zach Werenski, who has been playing an average of 21 minutes a game and has 10 points.
“I’m very disappointed for him,” Columbus coach John Tortorella. “Injuries are part of this game. It’s huge a loss for us; I’m not going to say it isn’t. But this happens. It’s for him that it bothers me the most because I think he has really…his mental approach has improved [so] much from the first time I met him last year to where he is right now.”
Tortorella and the Blue Jackets have been carrying eight blueliners, which suggests either Scott Harrington or Dalton Prout will hit the lineup on Wednesday night when the team faces the Anaheim Ducks.
The Blue Jackets acquired Jones in a trade with the Nashville Predators on January 6. In 250 NHL games, he has 20 goals and a total of 89 points.