Nashville Predators rookie Seth Jones has had an uneven start to his NHL career. His numbers haven’t been overwhelming, with just three goals and ten points so far this season. Though he’s looked solid at times, he’s yet to live up the hype that was heaped onto him during last offseason’s entry draft.
While he hasn’t been contributing a lot on the scoreboard, he’s certainly been logging a ton of ice time for his club. Throughout the months of October and November, there were multiple games where he logged upwards of 25+ minutes of playing time. Part of this was due to various injuries suffered across the roster, including all-star defenseman Shea Weber. It certainly appeared as if Nashville was more than willing to test their top pick’s endurance.
However, the past two games have seen a stark decline in time on ice. He logged a little over 12 minutes last Saturday against the Washington Capitals, and just a paltry nine and a half minutes Tuesday night as the Predators took on the New York Rangers. However, despite such limited playing time the past two games, Jones said he’s working on bringing his minutes back up soon.
“I’ve had a few meetings with [coach Barry Trotz] and was probably playing more minutes than I should at the beginning of the year because [Roman Josi] got hurt, but that was the circumstance,” Jones said. “I think how many minutes I play is reflected with how I actually play.
“That’s usually how it works, but I’m looking to get my minutes back up.”
If anything, it certainly seems like the Predators have a very dedicated rookie on their hands. He was more than willing to play an enormous amount of minutes despite no prior experience in the big leagues. At the same time, it doesn’t sound like he’s pouting about his decreased playing time as of late.
Though the Predators most likely want to see more from Jones when it comes to scoring, they have to be happy with his determination to get back to increasing his average time on ice. The points will be sure to follow.