Seth Jones (concussion-like symptoms) to miss first game of season

No rookie has played more than Seth Jones this year but tonight, the Preds’ defenseman will miss his first game of the season due to concussion-like symptoms.

Jones, 19, suffered the injury during Sunday’s win over Chicago following a heavy hit into the boards. He left after playing just 5:48 and didn’t return.

Michael Del Zotto, who’s been a healthy scratch in recent games, will draw into the lineup to replace Jones, who is the only rookie skater this season to have topped the 1,400-minutes played plateau. Jones has 24 points through 72 games this season and is averaging 19:55 TOI per game.

The Preds are being careful with the concussion diagnosis — as evident by the “concussion-like symptoms” tag — something head coach Barry Trotz explained prior to tonight’s tilt against Colorado.

“With him we’re going to be very cautious,” Trotz said, per “Good young player who’s got a long and I think a very good career ahead of him. We’ll make sure he’s fully healthy.

“Our training staff will do that. We’re not going to put him in a situation that’s going to have any effects on him later.”

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