It’s been a reasonably good start to the year in Columbus — 5-3-2 record, a historic 10-0 win over the Habs — but some luster was knocked off Monday, as the club announced Seth Jones would miss the next three weeks with a hairline fracture in his foot.
The loss is profound, without question.
Jones is the team’s anchor on the back end — nobody on the team plays more minutes, and he leads all blueliners in goals while sitting second in assists.
Up to this point, the 22-year-old has also been remarkably durable, and capable of shouldering a heavy workload. He’s appeared in 240 of a possible 246 games over his three-year career, and has seen his TOI and overall role spike since coming over from Nashville in last year’s Ryan Johansen blockbuster.
The three-week timetable would keep Jones out until Nov. 28, meaning he’s likely to miss Columbus’ next 10 games.