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Jones ‘looking to get my minutes back’ after Preds cut ice time

Dec 12, 2013, 12:37 PM EST

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One of the big stories from early this season was the massive ice time being logged by Nashville’s rookie defenseman, Seth Jones.

Recently, though, that narrative has changed — Jones played a season-low 9:29 against the Rangers on Tuesday — and now he’s looking to reverse that course.

“I’ve had a few meetings with [Preds head 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 told The Tennessean. “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.”

Jones logged some remarkable TOI totals in the first month of the season, including 28:14 in a 2-1 shootout loss to L.A. on Oct. 17 — just his seventh NHL game — and 30:19 in a 5-4 shootout loss to Phoenix on Oct. 31.

When Shea Weber was lost after taking a puck to the eye in late November, Jones’ minutes spiked again. He played a career-high 30:43 against Philly on Nov. 30 and 29:40 the following game against Vancouver — but there’s been a dramatic down spike since.

Jones is minus-11 on the season and his Corsi (a plus-minus statistic that measures shot attempts) has decreased steadily as the year’s progressed. His offensive production has dried up — just three points in his last 17 games — and, as a result, Trotz has dramatically cut Jones’ minutes.

Prior to playing less than 10 minutes against the Rangers, Jones saw just 12:42 in a 5-2 loss to Washington.

  1. esracerx46 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I like Seth Jones, but he’s not ready to be an Olympian. I hope Poile realizes this. It’s not his time yet, better options out there.

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Which is why I couldn’t understand it when all Olympics talks were all about Seth, when I had watched games where I saw a rookie being thrust into a role he might not of been ready for. He was handling it with dignity, and obviously its helped his development, but then to jump to Olympic hopeful overnight literally shocked me. Especially when a kid like Torey Krug continued to put up points, continued to quarterback a power-play, and would be a perfect fit on larger ice with his speed and ability to get defenders off balance. You would never guess this kid was a rookie. You also would never guess he went undrafted.. and therein lies the problem. A 1st rounder will always garner the attention. Especially one that was pegged to go as the 1st overall pick. I wish the best for Seth. I just hope he gets to mature the right way, and not by being thrown into roles he might not be ready for, and not the polar opposite by being forced to only play a minor role 9 minutes a might.

  3. blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    SETH SCHMETH …

    SHOULDN’T WE BE TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER ‘JONES’ TODAY ?

    like maybe a one MARTIN JONES on the SC Champion LA Kings ! :)

    friends, I still can’t get over how well Martin Jones played last night ! … what a brilliant performance ! … in fact, it was reminiscent of a ‘rookie’ Ken Dryden completely stonewalling the Blackhawks back in that ’71 playoff series ! … you gotta love it man ! :)

    • bsaures - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      When Jpnes wins a Conn Smythe, a Calder,5 Vezinas, 6 stanley cups, and proves that he is one of the best all time goalies then you can compare him to Dryden. Martin Jones at this point in his career hasnt even earned the right to wipe Drydens butt

      • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        friend … I didn’t say he ‘was’ Ken Dryden, I said it was ‘reminiscent’ of Ken Dryden back in ’71 … anyway, Ken Dryden is one of my all-time favorites and I gather he’s one of yours too ? … so as the French would say … ‘touché’ ! :)

      • bsaures - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Theres no reminiscent.Dryden came in and took a starting job from a established all star at the end of a season and lead his team to the cup. Jones has played 4 games in DECEMBER because the starter is hurt. When Quick comes back Jones will go back in obscurity.

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