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Preds play it safe as Jones deals with concussion-like symptoms

Mar 30, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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With a postseason berth all but out of sight, the Nashville Predators have still been showing fight in their remaining games. It sounds like they’re acknowledging their situation when it comes to rookie defenseman Seth Jones‘ recovery from concussion-like symptoms, however.

They’re being patient even as he was skating on Sunday, as the Tennessean reports.

“He’s 19 years old,” Head coach Barry Trotz said. “We’re going to be very cautious with a young guy so there’s no long-term (issues). He’s clear, he’s alert. He’s doing all the physical stuff with no problems, so it’s good. We’ve taken our time a little bit too. You never want to put a player at risk at any time, especially a young player.”

As a prized – and rare – very high draft pick for the Predators (Jones went fourth overall in 2013, with many expecting him to be selected first), it makes total sense that Nashville is taking a measured approach.

We’ll see if that means that Jones won’t be back on the ice until 2014-15 or if he’ll see some action in the Preds’ remaining games.

  1. joey4id - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Especially a young player…. a 19 year old prospect….. If it was say a 30 something journeymen from the AHL….. now that would be a different story. Yeah! I know that’s not what he meant, but that’s what it sounds like.

  2. jaythehelmetguy - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    He’s a really good player and he’ll be a big star down the road. I think he could make captain if he stays with the Preds long enough. When you’re dealing with things like this, especially in a player who was such highly sought after and then able to back it up at 19 years of age, it’s better to be overly cautious rather than put him back too early and ruin his career.

  3. dubblelznhell - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    There’s a lot of players in NHL history who produced a lot better at 19 than this kid. If he works hard he might average 60- 70 points a year for his career…

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