Blackhawks’ Seth Jones out for Weeks due to Thumb Injury

The Blackhawks organization announced Sunday that Seth Jones had a right thumb injury that would keep him out for weeks.

The Chicago Blackhawks will be without their top defenseman, Seth Jones, for the foreseeable future.

Jones suffered a right thumb injury and will miss 3-4 weeks, the team announced Sunday.

Head coach Luke Richardson said Jones suffered the injury while blocking a shot in the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Seth Jones will not play in tonight’s game (right thumb) and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. https://t.co/pAIpq8XbO5

Jones, 28, has recorded four assists over eight games to start his second season with the Blackhawks. Chicago traded for Jones ahead of the 2021-22 season and signed him to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension.

In 666 career games over parts of 10 seasons with the Nashville Predators (2013-16), Columbus Blue Jackets (2016-21) and Chicago, Jones has 341 points (70 goals, 271 assists) as well as 1,082 blocked shots and 340 takeaways. He was an NHL All-Star in the 2017-18 season.

Entering Sunday, he led the Blackhawks by averaging 25:14 of ice time per game. He also had four assists in eight games.

Losing Seth Jones obviously leaves a major void on the blue line. In his absence, Richardson said the Blackhawks will distribute the minutes evenly among defensemen.

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