Seth Jones

Seth Jones

29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Chicago Blackhawks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Jones produced his second career 50-point performance during the 2021-22 campaign. In his second year with Chicago, he was held to 37 points while posting a career-low minus-38 rating. On the bright side, he pocketed 12 goals, his highest output since the 2017-18 season. He also produced value in other categories with 106 hits and 125 blocked shots. Jones is the Blackhawks' most important blueliner and will continue seeing bulk minutes. In 2022-23, he logged 24:27 of ice time per game, including 3:18 of power-play time. The 28-year-old will maintain the same role during the 2023-24 campaign and should get back near the 50-point range with an improved Chicago lineup. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension with the Blackhawks in July of 2021.
Provides helper in loss
DChicago Blackhawks
April 14, 2024
Jones registered an assist, four shots on goal and two PIM in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
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Jones has four goals and one assist over his last 10 contests. The defenseman set up Frank Nazar's first career goal midway through the first period. Jones continues to handle a top-pairing role, accumulating 31 points, 169 shots on net, 127 blocked shots, 75 hits and a minus-14 rating over 65 appearances. He's on track for his lowest scoring output in a full-length campaign since 2014-15.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    25:29
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:12
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:11
 
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Short-Handed
2021–22
26:13
3:24
1:53
2022–23
24:27
3:18
1:55
2023–24
25:29
3:12
2:11
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Caught in between rebuilding and retooling, Chicago handed Jones an eight-year, $76 million contract in the summer of 2021. He rewarded the team with 51 points in 78 games a season ago, including 19 points with the man advantage. He added 99 hits and a career-high 155 blocks. That's the good news. That bad news is that Jones posted a horrific minus-37 rating, by far the worst of his career. It shouldn't come as much of a shock. Any skater who leads the league in ice time (26:13 per game) and plays for one of the worst teams in the NHL is going to struggle in the plus-minus department. The Blackhawks project to be no better in 2022-23 and may actually be worse, making Jones a near-impossible play in fantasy leagues in which plus-minus rating is valued. If not, Jones is a legitimate No. 2 fantasy defender for your team.
After establishing himself as one of the game's best offensive defenseman, Jones has been on a downward trend over the last few seasons. He scored five goals and 28 points in 56 games last season, his lowest output since the 2015-16 campaign. Now, Chicago is banking on a bounce back from the 26-year-old blueliner after acquiring him from Columbus and promptly signing him to a massive eight-year extension. Jones is four years removed from his best season when he registered career highs in goals (16), points (57) and power-play points (24) during the 2017-18 season. He could benefit from a change of scenery and he should have a similar role with his new team as a top-pair anchor with a spot on the top power-play unit. Fantasy managers that take a shot on Jones could end up with great value.
Jones missed a large chunk of the 2019-20 regular season after undergoing surgery to address an ankle injury he suffered in February, but he played well when healthy, notching six goals, 24 assists, nine power-play points, 126 shots and 123 blocks in 56 games. The 26-year-old American averaged a whopping 25:17 of ice time per contest last campaign, and that's unlikely to change in 2020-21 as he continues to skate on the Blue Jackets' top pairing while also receiving healthy minutes as a penalty-killer and with the man advantage. If he's able to stay healthy, Jones is capable of playing at a double-digit goal, 45-plus point pace while adding substantial totals in the shot and block categories, making him a high-end secondary option at defense for fantasy managers.
While his final numbers fell a little short of his outstanding 2017-18 campaign, Jones was still the heart and soul of the Blue Jackets' blue line corps, topping 40 points for the third straight season and dishing out triple-digit hits for the first time. The 24-year-old continues to get better, and the Norris Trophy remains a distinct possibility for him in the future -- he's the prototype for a No. 1 defenseman in the modern NHL, combining size, skill and smarts in all three zones. The forward group that led the Blue Jackets into the playoffs got decimated in free agency, and Sergei Bobrovsky is gone too, but with Jones leading the charge on the back end, things may not be as bleak as they appear in Columbus.
The 23-year-old continued to blossom last year as the No. 1 blueliner in Columbus, setting career highs in nearly every imaginable category: goals, assists, power-play points, plus-minus, time on ice, shots, even hits and blocked shots. Jones is the complete package of size and skill, and scary as it is for opposing clubs to contemplate, he may not have hit his ceiling yet. Better health and further development from Zach Werenski alongside him can only help boost Jones' numbers as well. The Jackets' roster and fortunes could be in flux over the next couple of seasons due to the contract situations of Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, but the team is more than set on the blue line, and Jones should have multiple seasons as a Norris Trophy finalist ahead of him. Jones sustained a second degree MCL sprain in September, which will cause him to get out to a late start to the new season, but the burgeoning skater could return by November if his recovery goes well.
The young defenseman put together his best season yet in the NHL last year, forming a dynamic duo with Zach Werenski that led Jones to career highs in goals, points, shots and blocked shots. The fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft has all the tools to be a franchise defenseman, boasting impressive size and length, great puck-handling ability, vision and surprising speed — the additional responsibility he’s been asked to shoulder since coming to Columbus appears to have accelerated his development. Still only 22 years old, Jones figures to be the linchpin of what could end up being the league’s best blue-line corps for many years to come, and while Werenski will be the Blue Jackets’ top scoring option from the back end, Jones may only be scratching the surface of his own upside.
Acquired from the Predators in a blockbuster trade for Ryan Johansen, Jones quickly emerged as the top defenseman in Columbus, seeing almost five more minutes of ice time a night as a Blue Jacket than he did on the crowded Preds blue line, with a commensurate boost in scoring (0.28 points per game in Nashville; 0.49 with Columbus). Still one of the league’s younger players at 21 years old, Jones has the size, skill and mobility to eventually develop into a true No. 1 defenseman and Norris Trophy contender – the sort of player the Jackets have never had in the franchise's entire existence. Coach John Tortorella paired him frequently with fellow youngster Ryan Murray down the stretch, and the two top-five picks (Murray second overall in 2012, Jones fourth overall in 2013) clicked, with Jones' physical presence complementing Murray's slick outlet passes. The duo figures to top the team's depth chart – both at even strength and on the power play – for years to come, but Jones is the one to watch, given his superstar upside. Expect a breakout season that just begins to scratch the surface of his potential.
Jones had a very promising sophomore campaign in Nashville, notching a career-high eight goals and 27 points in 82 games. The 6-foot-4 blueliner struck twice on the power play and fired 123 shots on goal, showing exacty the kind of puck-moving ability that elicited Rob Blake comparisons when he was a junior prospect. Jones, who is still just 21 years old, is a tremendous skater with great vision, and checks all the boxes on the list for a future top-pairing rearguard. However, the Predators are absolutely stacked on the blue line with Shea Weber and Roman Josi quarterbacking the first power-play unit and forming one of the league's great tandems on the top even-strength pair, limiting Jones to a secondary role alongside Ryan Ellis. Though he won't get the minutes that many other defenders drafted near him will receive, Jones might still possess more fantasy upside than any of those players. Look for him to take further strides forward with his offense and flirt with the 30-point mark.
Jones, the Preds’ highly-anticipated first-round pick (fourth overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, began his professional career immediately last season -- to no one’s surprise -- after making the team out of training camp. He proceeded to play in all but five of the Preds’ regular-season games last year, recording 25 points -- decent for a rookie -- but also a plus-minus rating of minus-23, good for second-worst on the team. Overall, Jones was a top-four defenseman for the Preds last season, averaging roughly 19:30 per game, including 1:58 on the power play. Still only 19 years old, Jones will continue his development this season and should benefit from a retooled offense. However, the Preds have said they want him to work on his physical maturity and get stronger on his feet. Jones is a solid offensive blueliner in the making, but don’t expect his point totals to see a big spike just yet.
Jones will most likely start the upcoming season with the Predators after being selected fourth overall in this year's entry draft. Jones was the first defender taken in the draft and at 6-3 and 205, he seems physically prepared to deal with NHL competition, even as a teenager. Soon after landing Jones, the Predators proceeded to waive defender Hal Gill in order to create room for him and it seems Jones should be an immediate contributor for Nashville come October. He will likely start out on the team's third defensive pairing, but he should be an everyday player for the Preds from the get-go, provided he can stay healthy.
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Caps comeback with game-winner
DChicago Blackhawks
March 24, 2024
Jones scored twice on four shots, added two hits and went plus-2 in Saturday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks.
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Earns 400th career point
DChicago Blackhawks
March 19, 2024
Jones posted a power-play assist and five shots on goal in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Kings.
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Strikes on power play Tuesday
DChicago Blackhawks
March 12, 2024
Jones scored a power-play goal on three shots in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Ducks.
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Four assists vs. Coyotes
DChicago Blackhawks
March 10, 2024
Jones recorded four assists in Sunday's 7-4 win over Arizona.
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Opens and closes scoring in win
DChicago Blackhawks
March 5, 2024
Jones scored two goals on five shots and blocked two shots in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Coyotes.
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Set to play in World Championship
DChicago Blackhawks
April 10, 2024
Jones will probably be part of Team USA for the IIHF World Championship in May, according to Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest.
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Jones has eight goals, 30 points, 71 hits and 124 blocks in 62 contests with Chicago this season. He was the captain of Team USA in 2022, providing a goal and five points in 10 outings during that tournament.
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