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12-18-2013, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Seth Lake View Post
Here's an interesting thought...

Could the reduction in ice time be a decision to help maintain Jones for the long haul of an 82 game season against men as an 18 yo?

Jones has played a lot of hockey. No doubt he can do it, but after a great start he did struggle for a stretch. Right now his ice might be limited to simply have him concentrate on developing a few areas, maintaining his body, and continuing to learn the demands of the pro game.

I lived through Chris Pronger's rookie year in Hartford. Jones is going a lot smoother...
That's probably it. Remember Smith's rookie season when he was going strong until about mid-way through the season? Playing Jones 25 minutes a night will wear him out over the year. It'll be better for him to have some games with lower TOI, and it'll help him learn from his mistakes.

If there is one thing I won't complain about it's Trotz and developing defenseman.

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