Seth Jones is out 4-6 weeks after an MRI revealed a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament.
The 23-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman was injured during the second period of a 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres in the Kraft Hockeyville USA game at Clinton Arena in Clinton, New York, on Tuesday.
“It’s going to be a little while with [Jones],” coach John Tortorella told 97.1 The Fan in Columbus before the Blue Jackets announced the injury.
Jones had 57 points (16 goals, 41 assists) and was plus-10 last season, each an NHL career high. His 16 goals tied a Blue Jackets record with teammate Zach Werenski for most in a season by a defenseman.
Acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators for center Ryan Johansen on Jan. 6, 2016, Jones has 119 points (30 goals, 89 assists) in 194 games with the Blue Jackets, and 182 points (45 goals, 137 assists) in 393 NHL games. The No. 4 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft is a two-time NHL all-star but missed the game last season with an illness.