The Chicago Blackhawks have moved Seth Jones to injured reserve retroactively to October 29 as he deals with a thumb injury. Charlie Roumeliotis of NBCS Chicago reports that the team has recalled Alec Regula in his place.
Jones is expected to miss three to four weeks, meaning there may be a chance for Regula to get into a few more games. He was practicing as an extra today, but the 22-year-old already did play one with the Blackhawks before being sent down last month.
Selected 67th overall in 2018, Regular has 19 career games in the NHL but was excellent for the Rockford IceHogs last season, registering 26 points in 41 games. The 6’4″ defender logged just over 17 minutes in his first game this season.
After an excellent start to the year, the Blackhawks have now lost their last three. Each of those games has been decided by just one goal (or a shootout), and head coach Luke Richardson has his band of misfits playing hard. Losing Jones will be a blow, but no one expected Chicago to even be competitive this season and they’ve proved us wrong, so perhaps they can keep their head above water without the high-priced defenseman.