Friday, January 26, 2018
Noon Player Notes in the Draft (Jan 26)
Another name has dropped out of the All-Star festivities, as Columbus defenseman Seth Jones has been sidelined with an illness, according to the Blue Jackets release on the matter, so instead they will be sending teammate Zach Werenski in his place. It is unclear whether or not Jones will have to miss a game of the regular season, just to comply with the guidelines or whether or not illness is good enough reason to pass through unscathed, given that a player can recover over the weekend.
Werenski has been pretty good for the Jackets this season, scoring 11 goals and 22 points in 45 games, good enough for 239th overall in pool scoring, 40th among all defenders. He is the lowest scoring defenseman going to the festivities, but it's an easy switch for the league and the team.
Jones coming out means that Derek B. loses a body at the All-Star tournament, while Wes gains one, which now means that both pool teams have two players participating.