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Blackhawks: Seth Jones should get a chance to prove himself

By Jimmy Lynch
Seth Jones #3, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Seth Jones #3, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks traded for Seth Jones on the day of the NHL draft. The cost of the trade was high, and so is the contract extension he signed to stay in Chicago for a long time.

While the contract and trade might not look good for the Blackhawks right now, everyone needs to wait for Seth Jones to play.

Seth Jones is going to be a star with the Blackhawks. He is the team’s new number one defenseman, and now that he is out of Columbus and on a team that seems to be taking steps forward to be competitive things are only going to get better for Jones.

Jones is united with his brother Caleb Jones who was sent to Chicago in a trade that sent Duncan Keith to Edmonton. The two brothers will now be in one of the biggest markets in the entire NHL playing for a team trying to get back to their winning ways with Toews and Kane.

Chicago gave up a lot to add Seth Jones and they are going to be paying him a lot for a while, but the one x-factor that everyone is not mentioning is that he could be that new number one defenseman this franchise needs.

Jones was the defenseman that played 65 plus minutes in a 2020 playoff game against the Lightning:

He was one of the main reasons the Columbus Blue Jackets swept Tampa Bay in 2019, and he is someone that the Blackhawks are lucky to now have on their side. Now he has to just go out and show he can play with his new team.

If Chicago gets the Seth Jones that helped sweep Tampa Bay and has had a lot of experience in this league through his long career already at the age of 26, then they are in a great position for the future. Throw in the fact that their defense now includes names like Jones, Murphy, and McCabe, and the top four is filling out nicely.

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While there are doubts when it comes to Jones and the entire revamped Blackhawks team, I think we have to wait and see what they manage to do on the ice before we call it a lost season or a bad contract.

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