On Friday morning the Blackhawks announced defenseman Caleb Jones will miss approximately six weeks because of a left wrist strain.
This news will put additional strain on the Blackhawks’ overhauled blue line; Wyatt Kalynuk is already on the shelf for 2-4 weeks to start the regular season.
Riley Stillman and Calvin de Haan figured to play important bottom-pair roles with Seth Jones, Jake McCabe and Connor Murphy making up three of the top four. The injuries to Caleb Jones and Kalynuk opens the door for Ian Mitchell and possibly another youngster — Jakub Galvas? Nicolas Beaudin? — to earn ice time early in the season.