Roman Josi has a concussion

Roman Josi (Sarah Fuqua)

Per Robby Stanley of Smashville 24/7, Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi has a concussion. According to TSN, he has had two before.

Josi was blasted by Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Downie on Friday night. He left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Video of the hit is below.

The league reviewed the hit and determined on Saturday that there was no reason to serve Downie with disciplinary action.

This puts the blueline in serious question. Shea Weber and Kevin Klein were the only two Nashville defensemen with over 100 games of NHL experience headed into the season. With Josi out, that leaves a defense corps of Weber (530 NHL games), Klein (358), Ryan Ellis (64), Victor Bartley (26), Mattias Ekholm (5) and Seth Jones (2). They still have six guys to fill out the three pairings so they’re not short-handed, per se, but that’s a lot of green on the back end. Will this force Nashville to bring in a veteran? Are¬†Joe Piskula‘s 10 NHL games enough to warrant a call up from¬†Milwaukee?

No timetable for Josi’s return was given.

We’ll have an expanded look at the youth of the Predators defense a little later in the day.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)

4 Comments

  1. Tim Johnson

    October 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Well, if Nashville would look to pull a guy from Milwaukee (if Josi’s concussion is more that a 1-2 week thing) Wouldn’t Bryan Rodney be an option as well? Sure, his 34 NHL games isn’t much, but it’s better than Piskula’s 10. Either way, it’s not much…

    • Michael Boykin (@stryke3_mb)

      October 7, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Rodney’s NHL experience makes him a viable option; however, Piskula seemed to impress the Preds during camp and was the last guy cut on D. Naturally, you would have to think he is the top choice for a call up. I also wouldn’t rule out Jarvinen as the longshot.

      • Tim Johnson

        October 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        Granted it was only pre-season and I can’t get to practices, but I would have to say that Jarvinen is more than a long shot. I can’t put my finger on it, but he just seemed…off. Not ready for the season.

  2. 2min4boarding

    October 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Josi has had at least 4 concussions (2 in Switzerland, 2 in NA), so this is the 5th.