Roman Josi’s game has had a little more jump this season.

The second-year defenseman’s passes have looked crisper, his positional play has been stronger, his defense more sound.

“The biggest thing for him was to be more consistent all over the ice,” defensive partner Shea Weber said. “He plays a very solid game.”

In season of limited optimism and more downs than ups for the Predators, Josi has provided hope for the future. He built on a solid rookie campaign to show top-pairing potential, and at age 22 he has room to grow into another strong defenseman drafted and developed by the franchise.

“He’s going to continue to get stronger and get that man-strength,” coach Barry Trotz said. “I think he’s still at that boy-strength. That man-strength, where you run into a guy and go, ‘Wow, OK, I’m not sure I can handle this guy,’ … that’s where I think his next step is in terms of the physical stuff.”

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Josi spent the offseason reducing his body fat with better workouts and a healthier diet. It helped him become more offensively prolific as well as trustworthy on the defensive end.

Josi has 18 points in 46 games, up from 16 in 52 games last season. He’s also averaging more than five minutes extra of ice time per game at 23:30.

“He came into the year in really good shape, which was huge, to play all those minutes,” defenseman Kevin Klein said. “The more he plays, the better he’s going to get.”