Player News - Jets

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The Winnipeg Jets have announced that Michael Hutchinson will play the entire game tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

It looks like the Jets goaltending situation will be another point of frustration for the Jets this season as they are currently slated to start the season with Steve Mason, Connor Helleybuyck and Michael Hutchinson on the opening night roster. Steve Mason will most likely get the first crack at being the starting netminder.
Sep 23 - 3:06 PM

Bryan Little missed Friday's practice due to a minor injury.

Details were not disclosed but the Jets didn't seem too concerned by it. Consider Little day-to-day for now.
Sep 23 - 1:16 PM

Joel Armia left Thursday's game with a minor undisclosed injury.

He did not practice Friday and should be considered day-to-day.
Sep 23 - 1:15 PM

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 22 of 23 shots in Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Hellebuyck can't be faulted on the only goal he gave up, as his teammates allowed Jared Spurgeon to pinch in from the point before he roofed a shot high and blocker-side. The Jets signed Steve Mason to a two-year contract this summer, but Hellebuyck should still be considered the team's goalie of the future. It's a big year for the 24-year-old.
Sep 21 - 11:06 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have removed Leon Gawanke from their training camp roster.

Gawanke had eight goals and 32 points in 54 games with the QMJHL's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles last season. Winnipeg selected him with the 136th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 21 - 4:36 PM

Skyler McKenzie has been cut from the Winnipeg Jets' training camp roster.

McKenzie had 42 goals and 84 points in 72 games last season with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks. Winnipeg selected him with the 198th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 21 - 4:35 PM

Nic Petan has been seeing time on the wing at training camp.

Coach Paul Maurice believes the move will give Petan a better chance to make the team going into the regular season. "Playing the wing this year, it's a bit different but I'm coming in with a bit more of an offensive mindset," said Petan. "I'll make my plays, but try to get as many shots off as I can. Having the games played that I do and having more experience, I think I know what it takes now to finally play a full 60 minutes and a full 82 (games). My body is ready for it, I'm ready for it." He has registered three goals and 19 points in 80 games with the Jets over the past two seasons.
Sep 21 - 8:38 AM

Nikolaj Ehlers scored a goal in Winnipeg's 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

Ehlers scored the first goal of the game, but the Oilers responded by scoring four unanswered goals. Ehlers had a solid sophomore season in the NHL last year, as he scored 25 goals and 64 points in 82 games. It's reasonable to expect the 21-year-old to improve those numbers this season.
Sep 20 - 11:56 PM

Tyler Myers is back to 100 percent after he was limited to just 11 games last season.

"It was a tough recovery and a long road, but we got through it," said Myers of his groin issue. "I'm feeling good now and it's exciting for me to be back on the ice with the guys. You just have to put last year behind you and I don't feel like it's going to take too long to get back into the swing of things. Things are moving forward, looking up. I want to get back to helping the team." His son, Tristan, is also doing well after he was born five weeks prematurely and then suffered a stroke. Myers is ready to focus bouncing back for the upcoming season with the problems of last year behind him.
Sep 20 - 9:54 AM

Kyle Connor wants to secure a roster spot with the Jets entering the 2017-18 season.

Connor got his first audition in Monday's exhibition game against Minnesota when he started on a line with Adam Lowry and Joel Armia. "It's preseason, but you can always go out there and show something," he said. "(The depth chart) can change any day, so for me, I need to (worry) about what I can control and play my game out there and show that I belong." He could claim a third-line spot going into the regular season.
Sep 19 - 9:39 AM

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 34 of 36 shots in regulation in a 3-2 shootout loss over Minnesota.

Hellebuyck surrendered a goal in three shootout rounds. Most netminders aren't playing full games at this early stage of the preseason, but Hellebuyck was an exception. Winnipeg went into camp with three goalies signed to one-way contracts between Hellebuyck, Steve Mason, and Michael Hutchinson. Hellebuyck is likely to enter the season as the number two goalie in that depth chart behind Mason, but we'll see if the preseason can influence that.
Sep 18 - 11:06 PM

Dustin Byfuglien is projected to see less ice time in 2017-18.

Byfuglien averaged a league-leading 27:26 of playing time per game last season. The Jets were missing plenty of defenders, mostly due to injuries, so Byfuglien had to take on more ice time. If Jacob Trouba, Josh Morrissey, Toby Enstrom, Tyler Myers and Dmitry Kulikov can stay healthy then there won't be as much pressure on Byfuglien and he can get a breather during penalty kill situations.
Sep 18 - 10:06 AM

The Jets started training camp by icing what may be their top two lines come the start of the season.

Mark Scheifele skated between Patrik Laine and Blake Wheeler, while Bryan Little centered Mathieu Perreault and Nikolaj Ehlers. Needless to say, the winner in this alignment is Perreault, who could put up some lofty numbers skating with the crafty Little.
Sep 16 - 12:53 PM

Patrik Laine feels more comfortable going into his sophomore season.

"It's just easier. Obviously, on the ice everybody knows you and what you are capable of, so that's going to be harder, but the things off the ice are going to be a little bit easier. I know what to expect and I know how to handle those things," said Laine. I'm just super excited to be here again and get the season started." Laine shined in his rookie season with 36 goals and 64 points in 73 games. He wants to take his game to another level in 2017-18.
Sep 15 - 4:30 PM

Bryan Little has signed a six-year contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets.

His new deal has an annual average value of $5.291 million. Little produced 21 goals and 47 points in 59 games last season. He is excited about being part of the Jets for the long term and feels they have a bright future.
Sep 14 - 10:02 AM


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