Player News - Jets

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Coach Paul Maurice wants to see how Ondrej Pavelec performs when the Jets play better around him.

"We need to play a game in front of him that he understands and then we can assess his abilities to stop the puck from that game," Maurice said. "Two years ago when he was voted the most valuable player, I remember him in the net and 'We're not beating that guy tonight.' So the talent is there and we've seen it. Put a structure in front of him that gives him the best chance. He knows what he needs to do to be a No. 1, to be a great No. 1, and that's what our goal is for him. I have confidence in this man and his game." Pavelec will be under the microscope this season, but it sounds like Maurice will give him a very long leash, especially if Winnipeg doesn't make a move to acquire another netminder.
Sep 19 - 7:08 AM

Dustin Byfuglien's play as a forward and a power-play defenseman is likely to continue this season.

He went from a minus-16 to minus-4, while producing 10 goals and 12 assists in 32 games after he was moved to forward. Byfuglien ended up tying his previous career high with 20 goals and he set a new personal best with 56 points in 78 games last campaign.
Sep 18 - 9:35 AM

Zach Bogosian is looking for everyone on the Jets to step up this year and hopefully he was including himself in that statement as well.

"If you look on paper, teams got a lot better," admitted Bogosian referring to Winnipeg's Central Division rivals. "But you've just got to make sure that everyone steps into a bigger role this year and I think we've got the guys on this team that can do that, whether it's a younger guy that maybe had a limited role last year or veteran guys that have been around for awhile. We have a good mixture of guys, it's time for everyone to step up. Everyone knows that." For Bogosian, staying healthy will be important as he has struggled to avoid missing chunks of three seasons due to injury as a member of the Jets. In 55 games last year, he had three goals and eight points to go with 134 shots and a plus-3 rating.
Sep 17 - 9:48 AM

Mathieu Perreault might help Winnipeg in the faceoff circle this season.

He led the Ducks with a 52.6 winning percentage on 830 total draws during the 2013-14 campaign. The Jets finished 28th in faceoff wins last year at just 46.9 percent. Perreault inked a three-year deal worth $9 million to play in Winnipeg in the summer and he's expected to get an increased role from the one he had in Anaheim despite being penciled in to play on the third line.
Sep 17 - 9:34 AM

Michael Hutchinson knows he has a lot to prove this season, as he enters training camp slated to be Winnipeg's backup netminder.

"I'm just going to come in and take it one day at a time and try and help the team win as many games as I can and just work hard every day," said the 24-year-old goalie. "I think it'll be great. We'll both be able to push each other. The main focus is to help the team win games and if we can both do that, we'll have a successful season." The AHL standout posted a 2-1 record with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in three appearances with the Jets at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Sep 16 - 6:35 AM

Daniel Taylor will attend Winnipeg's training camp on a tryout basis.

He played for Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League last season, where he posted 4-11-0 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.32 GAA.
Sep 16 - 6:28 AM

Nikolaj Ehlers was back in the lineup for the Winnipeg rookie team on Monday after he sat out Sunday's contest with a groin ailment.

He scored in the shootout to help the Jets defeat Edmonton by a score of 5-4. Ehlers was impressive in both games he played in at the tournament.
Sep 15 - 6:37 PM

James Wright has agreed to terms with Zagreb of the KHL, according to his agent.

He posted two assists in 59 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season, while averaging just 9:34 of ice time.
Sep 15 - 11:04 AM

Nicolas Petan scored the winner in overtime against Vancouver for the Jets prospects after they blew a 4-1 third period lead.

"That third period we just protected the lead too much, gave them too much time to make plays, and the score was a direct result of that," said coach Keith McCambridge. Winnipeg also who blew 3-1 and 4-2 leads during Friday night's 6-4 loss to Calgary at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C.
Sep 15 - 9:57 AM

Nikolaj Ehlers sat out of Sunday's game at the Canucks Young Stars Classic tournament after he tweaked his groin on Friday.

It isn't clear yet if he'll play in Monday's contest, but the decision will be made in the morning. Coach Keith McCambridge said the team is being cautious with Winnipeg's 2014 first-round draft pick.
Sep 15 - 9:39 AM

Josh Morrissey is hoping his whirlwind season last year has provided him with the experiences he needs to make the Winnipeg Jets this autumn.

Morrissey played 112 games in total last season, split between pre-season skates with the Jets, the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders, a spring run with the AHL's St. John’s IceCaps and a holiday stint with Team Canada at the world juniors in Sweden. "Last season, I grew a lot as a player," Morrissey said. "I was able to gain a lot of weight this summer — close to 10 pounds. and having the experience in (the AHL) last year, playing 28 games, really helps me out just feeling comfortable up there with the pros."
Sep 14 - 4:41 PM

There are strong arguments for and against putting Winnipeg Jets "rover" Dustin Byfuglien back on defense.

Ultimately, many lean toward keeping him on D rather than at forward, even if there are good arguments both ways (The Score did a great breakdown of that today). The important thing is that Byfuglien is likely to get F/D distinction, making him a pretty unique asset.
Source: The Score
Sep 13 - 6:14 PM

Nikolaj Ehlers was impressive in the Jets' rookie game Friday night.

Although they lost 6-4 to the Flames, Ehlers scored a beautiful goal with a shot just under the crossbar that demonstrated his tremendous shooting accuracy. St. John's coach Keith McCambridge was certainly impressed with the team's top pick in this past June's entry draft. "Ehlers, really strong speed and had some really nice plays coming through traffic and the middle of the ice", McCambrdige said. "You can tell that's something he enjoys doing, coming through the middle of the ice." Keep an eye on Ehlers this camp. Although he will likely not crack the Winnipeg lineup this season, he should be a joy to watch for years to come.
Sep 13 - 2:21 PM

Nikolaj Ehlers wants to get an invite to Winnipeg's training camp for a chance to play in the NHL this season.

"I want to make it that far (to main camp). I want to see what it's going to be like," he said. "But it's my first camp here and I can't really say what's going to happen. I guess we'll just see." He'll play in Penticton, B.C., at the Young Stars Tournament first to try to make a positive first impression. Ehlers was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft and he signed an entry-level deal with the Jets earlier this month.
Sep 12 - 7:40 AM

Brenden Kichton will be looking to make a good first impression on the Jets brass in Penticton, B.C., at the Canucks Young Stars Classic tournament.

He was productive in his rookie season in AHL St. John's last year, where he had 10 goals and 48 points in 76 games from the blueline. Kichton wants to make the decision tough for the Jets to send him back to the minors when he attends training camp. "I'm just going to go in there and play how I know I can play and that will take care of itself," Kichton said. "Even if there's no jobs open or you fight to make a job open, that's just the main thing I'm focusing on, just playing my game. I'm not worried who's here and who's there. I'll focus on being the best player I can be."
Sep 11 - 9:31 AM


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