Player News - Jets

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Tucker Poolman is making progress in his recovery from bilateral shoulder surgery.

Poolman underwent his second surgery in the third week of April and he just started to grip a stick again. "It's a slow process but in a month here, I should be able to get on the ice and start progressing from there," Poolman said. He agreed to a one-year entry-level contract with the Jets back in March.
Jun 27 - 10:40 AM

Brendan Lemieux wants to land a spot on Winnipeg's roster next season.

"I think there are jobs, I really believe that this year," Lemieux said. "If there isn't one, I plan on making one. It's not really an option this year for me. I just really want to go in and make my mark." He didn't want to play in the AHL last season, but feels he learned a great deal from the experience. Lemieux recorded 19 points and 130 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Manitoba Moose in 2016-17.
Jun 27 - 10:36 AM

Quinton Howden can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Howden was not tendered a qualifying offer from the Jets, so he can test the open market. He didn't have a point in five appearances with Winnipeg in 2016-17. Howden also notched 13 goals and 24 points in 58 contests with Manitoba of the AHL. Scott Kosmachuk and Ryan Olsen didn't get qualifying offers from the Jets either.
Jun 26 - 4:57 PM

Logan Stanley and other Winnipeg prospects will be on the ice Monday for development camp.

Stanley missed most of the 2016-17 season because of a knee injury. The camp will work differently this time around. "We're really changing what we're doing at development camp this year," coach Paul Maurice said. "Our coaches, NHL guys are going to spend time on the ice on the teaching days. We're going to come off the hammer on them, we're not going to try to show them how hard you've got to work. More work on some of the skills." All eight of the Jets' 2017 NHL Draft picks will attend, including first rounder Kristian Vesalainen. Kyle Connor, Jack Roslovic and Nelson Nogie will also participate.
Jun 26 - 9:48 AM

The Winnipeg Jets have selected Santeri Virtanen in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

He's the second Finnish player selected by the Jets in this draft (they also have some guy named Patrik Laine on their roster). After scoring 45 points in 35 games with TPS’ U18 team over in Finland, Virtanen was supposed to come over to North America to play in the USHL. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old suffered an injury during the preseason and never played for the Dubuque. Once healthy he returned to Finland where he played TPS’ U20 team (he had two goals and six points in five games). Virtanen was selected to represent Finland at the Under-18 World Hockey Championship and he didn’t disappoint. He was able to show off his strong two-way game by excelling with and without the puck. He had six points in seven games during the tournament. He’s smart and skilled enough to develop into a top-six forward at the next level, but we’ll have to see how his offensive game evolves as he gets older.
Jun 24 - 11:58 AM

The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed Ben Chiarot to a two-year, $2.8 million contract.

Chiarot was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st. The 26-year-old had two goals, 12 points and 33 penalty minutes in 59 games in 2016-17. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value heading into next season, as he's more of a depth player for Winnipeg.
Jun 24 - 9:01 AM

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was excited to draft Kristian Vesalainen in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

"He’s a big, powerful player," Cheveldayoff said. "When you get a chance to get a guy who can skate, can go up and down the wings and make plays like he can, you like that opportunity. I had an opportunity to see him play personally at the U-18 world championship and he was one of the players that really jumped out at you there. Big body, will go to the net and will do a lot of the things that will really accent the roster that we have right now." The 18-year-old was named the U-18 tournament MVP after he racked up six goals and 13 points in 13 games with Finland.
Jun 24 - 8:59 AM

Winnipeg has taken Kristian Vesalainen with the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The selection originally belonged to Columbus before it was traded to Vegas and then flipped to the Jets. Vesalainen split last season with Frolunda in the Swedish League and HPK in the Finnish League. His offensive totals were modest with both clubs (six points in 26 games in Sweden, one goal in nine games in Finland), but he opened everyone's eyes with his performance at the 2017 Under-18 World Championship. The 18-year-old was named the MVP of the tournament, as he posted six goals and seven assists in 13 games. He'll have to prove that he can contribute offensively against older competition, but he's on the right track. The fact that he already has NHL-ready size (6-foot-3, 207 pounds) is a bonus.
Jun 23 - 9:26 PM

Although Toby Enstrom agreed to waive his no-movement clause, allowing him to be exposed in the expansion draft, he didn't want to leave Winnipeg.

"I can confirm that Enstrom has waived his no-move as a favour to the Jets organization. Tobias has played his entire career in the organization and has always been treated with the best respect," his agent, Kalle Boden said. "He has warm feelings for the city and the Jets organization and wanted to help them out in a tricky situation. Enstrom is positive the Jets have a bright future and he wants to be a part of that. Therefore he is 100 per cent clear that he wants to stay." In the end, the Jets worked out a trade with Vegas that involved the Golden Knights claiming Chris Thorburn, so Enstrom is still with the Jets. Enstrom, 32, had a goal and 14 points in 60 contests while averaging 21:54 minutes last season.
Jun 22 - 10:28 AM

Toby Enstrom will reportedly be staying with the Winnipeg Jets.

It seems as though the Jets made a trade with Vegas to keep the veteran defender on the roster. The return is unclear at this time, but it is probably a draft pick.
Jun 21 - 4:00 PM

Toby Enstrom could be lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

Enstrom and Marko Dano are viewed as the most likely players to be taken from Winnipeg in the expansion draft. If the Jets lose Enstrom, who agreed to waive his no-movement clause to be exposed, then they will have to look for a replacement defender who can occupy the left side during the off-season.
Jun 20 - 10:33 AM

The Winnipeg Jets have left Toby Enstrom and Marko Dano unprotected.

The Jets did protect the following players: Joel Armia, Andrew Copp, Bryan Little, Adam Lowry, Mathieu Perreault, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien, Tyler Myers, Jacob Trouba and Connor Hellebuyck. Although Enstrom (who will likely be out of action for much of the first half of the 2017-18 season) and Dano may interest Vegas Golden Knight GM George McPhee, there are other options here. Backup goalie Michael Hutchinson or forwards Quinton Howden or JC Lipon may also be considered.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 12:28 PM

Toby Enstrom has reportedly agreed to waive his no-movement clause.

This is huge news for the Winnipeg Jets, as it will allow them to protect another defenseman instead. Enstrom has one year remaining on his current deal at a cap hit of $5.75 million.
Jun 17 - 1:02 PM

Tyler Myers may not be protected by the Jets for the expansion draft.

It is unclear whether the Jets asked Toby Enstrom to waive his no-movement clause, but if they did and he accepted then Myers will probably be protected along with Dustin Byfuglien and Jacob Trouba. Myers was limited to just 11 games in 2016-17 because of injury.
Jun 14 - 10:16 AM

Marko Dano has agreed to a one-year, one-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

The new deal has an annual value of $850,000. Dano appeared in 38 games with the Jets last season and he recorded 11 points. He can now be exposed in the upcoming expansion draft.
Jun 13 - 1:05 PM


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