Player News - Jets

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The Winnipeg Jets have taken Logan Stanley with the 18th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Jets moved up to take Stanley by sending the 22nd and 36th picks in the draft to Philadelphia for the 18th and 79th choices. Logan Stanely is quite intriguing. At 6'7" and a slim 225 lbs, it's clear that the 18-year-old still needs to fill out his body and also grow more acclimated to his own frame and abilities. Likewise his defensive and physical prowess is undeniable, not to mention his willingness to put opponents in their place - see his 103 PIMs. Stanley may never be a big contributor on the scoreboard, having posted just 17 points in 64 games, but that’s the thing about big, strong defenders - once their skills click in, they become enormously difficult to stop. In the meantime, he’s a classic big and tough defender who makes opposing forwards’ lives hell and there's always a roster spot for this kind of player. 

Jun 24 - 9:37 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have taken Patrik Laine with the second overall pick.

If there’s anyone that could have challenged Auston Matthews to be the first overall pick, it’s Patrick Laine - and he’ll tell you that himself. The self-appointed "best player in the draft" certainly has the resume and the skillset to make good on his claim. Internationally for Finland he posted 22 goals in 24 games, including contests at U-18, U-20 and the WHC. He also captured MVP honors in the SM-Liiga playoff and WHC to boot. The 18-year-old winger comes in at 6’4" and 210 lbs with a powerful stride, deft hands, keen hockey-sense, and the ability to put the puck through the net from anywhere on the ice. The Jets may have missed out on Matthews, but they can't be disappointed with the opportunity to have Laine for years to come. He could be a star for them in the not too distant future.
Jun 24 - 7:29 PM

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said he would match any offer sheets for Jacob Trouba.

It's pretty rare for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets anyways so this is a threat that Cheveldayoff isn't likely to have to make good on. At the same time statements like his could dissuade potential suitors from pursuing Trouba in the first place.
Jun 23 - 1:04 PM

Michael Hutchinson has signed a new two-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

His new deal carries a very affordable annual average value of $1.150 million. Hutchinson struggled in 2015-16 with a 9-15-3 record, a 2.84 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
Jun 21 - 10:20 AM

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn't looking to trade Jacob Trouba.

"Trying to trade Jacob Trouba?" Cheveldayoff said. "This is an interesting time of year. I've seen lots of different scenarios out there of teams that are pushing hard that I haven't even heard from and I've talked to different teams that have asked different questions that I've certainly asked myself. I'm not trying to trade anybody. I think in this game there's a distinct possibility that anybody can get traded." Trouba will become a restricted free agent on July 1st if he and the Jets can't agree to terms on a new contract. The 22-year-old has enormous potential, but the Jets have already invested a good chunk of money into their defense with Dustin Byfuglien, Toby Enstrom and Tyler Myers all on contracts north of $5 million.
Jun 14 - 8:34 PM

Mark Scheifele is sure to get a significant contract boost in the summer.

He completed the 2015-16 campaign with career highs in goals (29) and points (61). Scheifele was scorching hot down the stretch when he became the NHL's top goal and point producer from Feb. 18 to the end of the year. He amassed 17 goals and 34 points in 26 games over that span. Scheifele is a restricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 14 - 8:48 AM

Jacob Trouba needs a new contract this off-season.

The 22-year-old defenseman has completed his entry-level deal and he has contributed at least 20 points in each of his previous three seasons. He had six goals and 21 points in 81 games last year.
Jun 14 - 8:43 AM

Winnipeg holds three of the top 36 picks at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Jets have two selections in the first round, including the second and 22nd overall picks. They are expected to take Patrik Laine at pick No. 2 should the Maple Leafs go with consensus No. 1 choice Auston Matthews.
Jun 14 - 8:39 AM

Ivan Telegin will probably sign a three-year deal with the KHL's CSKA, according to his agent.

A previous report suggested that Telegin would sign a two-year contract. The then Atlanta Thrashers drafted him in 2010, but Telegin moved to the KHL in 2014 and hasn't returned to North America since. Now it looks like he won't attempt to play in North America again for a long time.
Jun 7 - 4:57 PM

Patrik Laine doesn't think it's a foregone conclusion that Toronto will draft Auston Matthews over him.

"Of course, I want to be the first guy," Laine said. "I think that’s possible." Laine, who is commonly projected to be the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, is certainly not lacking confidence. He recently said that he thinks he can become the next Alex Ovechkin. As for Matthews specifically, Laine feels that they both have their strengths and he "wouldn’t say one of us is better than the other." Laine does see the upside in getting taken by Winnipeg with the second overall pick though. It would be an opportunity for the Finnish forward to follow in Teemu Selanne's footsteps, albeit with a different version of the Winnipeg Jets.
Jun 6 - 3:18 PM

The Colorado Avalanche are reportedly interested in acquiring Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

On Saturday, Friedman mentioned that he believed the Avs are targeting Trouba. "Tyson Barrie‘s future there is not that certain but I don’t think [the Avalanche] want to trade him until they can add some help," Friedman said during his "Headlines" segment. "I believe one of the targets is Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba. I’m not saying Winnipeg’s going to do it, but I think that’s a player Colorado would like to get its hands on." It'll be interesting to see if Winnipeg is interested in parting ways with their young defenseman. The 22-year-old had six goals, 21 points and 62 penalty minutes in 81 games during the 2015-16 season.
Jun 5 - 11:32 AM

Patrik Laine believes he'll be the next Alex Ovechkin in five years from now.

During last month's World Championship, Laine made it clear that he looked to the Capitals' sniper. During the draft combine, he told TSN's Gino Reda that it'll likely take him five years to like Ovechkin. The Finnish forward is expected to be the second overall pick in this month's NHL Entry Draft behind Auston Matthews. The Winnipeg Jets currently own the second overall pick.
Jun 5 - 11:16 AM

Expected number two overall selection Patrik Laine is apparently dealing with a leg injury that prevented him from finishing his tests at the NHL Combine this week.

It is the same leg that was surgically repaired a few years ago. The injury was sustained at the recently completed World Hockey championships in a game against Canada. Corey Perry allegedly stuck his leg out in a questionable fashion which led to Laine's injury. At this point no one believes this injury is serious or will impact on Laine's draft position. Stay tuned.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 4 - 12:27 PM

Ivan Telegin is closed to signing a two-year contract with a KHL club.

Obviously that would prevent Telegin from heading back to North America in an attempt to make the Winnipeg Jets. He had six goals and nine points in 41 KHL contests in 2015-16.
Jun 2 - 2:26 PM

Nelson Nogier has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Winnipeg.

He posted 21 points and 79 penalty minutes in 69 games with Red Deer of the WHL last campaign. Nogier was a fourth-round pick of the Jets in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Jun 1 - 3:24 PM


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