Player News - Jets

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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 alongside Brent Burns.
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

Teammates Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane were involved in a bit of a controversy recently.

Wheeler told an ESPN writer that Kane needs to step up and be a leader of the Jets. It's a bit odd to see one player directly calling on another to do more as opposed to addressing the team in general without naming names. What elevated this situation further was Kane's decision to tweet Wheeler asking why Wheeler didn't text him if he felt that way. That of course raises the question of why Kane continued to address the matter publicly if he wanted to turn it into a private conversation. Either way, there's no question that Kane didn't live up to expectations last season and the Jets are depending on him to bounce back in 2014-15.
Sep 10 - 12:18 PM

There have been some shaky reports about Evander Kane's relationship with the Winnipeg Jets, but he told TSN 1290 that he's happy to remain with the team.

Only time will tell if such comments are just lip service - or if management wants to make a change - but Kane merely entering next season with a clear head would be helpful. Despite being limited to 19 goals and 41 points in 63 games last season, the expectation is that his ceiling is much higher. In fact, Kane seems like a great buy-low candidate as an emerging power forward who could threaten for 30+ goals and 100+ PIM if all goes well.

The Winnipeg Jets will keep their AHL affiliate in St. John's through the end of 2015-16.

The Jets would like to find a minor-league team that's closer to home, though. "Certainly we're happy with the arrangement and the affiliation agreement and how our players have been treated and the quality of the organization," GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Wednesday. "We've talked about the logistical concerns and those certainly still remain from a geographical standpoint -- the time and the travel -- but at the end of the day we're excited to be able to partner with them and know that our players are playing in a first-class city and with a first-class organization. What happens long-term, those things at the AHL level are always very fluid."
Sep 4 - 9:28 AM

Nikolaj Ehlers has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

Ehlers has a lot of offensive upside, but it would still be somewhat surprising to see him stick with the Jets in 2014-15. After being taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he's expected to return to the QMJHL so that he can continue to hone his game.
Sep 2 - 5:10 PM

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