July 02 2015 04:23PM
The Winnipeg Jets have added depth with the services of Matt Fraser and the re-signing Patrice Cormier. The club announced matching one-year, two-way contracts, with the dollar amount in the NHL coming to 650 thousand over the year.
It was beginning to look like the Manitoba Moose would be fielding a very young team that would struggle a great deal in the competitive American Hockey League. The Jets and Moose will likely have a tonne of players under 21-years-old, many playing pro-level hockey for the first time ever. The two 25-year-olds add some veteran depth for the Moose, with the bonus of some internal competition for the Jets' fourth line at camp.
July 02 2015 11:24AM
The Winnipeg Jets overall depth has been getting stronger and deeper every year.
Still, the Jets fourth line has been near comically bad for years. With the exception of some minor time with Jiri Tlusty, Alex Burmistrov, or Kyle Wellwood, the fourth line has consistently garnered below average results.
There are still "moneypuck" type deals out there that could help change this for the Jets.
July 02 2015 07:58AM
The Winnipeg Jets selected Kyle Connor 17th overall, and we at Jets Nation couldn't be any happier. Connor was ranked 7th in Jets Nation, Canucks Army, and NHL Numbers prospect rankings.
He is a high skilled, high scoring forward, and a tonne of fun to watch.
Check out some highlights of Connor's USHL career.
July 02 2015 07:00AM
Development camps are a pretty useful tool.
The Jets organization gets an opportunity to create relationships with their prospects, while also being able to teach the prospects important lessons on how to become a pro-level hockey player. It's also fun for fans to be introduced to newly drafted prospects and compare them to some of the older Jet prospects.
There is an alternative bonus to development camps. Most teams do not have enough prospects to run a full camp. Because of this, most team's invite non-drafted players, which gives an additional look at players that the team may deem worth earning an Entry Level Contract.
The Jets tend to invite NCAA players at the development camp and CHL players at the prospect tournament, since NCAA players cannot attend a pro-tryout and also the tournament takes place during the school year.
While it is a long shot, sometimes talent is found. The Jets signed Axel Blomqvist to an ELC after a strong performance, although this was at the prospect tournament, not the development camp.
July 01 2015 02:36PM
The Moose have signed goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, and defencemen Aaron Harstad, Brennan Serville and Peter Stoykewych to AHL contracts.— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsahl) July 1, 2015
The Winnipeg Jets add some depth to their organization, signing four players formerly protected by the NHL team to AHL contracts.
This adds some organizational depth, but also gives the Jets organization some extra time to look at players close and personal before deciding on whether or not they have a NHL future.