July 01 2016 11:44AM
Photo credit John E. Sokolowski
The Winnipeg Jets have made their first move for free agency in signing Shawn Matthias to a two-year contract at an average of 2.125 million per season.
July 01 2016 11:19AM
The Moose announce that they've signed five players: Jake Baker, Brandon Denham, Jiri Fronk, Darren Kramer and Tyson Wilson.— Manitoba Moose (@ManitobaMoose) July 1, 2016
The Jets started free agency!...
Okay, no. The Jets have not started, but the Manitoba Moose have. The Moose sign five players to AHL contracts.
July 01 2016 10:48AM
Photo credit Bruce Fedyck
Happy Canada Day, better known in the hockey world as free agency day. Today the Jets and multiple teams will look to replace players leaving and add pieces to make their team work.
Let's take a look of what we may see today.
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July 01 2016 06:26AM
Stamkos says no to Leafs, Taylor Hall traded, Canucks get fined, Lucic isn't going home, Holland deserves praise for dumping Datsyuk contract, Flames almost pull off big trade, everything you need to know about free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
June 30 2016 11:58AM
Mikhail Berdin was chosen with the Jets final pick in the 2016 draft, in the 6th round, 157th overall. Berdin is the first goalie the Jets have drafted since Eric Comrie in 2013.
Berdin shared the net with fellow draft prospect Vladislav Sukhachev (who went undrafted), playing 22 games for team Russia U18 in the MHL (Russia's junior league). He recorded a 2.07 GAA and .928 SV%. Berdin's most notable performance came at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge, leading the tournament with a 0.80 GAA and .968 SV%. Russia would win the silver medal with Berdin between the pipes.
After the jump, we have a game video from November 16th, 2015 when Russia U18 took on HC MVD. He made 27 saves on 31 shots but was ultimately pulled in the 3rd period after 2 goals in 10 seconds. While not his best game, it should give you an idea of his play style.