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.
July 01 2015 11:47AM
Burmi will once again play in the NHL!
The Winnipeg Jets have announced the re-signing of the young forward Alexander Burmistrov to a two-year deal. The Jets did not announce AAV though, which is unusual for the Jets. This has lead to some speculation on whether or not it is a sign-and-trade.
July 01 2015 11:32AM
The development camp is a great time for Jets' fans to get a first time viewing of the new crop of draft picks. It is also a time the team gets to invite some unprotected prospects to see if any are worth a contract or tryout at the prospect tournament in Penticton.
July 01 2015 10:48AM
Hustle-chuck will dress in the polar-night blue once again!
The Winnipeg Jets have announced the re-signing of depth forward Matt Halischuk to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750 thousand in the NHL.