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September 18 2015 06:45AM

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Jake Virtanen stands out in Van, Harvey the Hound one of Flames All-time greats, Nylander will make it hard on Leafs, Ehlers ready to make the jump, protecting Connor McDavid, the NHL's growing image problem and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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Paul Maurice open to moving Bryan Little to wing

Garret Hohl
September 18 2015 06:16AM

The Winnipeg Jets are coming into training camp with five players who have played centre as a top-nine player in the National Hockey League.

In an interview on the Hustler and Lawless show on TSN1290, Head Coach Paul Maurice discussed the possibilities of moving a centre to the wing, including Bryan Little.

Here are some thoughts on the Jets depth.

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Manitoba Moose add John Albert and Ben Walker on AHL deals

Garret Hohl
September 17 2015 02:49PM

The Manitoba Moose announced that they have agreed to AHL contracts with two former St. John's IceCaps' forwards, with John Albert and Ben Walker.

This adds some organizational depth to the Winnipeg Jets farm team, that was lacking in depth and experience.

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Some numbers on the Winnipeg Jets at the YoungStars Tournament

Garret Hohl
September 16 2015 02:04PM

The YoungStars tournament has come to a close. The Juniour Winnipeg Jets went 1-2-0 but not all is loss.

The weather was nice. The people were friendly. Hockey was played. And we got to watch some of our favourite prospects play our favourite sport.

Between Canucks' Army and Jets' Nation, we had four analysts sitting beside each other, which made it easy to watch the game while tracking a few numbers.

Not much can be made of a maximum of three game sample, whether by eye-test or numbers, but let's break down some of the tournament.

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Why have the Winnipeg Jets dressed terrible fourth lines?

Garret Hohl
September 16 2015 11:17AM

Last year the Winnipeg Jets suffered some significant injuries to both their forward and defensive cores. To patch the holes temporarily, the Jets' General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff traded for Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak.

After the dust settled, the Jets became a team able to play four lines without much risk of playing penalty kill hockey at 5-on-5.

Michael Frolik has now left the Jets, but his roster spot --and perhaps his role-- has been replaced by the return of Alexander Burmistrov.

However, the loss of both Tlusty and Stempniak has sent the Jets fourth line back to unknowns of prospects and AHL fringe players.

Will the Jets finally be able to dress a competent fourth line this year, or will it be a return of the shorthanded even strength chase in the defensive zone?

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