Winnipeg Jets sign Jack Roslovic to ELC

The Winnipeg Jets have signed 2014 first round selection Jack Roslovic to an Entry Level Contract with an average NHL salary and performance bonus value of $1,137,500. Roslovic played for the University Miami in Ohio last year, but is no longer NCAA eligible as a professional contracted player.

Not being able to return to the NCAA, this leaves three destination possibilities for the 2016-17 season. Roslovic could make the Winnipeg Jets out of training camp, however unlikely that may be. Being drafted from a team outside of the three CHL leagues, Roslovic is not restricted by the CHL-NHL agreement and could play for the Manitoba Moose in the AHL next season.

The most likely place though is in the CHL. In June, we at Jets Nation reported that sources disclosed that Roslovic would be leaving the NCAA and defecting to the OHL likely due to wanting more icetime and responsibilities.

The London Knights now own Roslovic’s OHL rights, which would mean Roslovic would be reunited with former linemate Matthew Tkachuk, provided Tkachuk does not make his NHL team in the fall and does not play for the Moose. The Knights offer the Jets the best development opportunity, as he would likely be playing top-line centre for a powerhouse team.

Roslovic put up 26 points in 36 games in the NCAA, tying for team lead in both points and points per game. The centre-winger’s 0.72 point per game pace was the twenty-third highest in the NCAA for freshmen and tenth highest for drafted freshmen.

  • wojohowitz

    Hmm, I am confused by this. He had an OK rookie season in the NCAA, but nothing like Connor’s. He probably needs more seasoning there or in the OHL. So what do the jets get by signing him now, exactly?

    • wojohowitz

      Money. And he was done with his college career (for one reason or another).

      It’s a great move for his development. I hope he goes out and crushes the OHL next year. The Knights are run really well and I don’t see any downside to him (hopefully) centering a line with Tkachuk.

      • wojohowitz

        Sorry, I don’t think this answers my question. Yes he gets money, but if the plan is for him to play in the OHL (I agree playing for London would be great for him) why sign the contract now? The only way I think this makes sense is if he plays for the Moose this coming year. But my vague impression was that he wasn’t yet ready to turn pro (unlike Connor, who clearly is). Hence, my confusion.

        • wojohowitz

          If he doesn’t play for moose or jets it does not burn a year on his contract. Uts just to get him under contract, so they don’t have a Jimmy Vesey, or Justin Shultz issue.

        • wojohowitz

          Further to what Brock said, it also gives Jets control over the situation knowing that he cannot go back to NCAA. If he’s given a shot at centering Tkatchuk on the first line then he likely plays in London. My guess is that Dvorak and Marner both go pro this year. Otherwise, he’s playing on the Moose under their close watch and will fill one of the centre positions vacated by John Albert (who singed overseas this offseason).