Jets Re-Assign Eight To Moose Including Ondrej Pavelec

As expected, the Winnipeg Jets trimmed their roster down Monday morning as they re-assigned eight players to the Manitoba Moose in an effort to get to the 23 man roster limit before Tuesday. Forwards Andrew Copp, Marko Dano, Chase De Leo, Anthony Peluso and Nic Petan; defensemen Julian Melchiori
and Brian Strait
as well as goaltender Ondrej Pavelec have all been sent to the AHL with Pavelec, Peluso, Melchiori and Strait needing to clear waivers with a chance to be claimed before joining the Moose.

Analysis

  • An end of an era for the Jets with Pavelec – the team’s defacto starting goalie for the first five seasons in Winnipeg – being waived. We knew there was a ‘shoe to drop’ with the Jets goaltending situation, but many of us had assumed that the season would start with Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson with Connor Hellebuyck in the AHL as he was the one goalie within that trio that didn’t need to clear waivers. The problem was it was very obvious to anyone with working eyes that Hutch and Helle were likely better options in goal. Pavelec did post a 31 save shutout in his one preseason appearance against the Calgary Flames, but the Flames hit the post four times in that game and Pavs was constantly was flopping around the ice and out of position.

  • Brian Strait was signed by the Jets over the summer with the idea that he would be added depth on the blueline be it on the bottom pairing or as the team’s 7th defenseman. Neither of those things are obviously happening now and it’s likely for the best as he was simply awful at trying to help move the puck out of his zone and had a stretch of three minor penalties taken in two games – obviously not a good stat to have for a team looking to cut down how many penalties it took from last season.

  • Anthony Peluso was the last “really notable” name on that list. It’s simply a case of Peluso not being able to bring anything to the team other than the ability to punch people in the face which is what the league has been going away from the last few years but only seems to be that the Jets have figured out this year. With the likes of Thorburn and Stuart still on the team, that was more than enough “grit” for the club.

  • Andrew Copp and Marko Dano had to be “close” to making the team and don’t be shocked if both are called back up to the main club sooner rather than later. Both had solid camps, but with the youth that is already staying on the team the coaching staff may have felt better going with veterans like Thorburn and Shawn Matthias to start the season.

  • Let’s talk about who is still on the club! Joel Armia, Kyle Connor and Brandon Tanev to be specific. All three had great camps, but past history has shown that even a great camp by a rookie didn’t always equal a spot on the Jets main roster. Connor’s scoring prowess and ability to play along side top players like Blake Wheeler and Brian Little and not look out of place at all punched his ticket. Armia has displayed a real comfort level in playing a bottom six forward role with the potential to chip in some offense. Tanev is the pleasant surprise of Jets camp as he constantly made smart plays and was still displaying a willingness to hustle and be a thorn in the side of opposing players.

The Jets roster is now down to 15 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goaltenders which is still one over the 23 player limit that needs to be established by Tuesday. Expect that final person to be Brendan Lemieux who will either be sent down to the AHL or placed on IR as he has been dealing with injury.

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  • s8cc

    The ideal goaltending for the Jets team would’ve been Pavi & Hellebuyck and Hutch to moose but it had to go the other way because Maurice and Chevy fail to realize experience matters! Who stood on their a$$ to take this team
    To the one lousy playoff game? This is a huge mistake! They will
    Regret! I hope Pavi walk away and NOT report to the moose as he doesn’t belong there.

  • Wall2Wall-27

    Pavelec was given plenty of opportunities and he did what he did, so the Moose is not much of a surprise. Don’t think Peluso was ever given a decent chance, especially compared to Thorburn. ‘Twas my team, Peluso & Copp stay with the Jets and Thorburn & Burmistrov are Moose bound!

  • ktecACadaptor

    Feel bad for Pav but it had to be done. To look on the bright side, his aberrational performance during the 2014-2015 season helped bring the first Jets playoff games in almost 20 years. He’ll be down on the Moose making huge coin for another year. I just wish he didn’t get such a huge contract which made using him as a backup completely unreasonable.

    On the other hand, the Pavelecian School of goaltending is truly something to behold though. Barret Jackman’s 3rd-period blueline dump-turned-goal in a tie game against the Blues in March 2015 while Jets were fighting for a wildcard spot still hurts.

    Good luck Pavelec. At least there’s been no tracksuit incident and you didn’t publicly request a trade.

  • s8cc

    This is the decision I wanted to see on the goaltending front. It’s a tough gig for Pavs, but his play put him in this situation. I also wouldn’t write him off entirely, injuries and bad/stellar play can change roles very quickly in the NHL.

    As an aside, is anyone else stoked for the Moose? It’ll be nice to have a farm team that can compete for a title other than worst team in the league …

    • Dr. Rocktopus

      Well, the Moose forwards look pretty great, and they’ll have solid goaltending. The big question is whether the D corps manages not to be terrible.