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Pilot’s Logbook 2018-19: Jack Roslovic

A year ago, Jack Roslovic was considered part of a second wave of young talent of sorts that would take another step to being full-fledged, productive members of the Winnipeg Jets along with the likes of Sami Niku and Mason Appleton. Fast forward a year and it didn’t quite turn out that way, but there is still lots to be hopeful for as Roslovic showed plenty of un-tapped potential and when given a chance to run with a top offensive line, he held his own.

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JACK ROSLOVIC
#28 – CENTER
6’1″ / 187 lbs / Age: 22

THE NUMBERS

JACK ROSLOVIC 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON STATS
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 77 9 15 24 -2 4 74 12.2 125 9:45 91 118 43.5 21 32 25 18
Career 109 14 24 38 2 6 113 12.4 201 10:28 110 144 43.3 31 52 39 30
JACK ROSLOVIC 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON ADVANCED STATS
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 77 702.3 642 655 49.5 0.9 479 484 49.7 1.5 27 7.8 28 92.2 100.0 59.5 40.5
Career 109 1056.5 954 995 48.9 -0.2 707 742 48.8 -0.3 45 8.9 40 92.5 101.4 56.0 44.0

CONTRACT STATUS

This past season was the second year of a three year, $3,412,500 deal signed on July 18, 2016. Roslovic will be a restricted free agent when his contract expires July 2020 (Source: NHLNumbers.com)

PLAYER’S SEASON IN REVIEW

Roslovic continues to show promise even if his season was a little bit up and down but a lot of that can be attributed to a young player still trying to find his way at the top level and a coaching staff that didn’t seem to know what to do with him which really was just a continuation of the struggled Paul Maurice had a season earlier trying to find a good fit for the young American forward. He spent most of his time on the club’s bottom six forward group. Mathieu Perreault seemed to be a pretty consistent linemate through the season. Brendan Lemieux was a pretty consistent linemate as well for the first half of the season while Andrew Copp was on his line down the regular season stretch.

There was a stretch of games where an injury to Nik Ehlers opened the door and gave Roslovic some second line duty with Bryan Little and Patrik Laine. While the trio had some mixed results, Roslovic got to play higher than average minutes including a lot more time on the power play. That increase in ice time gave him more chances to impress which he did as the calendar flipped from January to February when he picked up a hat trick against the Anaheim Ducks and had six points in four games en-route to being named the NHL’s first star for the first week of February.

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When Nik Ehlers returned to the lineup, Roslovic again became an odd-player out of the lineup. Near the very end of the season he was put on the third line with Adam Lowry and the results were respectable, but Roslovic is more of an offensive player and it felt like his ability was being handcuffed.

Source: HockeyViz.com

THE PLAYOFFS

Jack Roslovic 2019 Playoff Stats
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 5 8:29 0 2 0.0 2 4 1 0
Career 16 0 3 3 5 2 9 0.0 20 9:40 2 3 40.0 3 14 5 3
Jack Roslovic 2019 Playoff Advanced Stats
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 6 50.9 46 47 49.5 -0.1 29 33 46.8 -2.7 2 9.1 1 95.5 104.5 56.0 44.0
Career 16 154.8 138 138 50.0 -1.6 97 104 48.3 -4.5 8 10.7 3 96.2 106.8 62.0 38.0

Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table

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One thing Paul Maurice was very guilty of in the playoffs was shortening his bench which included limiting ice time to players like Roslovic who earlier in the season had been trusted to fill the role of an injured Nik Ehlers, but wasn’t counted on at all in the post-season. That all said, we can’t say too much about his playoff performance as it was ok, but not outstanding either.

WHAT WE SAID A YEAR AGO

Roslovic bounced up and down the lineup as Paul Maurice tried to find an ideal fit for the youngster playing him mostly on right wing and typically with Bryan Little as his center and Mathieu Perreault on the other wing. It didn’t seem to matter who exactly played with him after a handful of games getting used to the pace of NHL play and finding a place usually on the third line, Roslovic was a solid contributor to his team’s success most nights. In the month of February, he had a point or more in nine of 12 games played.

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FUTURE OUTLOOK

At 22, Roslovic still has plenty of room for growth and he should multiple flashes of potential last season when pressed into top six forward duty. Next season will be a big one for him as he needs to take that next step in convincing his coaches to hand him such a spot on the roster on a full time basis, but some of the onus will also be on the coaches to pair him with complementary players as Roslovic can’t quite carry a line on his own yet – at least, not that we’ve seen or have been given a chance to see. That said we’re also going to need to find out if he has a future up the middle of the ice for the Jets, or if he can adjust to being a full time right winger – something he started to adapt very well at as last season wore on.

FINAL GRADE: C+