The NHL gave us good news that the season is starting up again January 13th; thank Gord for that. In the agreement for the season each NHL team is allowed to have 4-6 players on the taxi squad and one of them needs to be the third goalie; if they are on a one-way contract they will have to clear wavers and they have to get the call-up before 5PM EST unless its a goalie call-up they are going to be the official Emergency back-up goaltender. The Leaf don’t need another David Ayres situation.
I had a look what the potential Moose team could be going into the 2021 season and hopefully I’m wrong but its not looking so hot. A few guys went over the KHL to play this year and with the Jets needing to have 4-6 players sit on the taxi squad the Jets might as well have the best possible team on the ice in case Covid spreads through the main line-up. This would be a perfect opportunity for a couple of guys to practice with and maybe even get a full time job with the Jets.
The Jets Goaltender that would should be brought up is Eric Comrie, in his 8 NHL games he has 4.23 GAA. and a .868 PCT. He is still a relatively young goalie and if he can take a few games if either Hellebuyck or Brossoit go down he can ride the pine and having the chance to take a couple a couple NHL practices might help him gain some confidence if he does get the chance to play in the big show.
Johnathan Kovacvic might get his NHL debut with the Jets.From what I have watch of him he plays in the D-zone very well and is a solid D-man he doesn’t score a ton but when he does he can get such pretty goals. He reminds me of a Darnell Nurse a big body D-man who works are gets up in the offensive play and will hit when need be; he stands at 6’5 and weighs in at 219 so he could be a good guy to have play a few games in case someone goes down or something goes down and the Jets need a big body to do some damage.
Logan Stanley is someone I think could take a step up to the NHL and this could be his chance to step up. Although he has limited points in his 117 games in the AHL I think the big bodied defenseman could be a solid number 8. The last season was not great for the former first round pick; only having 10 points in 44 games but he might need the fire lit under his ass to become what Chevy traded up for back in the 2016 draft. He stands at 6’7 and weighs 227LBs hes a big boy that could give the Jets a menacing presents on the back-end. I know playing him in the NHL would be throwing him into the deep end but if he can learn how to be solid stay-at home defense man the Jets could have the next Chara in their system but that’s only if uses his size properly.
Jansen Harkins would be one of my the forwards that should be on the taxi squad. He got some time in during the play-in round playing 3 games and got his first ever play-in round. He played 29 games with the Jets in the regular season he had 7 points during the regular season and he got into one fight against Drake Baterson of the Ottawa Senators. He plays with confidence he’s still young I do not know if he would break out of the bottom 6 but he can keep up with the play and he gets into the sneaky areas so he might be the answer if and when someone goes down with an injury
CJ Suess has been a solid AHLer and should get a chance to play up in the NHL. He got one game against the Sharks last season and he got one hit and played 6:26 during that game. While he was known to be a scorer while he played for Minnesota State he has averaged .46 points per game while in the AHL. He can play both center and on the wing his skating is pretty damn good the only thing I would be concerned about is his injuries which have held him but if he stays healthy he could be a great 3rd liner if covid or injuries strike the Jets. Suess can also put some goal in the back of the net. I’m not saying he will be a world beater for the Jets if he gets to play with them but this might give him the chance to get a full time NHL job.
Who would you put on your taxi squad? Am I way off or would this be a solid group for the Jets taxi squad?