The Winnipeg Jets have submitted their opening roster for the 2021–22 season, PuckPedia reported Monday afternoon.
The roster features 22 players (12 forwards, eight defencemen, and two goaltenders) who are healthy and under contract.
The #NHLJets opening roster submission is $5,262,979 over cap w/ 22 players (12F/8D/2G) + Little LTIR, setting that as their LTIR Pool & how much they can exceed cap this year.
This was $29K from the max possible LTIR pool w/ Little ($5.292M)https://t.co/Hz0WLQsh6a
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) October 11, 2021
33-year-old centre Bryan Little will start the season on long-term injured reserve as he continues to deal with the head injury that sidelined him for the entire 2020–21 season. With Little on the shelf, the Jets will feature $5,252,979 of LTIR cushioning at their disposal in 2021–22.
Here’s how the rest of Winnipeg’s opening roster breaks down:
- Forwards (12): Blake Wheeler, KYLE CONNOR, MARK SCHEIFELE, Nikolaj Ehlers, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp, Adam Lowry, Kristian Vesalainen, Cole Perfetti, Riley Nash, Jansen Harkins
- Defencemen (8): @Josh Morrissey, Nate Schmidt, Neal Pionk, Brenden Dillon, Dylan DeMelo, Nathan Beaulieu, Logan Stanley, Ville Heinola
- Goaltenders (2): @Connor Hellebuyck, Eric Comrie
The Jets also haven’t assigned forward Evgeny Svechnikov to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, but the 24-year-old winger doesn’t currently have an NHL contract (he attended Winnipeg’s training camp on a professional tryout, having already signed an AHL deal with Manitoba).
With the Jets now having access to their LTIR space, expect a Svechnikov contract to be announced shortly.
The Jets will open their 2021–22 season on Oct. 13 when they take on the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center at 9:00 p.m. CT.
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